(Photography – Mike Blackett, Make-up – Me)
Is summer finally here?! We can hope 🙂 The warmer days are fighting through for sure, however as the temperature rises, what does it do for our complexions.. Heat and make-up do not always go hand in hand, so how do we stay looking fresh during a heatwave?
Many brands will tell you to reach for a primer to help make-up last longer, and indeed they can but what is it in those primers that is doing that? There are also foundations promising wearing time of 12 hours plus, again what is sticking it to my face?! I personally don’t want my make-up to be able to stay on my skin for hours on end. It would worry me what was going on underneath that make-up, for example can my skin breathe? If said make-up contains lots of mineral oil and silicones than probably not no – NOT ideal on a daily basis in the heat.
Organic make-up will not contain silicones which is why they can sometimes have less longevity than more conventional brands. Some natural brands do contain them and indeed I have some in my kit, this does give them a bit more staying power and a certain feel. I will use them according to the job in hand for example if I know something needs to stay on for a long time perhaps a music video, I might use a primer with a silicone in. However it might not be something I recommend every day during the summer months. There are many other ways you can help your make-up stay on for longer and keep your skin radiant.
- First things first is choosing the right skincare. Choose the products that are best suited for your skin. If you have an oilier skin and you choose a moisturiser that is too rich, on a hot day your make-up doesn’t stand a chance of staying on. Likewise if you don’t give your skin enough moisture, your make-up is not going to look great either. If you are an oily type, your skin still needs hydration. Skipping this step can actually result in a shinier face as your skin produces more oil to try and make up for the lack of water.
- Make sure that your skincare is compatible with your foundation products; some ingredients will sit better on different ones.
- Choose lightweight products in the heat, if you are going to get hot then this is going to be way better for your skin. Use products that allow your skin to breathe and to perspire, otherwise you might end up with summer pimples and get caught in that vicious circle of wearing more make-up. Organic and natural make-up will contain lots of skin friendly plant oils, waxes, butters and botanical extracts etc that can actually help to balance skin, and skin knows what to do it; i.e it will harness the nutrition and goodness to its advantage. Of course we still want to wear make-up in the summer, however no-one wants it melting off. Try BB and CC creams instead of heavier foundations and use concealer where you need fuller coverage. Mineral powders are actually really nice in the heat (if you use a good one) as they have great staying power and help keep shine down, giving skin a controlled glow!
- Application is key when it comes to your foundation and concealer. Applying lots of fine layers and working your base products into your skin, gives them a much better chance of staying on. Just slapping them on isn’t great for longevity or for the finish. Really look at your skin too and only apply where needed.
- Shine is inevitable in the heat, don’t fight it, glowy skin is always sought after anyway. Powder will give make-up extra staying power but within reason, too much can get cloggy. Rather than layering on more and more, try oil blotters to help control shine. A facial mist chilled in the fridge is a lovely way to cool down a hot complexion and will also refresh a tired mineral foundation, as opposed to applying more.
- Whatever make-up you’re wearing be sure to give your skin a good double cleanse at the end of the day. The first to remove make-up, the second to cleanse away grime, sweat and excess sebum. This will help keep skin fresh and minimise how much make-up you need anyway.
Do you wear make-up in the heat? What are your favourite tips for helping it last?