Get melt-proof make-up

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

We all love summer, but not those super-hot days that see our make-up go running down our cheeks. After all, panda eyes will never be pretty (unless you are an actual panda, of course). Fortunately, if you’re smart about the formulations you choose, you can create a fully made-up face that can totally take the heat.

Make time to prime

Primer is similar to foundation in that it gives your make-up something to cling to, ensuring it lasts a little longer on your face. The best place to apply it is to your eyelids as when the temperatures rise, the crease is the first place that’s likely to oil up and cause your make-up to slip off. We like Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, R285, as well as MAC Prep + Prime Eye, R155. If you’re intent on using primer all over your face, look out for something like Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer, R335, and smooth it on after your daily moisturiser.

Lighten up

Summer make up skin

Heavy, textured make-up can turn patchy-looking in the heat so consider swapping any thick foundations for a lighter-textured, tinted moisturiser like Almay Smart Shade make-up SPF 15, R145. You could also look out for light-textured, long-lasting foundations like Clarins Everlasting foundation SPF 15, R335. To keep your coverage in place, set it with a light, oil-free powder like MAC Blot Powder, R220. Because of its super-fine texture, you can reapply it throughout the day without worrying about it clumping up. Another goodie? Oil blotting sheets like Cettua Oil Control Tissues, R29.99.

Get clever with colour

Summer Make up Lips

Instead of adding colour to your cheeks and lips with powder blush or lipstick, look out for a handy, long-wearing lip stain that you can use to colour both. We like Benefit Benetint, R313, as well as Max Factor Lipfinity lip tint, R129.99. Once they’re on, they won’t budge.

Eyes that last forever

Summer Make up Eyelashes

Ensure your eye make-up goes the distance by choosing formulas that promise to stick around, something like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow, R255. It glides on easily with either your finger or a brush. Mascara-wise, pick a humidity-proof formula like Maybelline Volum’ Express One by One waterproof mascara, R109. It helps define each and every lash while adding a little bit of volume.

When it comes to lining your eyes, choose anything that promises water-resistant, smudge-proof wear, something like Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner, R160. This way you get your classic black eyeliner as well as two other shades that promise to complement your eyes.

Written by

Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger (LipGlossIsMyLife.com). She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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  1. Pannack

    The Almay foundation looks interesting already using their mineral make up and it is amazing!

    5 years ago •

  1. G

    Primer and pressed powder, 2 of my lifesavers in summer!

    5 years ago •

  1. DivaDesle

    I love pressed powders. Always keeps me looking fresh.

    5 years ago •

  1. Griffin

    The clarins everlasting foundation is awesome… stays on even when you sweat, which is a bonus for me as a beauty therapist, no need for touch up during the day at work

    5 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    I love Maybelline mascaras!

    5 years ago •

  1. Gleeson

    Oooh! Definitely need to get myself some lip stain ASAP!

    5 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    I have recently started using the primer and it does work. I dont find those unsightly creases on my eyelids

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Anyone know where I can find a yellow primer?

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love lip/cheeck tints! Clear mascara is also great, as it gives the curl and lenght without the running or clumping

    5 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I sweat a lot when its hot so most of my make up ends up on my tissue I am definitely going to try some of this products. I currently use the maybelline volume express mascara and I must say it really does what it claimes. I am very happy with it and would recommend it to any one. Thank you for the great tips

    5 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I Love Mac Make up. I should really get the blot powder.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    MAC and Benefit – Are top two on the list – seen so many great reviews about them.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Love this tips and product ideas. have to get some….asap

    5 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    Does this really exist…melt proof

    5 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    My new favourite is Stila One Step Illuminate, a primer which gives you a glow and hides the flaws. Gorgeous!

    5 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    The oil control tissues work, then again all ther products are very nice.

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    We all wanna look good lol :-)

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Going to try some of these products

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Going to try the Mac Blot powder this summer!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I usually don’t were make up when its too hot but will definitely give it a try with these tips.

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Im crazy over lipteint! I must try this Max Factor one, thanks for the info. Lip and cheek tint is the best ever for natural look and staying power.

    5 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Brilliant, now I will never have runny make up again!

    5 years ago •

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