The face prep tricks that will help your base last, even if you're sweaty

Ace of base

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Ace of base

Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hi, I'm Cher Webb, Pro Makeup Artist and Beauty Influencer. Passionate about all things beauty and taking inspiration from my experience working at Red Carpet events, VIP clients and backstage at Fashion Weeks globally. In my new role as Marie Claire Makeup Master I will be sharing quick and achievable everyday looks, hot Makeup topics and trends!

One of the HOTTEST topics of the moment is how to keep your base super-durable and long wearing in the heat.

This is one of the warmest and longest UK summers and without a doubt the most humid. Here are some tips on how to keep that shine at bay and how to boss that base.


Beauty is skin deep and prepping the face for every eventuality is key to a long wearing flawless base. Lock in your foundation with the best primer that is most suited to your skin type and one that will bring out the best in your complexion.

If you are looking for an all over primer that does everything and works on all skin types try the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, £30.

how to make your base last

This unique smoothing formula blurs imperfections whilst protecting the skin from the environment. An all round beauty staple! If you are looking to absorb oil and reduce redness try the MAC Prep and Prime Skin, £22.50. A total winner, this will lock your base in place.

how to make your base last longer

Givenchy Mister Mat, £29 is an invisible magic gel that leaves a light flawless veil, that's also brilliant at absorbing shine and creating the perfect canvas for makeup.

how to make your base last


I love low maintenance bases, here are some of the best foundations that are heat proof and shine proof. The game changers that I pull out of the bag for red carpet, destination brides and everyday flawless babes...

  1. MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Foundation, £27.50, has up to 36 hours long wear! Say whaaat!!?? Nothing will budge this bad boy! This formula is seamless and lightweight and there's no need for powder touch ups. A strong contender in my makeup kit and my personal makeup bag.

how to make your base last

  1. Estee Lauder Double Wear, £33.50 is a global all star! With it's 24 hour staying power, zero transfer and a medium buildable coverage.

how to make your base last

  1. YSL All Hours Foundation, £33.50 is an absolute game changer with it's gorgeous matte hybrid finish. It's enriched with a signature skincare complex, so it's got your back when it comes to the shine and heat.

how to make your base last


Fixing sprays or make-up setting sprays are a new obsession of mine. You have to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £24. One quick spritz of this magic mist to complete your makeup regime, giving up to 16 hours of wear, winning.

how to make your base last

I also like to take it back to the classics with blotting papers... little mini God-sends. So easy and effective, just lightly press the paper onto the t-zone area and upper lip - any excess oil and sweat from the face will be instantly absorbed without removing any makeup. And you are left feeling really refreshed - genius!

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.