So you're sweating up a storm, your makeup is sliding, and it's only 7.30am. Welcome to an Australian Summer. After 21 years living in Sydney - where yes, Summer is still stinking hot - I'm now based in Queensland where the humid heat is next level. How do you stop your makeup sliding down your face and get the J Lo glow?
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Seriously how is one supposed to wear makeup and freshly styled hair in this ghastly heat? My fine, wispy hair looks like a bad bodywave from the 80's. All. The Time. Not for our friend J Lo. Effortless, hotness. All day long.
I'm frequently asked "how on earth to keep makeup looking fabulous and stop my makeup sliding down my face" and disappearing in the Summer months.
Truth is, it's really bloody hard.
I do have 5 expert tips to keep your makeup looking as fresh as possible whilst under the assault of Summer. Here are 5 expert tips to stop your makeup sliding and look fresh.
1. Lighten up
Unless you've diabolically oily skin and you really can't bear a little dewiness, leave that full coverage mattifying long-wearing, aka suffocating, foundation alone. You all know how I feel about this type of foundation anyway and in Summer ... move away from the full coverage for a lightweight, fresh and luminous makeup look.
Lighten up girl. Let your skin look like skin, yes it might be a dewier version of you - but work with the shine of Summer, not against it.
Choose a lighter weight liquid foundation or BB cream to even out skin tone.
FOR A BARELY-THERE DEWY FINISH
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation SPF 15
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FOR A SATIN FINISH
La Mav Organic BB Creme
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FOR A LUMINOUS FINISH
Vapour Organic Luminous Stick Foundation
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In keeping with the "we're working with the shine and not against it" idea ... Summer is a great time to use a little illuminating liquid, cream or powder to highlight the high points of your face.
Becca Cosmetics Skin Perfecting products.
Choose from a cream or powder these products deliver amazing shimmer and glorious luminosity. They have cult statue amongst makeup artists for good reason.
Ere Perez Vanilla Highlighter in Falling Star and Sun Halo. 100% natural this illuminating cream gives a beautiful subtle glow to the high points of your face.
3. Prep and Set
A makeup setting spray is your new best friend. After prepping your skin with your daily skincare ritual, spritz with a setting spray to help your makeup "stick". Freshen up your makeup throughout the day with another spritz of makeup setting spray.
100% NATURAL PREP, REFRESH and SET
Ere Perez Herbal Face Tonic.
I love this product. the perfect combo of hyaluronic acid for plumping, witch hazel for staying power, and floral ingredients for soothing and refreshing spritz. Guarantee you'll be addicted.
Lily Lolo Makeup Mist.
Best suited to combination skin type.
TRADITIONAL PREP and SET
MAC Cosmetics Prep and Prime Fix +
A staple in every makeup artists kit this product will waterproof makeup. Use before applying foundation and after your makeup is complete.
Blotting shine with powder will lead to cakey mc cake cake face. Instead try blotting excess shine (aka sweat) with a tissue before reaching for any powder and dust lightly over the shiniest zones like your nose, forehead and chin. Better still spritz with your makeup setting spray.
INIKA Matte Finishing Powder
MAC Cosmetics Invisible Blot Powder (pressed)
5. Betray the smudge
To avoid smudgey looking panda eyes, try a tubular mascara or a 100% natural waterproof mascara to avoid smudging.
Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin 'The Volume' Mascara
And whatever you do, do not use antiperspirant deodorant on your face! Please. I heard this tip being spruiked this week and it made me want to scream. Please. For the sake of your skin. Just don't.
Good luck. May you survive the long hot Summer, stop your makeup sliding and glow girl glow. Just like my friend J Lo here.
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