I have oily to combination skin. In the winter I find it hard to keep my skin hydrated and in the summer I find it impossible to keep any sort of make-up in place. Summer is my make-up nemesis meaning more often than not, only a few hours after putting my face on in the morning, I’m a sweaty mess. And let’s talk about the shine! Some days I reflect like a mirror. A sulky, sweaty mirror. Nice.
Suffice to say I’ve tried a fair few products to mattify and prolong my make-up. For those who share my skin woes (oily and combination) or for those of you who find that the summer months cause your make-up to slide south, here are some of my favourite tips for how to stop your make-up from melting and how to beat the heat.
Use gel based skincare:
Gel based products sink into the skin leaving less shine than cream or oil based products. Some moisturisers are designed to leave the skin with a matte appearance.
Try a primer:
Mattifying primers are a real investment as a dual purpose primer helps to keep your make-up in place and cut down on shine. Eyelid primers stop your eyeshadow creasing and can keep them in place for hours.
Products that state they last for a long time, for example colorsports 24 hours eye liner or Estee Lauder double wear stay in place foundation, are designed to cling to your skin and outlast other brands. Wearing a waterproof mascara will stop any smudges from happening but prepare to use an appropriate eye make-up remover such as Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish or Micellar Water because once your mascara’s on it’s unlikely to budge!
Try an all-in-one:
BB Creams (Blemish Balms) are my new favourite thing. They offer up a multitude of different remedies for every skin type ranging from moisturisation, sun protection, coverage for uneven skin tone and can mattify your skin making it look flawless if you choose the right one.
Shift that shine:
Use blotting sheets to remove the excess shine before applying foundation. Don’t scrimp on moisturiser either, your skin gets thirsty in the summer sun so use a gel based moisturiser (see above) with an SPF for extra protection. Afterwards use a pressed powder, applied with a sponge, rather than a brush, to set your make-up and make it last longer.
Fix your face:
Setting sprays are a relatively new concept. I’ve been using Mac’s Fix+ for around six years but the idea is now more widespread, hitting both the highstreet and online brands. Elf’s mist and set spray is similar and an affordable option for those on a budget.
Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products before – have they worked for you?
Do you have any tips for no melt make-up? And what are your favourite summer beauty products?
Thanks for Reading,