We've all been there. The heat turns up a few notches and you suffer from the dreaded makeup slide. Whether you have a long day ahead or a big night planned, it's good to know there are some clever tricks to increase the staying power of your makeup. It all comes down to three simple rules: preparation, the right products, and a finishing touch. Here's how:
Don't skip the moisturiser
Jump ahead to the next couple of stages on our cheat sheet here, and you'll see primer and foundation. Quick note ' applying either of these fab fixes doesn't mean you should skip the moisturiser. Ever!
A good moisturiser will stop makeup collecting in fine lines, giving you a smooth surface to work from. It's also good for your skin, and anything that's good for your skin is good for you! The summer calls for a different kind of moisturiser to pep up your look. Go for something lightweight regardless of your skin type, like Olay's Complete Lightweight Day Fluid for Normal/Oily Skin to reduce oil build-up.
After moisturising, always add an SPF, especially if you're outside during the day. Even if your face cream has SPF in it, beauty experts will recommend adding a layer of SPF sun cream to up the ante and reduce the harmful effects of the sun.
A specially formulated cream for your face like Nivea's Sun Protect & Bronze Face Cream SPF 50 will boost moisture levels and keep you safe in the sun.
Prime for a polished look
There are many good reasons to add a primer to your skincare regime. It powers up your moisturiser to even out fine lines, and it increases the wear-time of your foundation. Water resistant products can be especially handy when the heat is on, and things get a little sweatier than usual.
We love W7's Prime Magic Camera Ready Face Primer for its anti-redness properties
Play for the long-run
Your choice of foundation is a big deciding factor in whether your makeup will stay put or not. Longwear products are made to stay in place all day long, thanks to their lighter weight, less oily formulas.
Check out products like Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. And remember to layer it up to lock it in place. A good pressed powder like NYX's Hydra Touch Powder Foundation will tick all the boxes.
Set to perfect
There's one last piece of the puzzle if you really want to finish your look like a pro. Don't forget the setting spray! Designed to be lightweight and powerful enough to fix your look in place, makeup setting sprays are the saviour of any beauty queen's repertoire. Must-have products include Technic's Makeup Setting Spray for its supreme hardworking properties and comfortable, light feel.