Because long-wear make-up can only take you so far...
The weather is heating up, which is great for our happiness (read: sanity levels), but not so good for our make-up.
If you want yours to stay on your face, instead of sliding down your neck, you need to invest in pre and post application heroes to stay ahead of the balmy climes and swerve melty make-up dramas this summer.
Get more from your make-up with these products and tips…
Think of primer as a barrier for your face. It seals in moisture, so your skin is constantly hydrated throughout the day, provides a smooth, even surface for make-up and keeps your make-up from being absorbed, so you don’t get clogged pores.
On top of all of that, it clings onto make-up, holding it in place.
For oily skin try bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer, £22 and if you’re battling with dry patches, use the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer, £28.
If you’re battling with oily lids (yes, it is a thing) and you want to avoid the annoying crease that forms from eye shadow, try Clinique All About Shadow Primer for Eyes, £16. Trust us, it won’t budge.
And if you’re finding it almost impossible to keep your lipstick in place, prep with Guerlain’s Kiss Liplift, £25. This smoothing lipstick primer not only enhances your lipstick colour, but preserves the pigments throughout the day to make it last longer.
Build It Up
Allow a few minutes before applying the next layer of make-up, so that it can set and hold onto the next layer.
For example, start with a primer and allow it to settle before applying your foundation. Then, let your foundation set, before applying your bronzer. Let your bronzer settle and then apply your blush.
Always remember to let your skincare products sink in for at least ten minutes before applying your make-up.
A setting powder or spray does exactly what it says on the tin – it sets everything in place. Without it, a close brush with the collar of your shirt will end up in a new pattern on your shirt.
If you have oily skin, use a setting powder, like NYX Studio Finishing Powder, £8, to keep everything in place. The mineral formula will absorb any excess oil throughout the day, while the light reflecting particles keep your face looking bright.
If you have quite dry skin, go for a setting spray like Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, £22. It actually lowers the temperature of your make-up to keep everything in place, without absorbing too much moisture.
Do The Dab
To remove excess oil (the main culprit for causing your makeup to slip), use Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers, £9. They absorb surface oil without taking off or smudging your make-up, so you can get rid of the problem and keep your complexion looking flawless.