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Oh we know, it’s terribly British to hark on about the weather, berating the cold and then moaning about the heat, but as much as we’re not, I repeat, not complaining about the long-awaited emergence of Mr Sunshine, the fact of the matter is that heat plus day-to-day life equals, well, a slightly frizzy, shiny meltdown. But with some refreshing advice and the revitalising products you need for face, hair and body, you can make it through the haze without losing your cool.
1. Ace the base
Make-up pros preach restraint when the thermometer rises so pick a lightweight, sheer foundation, or better still, combine your skincare and make-up arsenal and go for a BB cream that contains an added SPF such as Clarin’s BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF25, £28.
Skip the powder – skin should look dewy, not matte or it can start to look fake as things get steamy. For greasy skin use a primer under your foundation such as Smashbox’s Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control, £28, which contains salicylic acid to banish pesky breakouts (for stay-put concealer try mixing an oil-free concealer with a primer).
Finally, apply bronzers sparingly – it’s about using a smaller brush and applying artfully to avoid caking. Or go for a gel formulation such as Sisley Sun Glow Gel, £51.
2. Bright eyes
Eyeshadow slips, mascara moves and eyeliner lasts seconds so keep the palette simple and make-up minimal – 28 degrees is no place for complex contouring.
For crease-free shadow avoid applying moisturiser to the lids – instead go for a primer such as Clinique’s All About Shadow Primer For Eyes, £20. Next, opt for a water-resistant eyeshadow such as Maybelline’s Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadow, £4.99, which contains a high performance weightless wax texture than goes on evenly leaving a film of colour that has the staying power of a tattoo.
For enduring eyeliner, Lord & Berry’s Smudgeproof Eyeliner, £7.50, delivers intense pigment that is blendable for 30 seconds before it sets and then stays put for 24 hours and beyond.
Finally, finish with a heavy-duty mascara such as Max Factor’s Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara, £18.99.
3. Lip sync
Unless kept in the fridge, lipsticks tend to become too gloopy. For sun-dazzled days go for a stain for a cake-free flush of colour such as Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Tint, £5.99, which stays on for up to 12 hours with no reapplying needed. Also, lips burn, too, so keep your pout perky with an SPF such as Bobbi Brown’s Lip Balm SPF15, £15.
4. Beat the heat
Keep your skincare and make-up in the fridge (gel-based masks and eye patches are particularly good in the cooler) for a refreshing treat for your face and to make your make-up last longer.
5. Fresh faced
When it’s 30 degrees in the shade (ok, maybe we’re slightly exaggerating the UK’s capabilities here), a healthy glow soon becomes a sweat, so make sure you cleanse religiously to prevent breakouts and keep anti-bacterial wipes at hand to use on your neck and back.