For anyone who speaks ill of British weather, I strongly advise you to take a look at our recent weather reports. It’s a scorcher! Granted we only get a bit of heat and sunshine 10 days out of the year, but when it gets hot, it gets HOT!
I love a bit of sunshine, but extreme heat can prove to be quite challenging for a makeup lover like me. Foundation, eyeshadow, brow pencil and all that in between can take a turn for the worse when the temperature rises, but surely there’s a solution? Well on most days, I forgo the base makeup – it’s simply not worth my foundation dripping half way down my ankles. However, on special occasions, giving up on my foundation, contour and highlight is simply not an option.
I’m extremely hot blooded, and get quite flustered at the drop of a hat. Even in the winter, I often sleep and get ready with the full blast of my tower fan. Crazy I know, but other than sticking my head directly into the crevice of a deep freezer, I’m not sure what else to do. However, there are a few tips and tricks that I adhere to, particularly in the summer, when I want to keep my cool.
Here are my top 8 makeup hacks when fighting the heat:-
1. Keep your lotions and potions in the fridge – Facial moisturisers, balms, eye creams and gels can all be stored in the fridge to give you an amazingly cooling sensation when applied to the face. Gel-based products feel particularly amazing because of their high water content. Applying a cool base before going in with your foundation regulates your body’s rising temperature and provides you with a great starting point for keeping cool all day. In the summer months, I tend to keep a fair number of my beauty products in the fridge. From eye pencils to my favourite body moisturiser, the cooler atmosphere preserves their functionality and ensures that your money doesn’t melt away (literally).
2. Blot the shine away – It’s a given. Now matter how prepared you are, you are bound to encounter a bit of shine throughout the day. Blotting papers are a God send for ‘glistening’ t-zones like mine and the NYX Green Tea Blotting Papers are by far my favourite. However, there have been times when I’ve been left blot-paper-less and I’ve had to make do with what is around me. Cue fast food napkins. Believe it or not, but I keep a stash of Starbucks napkins in my handbag for days that I need to soak up the grease, but I’m left in a predicament. The napkins actually have the right amount of substance to them to adsorb excess oil without sticking to your skin. What makes them even better is…they’re free (well sort of). Next time you’re out treating yourself to a soy chai latte, make sure to grab a bunch!
3. Bake baby, bake – No I’m not talking about cupcakes here. ‘Baking’ is a technique stolen from the drag world and made famous by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and her makeup maestro Mario Dedivanovic. Baking is simply the method of applying a thick coating of powder with a damp sponge to seal in your foundation or concealer. When the temperature rises, liquid products tend to slip and slide. Applying a thick layer of powder over the top of the liquid ensures it ‘sets’ in place and doesn’t budge all day. You may feel like you’re putting on an unnecessary layer (or rather, several layers) of makeup, but baking actually works in your favour when you want your makeup to last all day and night. Bake in the areas that you normally find your base makeup disappearing i.e. under the eyes and on the t-zone. If you have extremely oily skin – bake your whole face. Who cares?! If it makes your Tom Ford foundation stay where it should be the go for it!
4. Contradict yourself and stick to creams – Contrary to my previous point, sticking to cream based products will ensure that your makeup will win the war against sweat. However, rather than your foundation or concealer, I’m talking blushers and eyeshadows. Cream products ‘stick’ to your skin, unlike powder blushes and shadows. Applying a cream shadow stick or a gel-based blusher will not only save you application time, but will last a lot longer than traditional powders. Clinique’s Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms and Maybelline’s EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadows are two of my best summer time beauty products that I’m obsessed with.
5. Keep your lippie where your mouth is – Most makeup articles will suggest that dark, matte lips are for autumn/winter. They suggest that lip stains, tinted balms and glosses are most suitable for the summer. I say – if you like a dark vampy lip in the peak of July, then you should rock it! However, it’s easier said than done. Keeping a highly pigmented lipstick in place when the weather is warmer is very hard for mere mortals like myself. I do find though that a light dusting of translucent powder over the top of your chosen lippie helps to remove excessive oil and avoids your lips from becoming tacky in the heat.
6. Invest in a good base and top coat – Much like a nail colour, applying a good base and top coat is essential in keeping your face from melting under the sun. I’ve tried many, many, many primers and finishing sprays over the years, but I’ve yet to find a brand as good as Skindinavia. It does exactly what it says on the tin and my makeup stays in tact every time that I use them. So confident in their products, that I recommend them to everyone who is on the look out for something similar.
7. Extend your lashes and avoid mascara woes – There are plenty of waterproof mascaras available on the market, but let’s be honest – they’re a pain to remove. Personally, I find applying lash extensions and strip lashes much easier than applying multiple coats of mascara, worrying about whether or not I look like I’ve been punched in the eyes when I’ve been sweating on the London Underground. Investing in eye lash extensions can not only save you time in the mornings, but it gives you a perfect doe-eyed effect that would be hard to achieve with a mascara.
8. Invest in a facial spray – Facial sprays are slightly different to finishing sprays as mentioned previously. Facial sprays are perfect for adding moisture to parched skin throughout the day and also provides an instant refresh for your makeup. My recent obsession has been Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir Spray and La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water to give me the kind of shine that I really want, not forgetting the cooling sensation it gives me without ruining my makeup masterpiece.
What are your top tips for keeping cool in the heat? Comment below with your suggestions.