So the sun is still shining outside, the temperatures are going up, and the last thing you want to do is sit and do your makeup. I can totally sympathise with this. When it’s hot outside and you’re a sweaty mess, makeup can be so uncomfortable to wear, never mind the risk of it sliding off your face.
I have horrendously oily skin which isn’t helped by the heat. In fact it feels worse sometimes. I love sitting down to do my makeup, but in summer it is something I dread. I find my makeup will look good for all of an hour and then the oil starts breaking its way through again!
But this summer I was determined not to let high temperatures ruin my makeup and I have found a few helpful tips and tricks along the way that might help you too!
1. Use a face wash specifically designed for oily skin. I’m currently using the Loreal green clay mask which has been specifically designed for those with oily skin, with results noticeable from first use. I’ve been using it for about 2 months now and I’ve already seen a huge difference. Yes I still get oily breakouts but nowhere near as bad as they were. It’s also super affordable and a little goes a long way.
2. Make sure you moisturise every morning and evening with a magnifying moisturiser. I’m currently using the Seaweed Oil Control Gel Cream from Bodyshop. Applying this twice a day and concentrating on those oily areas really helps to keep oily breakouts to a minimum.
3. Exfoliation is key to keep skin healthy and to let it breathe. For this I’ve been using Drops of Youth from the Bodyshop. This is a gel like formula which should be applied to cleansed skin and rubbed for a few minutes. You’ll start to notice the dry dead skin coming off (lil bit gross but so satisfying). You only need to do it a couple of times a week but you do notice a huge difference after the first use.
4. Always use a mattifying primer before foundation. I know there are loads of people out there who say primer makes no difference whatsoever. Not all primers do what they say on the tin, but I have been trying out the new Loreal Infallible primer and I have to say it works a dream. It can be used just over skin without any makeup. I’ve been obsessed with this ever since I first tried it 2 months ago and no other primer has worked as well on my skin as this one.
4. Setting spray is your new best friend. Personally I apply it generously to my freshly primed face and then again once I have finished applying my makeup. It definitely helps my makeup to last so much longer and can even be used to make eyeshadows and highlighters pop! My favourite at the moment is the MAC Prep and Prime Fix +.
5. Make sure you use a matte foundation for oily skin. Matte foundations often contain oil control formula to prevent oily breakouts and to help with shine control. I’m currently using the MAC Pro Longwear and it’s my new favourite. A little goes a long way and it’s so easy to blend. See my full review here.
6. And finally, powder! Using a translucent setting powder can really help to mattify down those problem areas. Invest in a good quality finely milled one that won’t clump up on your face. I tend to firstly set my whole face with powder and then reapply during the day as I need to, particularly on those problem areas. I use the rice powder from Affect, but the Laura Mercier translucent powder is just as good.
I hope some of these tips might help. What methods do you use to keep your makeup looking it’s best in this hot weather?
Until next time