Tips and Tricks
Learn how to keep your makeup flawless when the temperature rises
When the weather heats up, thick makeup melts off, so it’s important to rethink your beauty routine for the warmer months. Say goodbye to heavy formulas and cakey powders and hello to sheer washes of colour and multitasking products that can do it all. Read on to discover how to apply makeup for hot weather, and learn how you can look naturally flawless and never flustered.
Start with moisturiser
Even though you might be hesitant to apply nourishing creams to your face when it’s warm outside, it’s key to keep your skin hydrated. Not only is it important for your complexion’s appearance, but it will help give your base a better hold too. Opt for a lightweight product with added SPF, like Paula's Choice’s Clear Moisturiser SPF 30, and you can relax safely in the knowledge that you're wearing some sun protection too.
Chose a lightweight base
You want to try and avoid heavy formulas when it’s warm outside, so full coverage foundations are a no go. Instead, opt for something lightweight and sheer, like the award-winning Radiate Beauty Balm. It's quick drying with a velvety finish that mimics your skin’s natural texture, so you don’t feel like you're wearing anything at all. It’s also packed with ultra nourishing ingredients, like Pectin and Argan Seed Oil, so unlike other mattifying products it will keep your skin plump rather than dry it out. If you're not sure which shade you are, this guide will help.
Embrace warm tones
It’s highly likely your skin will catch some sun during the summer, so warm up your face and even out any areas that may have gone slightly red with the Bronze Summer Glow Powder. The finely milled formula is buildable, so you can choose just how sun-kissed you want to look. Wear it alone to enhance your natural tan or go all out for that ‘just returned from holiday’ look by applying it over cream products. If you really want to maximise this product's potential, why not use it as an eyeshadow too?
Keep shine at bay
Even the driest of skin types get a little greasy when the temperature hits the upper 20s, so stop any oil in its tracks with a translucent powder like the Matte Velour Powder. Dust the sebum-absorbing compact, made from Corn Starch and Silica, all over all over your T-zone with a fluffy brush. It will seal your base in place and stop summer shine in its tracks.
Apply eyeshadow wet
Just because it’s warm outside doesn’t mean you need to forfeit eyeshadow altogether—you just have to be smarter inhow you apply it. Wet your blending brush with a facial mist or water, before applying your favourite shade from the Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette. You’ll find the highly pigmented formulas will last even longer when they're damp, and look even more vivid on the skin. Complete your eye look by defining the lower and upper lash line with the Contour Eye Pencil in Mocha. Black can be too harsh in summer, so this chocolate hue is perfect for giving a subtle definition to your features.
Have fun with colour
Summer is all about expressing yourself with colour, so choose a bright but multipurpose product like the 5 Secs Express Lip & Cheek Crayon and play around with pinks, reds and oranges. Opt for a product with a sheer, but buildable formula, so you can apply it on the lips, on the apples of the cheeks, or even on your eyelids for a unique take on the wet eyeshadow look. For a chic co-ordinated look, you can even try matching your lip colour to your outfit.
Use mascara with caution
Mascara is usually the final step in any makeup look, but it doesn't necessarily have to be during the summer. Lots of formulas melt in the heat and can leave unsightly transfer marks under your eyes, so pick your eyelash products wisely. Give yourself some peace of mind with the Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara, which has been specially formulated to be long wearing and smudge resistant, so you’ll be transfer-free.
Now you’re armed with all of our top summer makeup tips, you’ll never have to worry about shiny skin and smudged eyeshadow again. Time to go and enjoy those garden parties.