Sweat-Proof Make-Up

Monday, July 20, 2015

In the midst of the British July heatwave and with August only around the corner, I thought I'd share with you my take on the sweat-proof makeup look because trust me, you don't want to be looking like an oily mess on holiday! For us girls with oily to combination skin the struggle is real. So here is a list of my favourite products for a fuss free, oily free Summer face. 

Primers are an absolute must during this heat. Not only do they help your make-up last longer but many blur your pores and leave your make-up looking much more seamless and put together. My favourites for tackling the heat are the NARS oil free, pro-prime; pore refining primer. As this is oil free it is perfect for underneath your base as not only does it make it last longer but it doesn't leave the added feel of a 'caked up' heavy face. Although this product is oil free, its creamy liquid formula works wonders for making your skin feel super refreshed and adds a touch of moisture to any drier parts of your skin. Perfect for those with combination skin. Another favourite for those with enlarged pores definitely has to be the Benefit Porefessional. 

Tinted Moisturiser
During the Summer months I prefer a much lighter base as this shall initially reduce the likelihood of my make-up appearing oily and slipping off throughout the day. My new favourite (thanks to the many of you who have recommended it to me in blogger chats!) is the NARS pure radiant tinted moisturiser. This contains SPF30 which is perfect as then you don't have to apply a sunscreen to your face as well, as for me at least; the more layers I apply, the heavier and oilier my face becomes. So this bad boy is a perfect all in one. For a tinted moisturiser this gives amazing coverage with a beautiful, silky feel and I have genuinely skipped concealing my blemishes as using this is honestly good enough for me. The finish is super natural and creates a 'your skin but better' glow. A cheaper alternative is the Maybelline dream fresh BB cream, which also contains SPF30! 

Bright Under Eyes
I love looking fresh and healthy in the Summer and so I try to make my make-up reflect this. Prior to make-up application I love to use the Benefit Puff Off to cool and refreshen the under eye area. Although not a permanent fixture this definitely helps me looking a lot more awake and fresh. My favourite under eye concealer is the MAC Pro Longwear in NC15 this makes my eyes look super bright and conceals perfectly any dark circles which I may have.

Setting Powder
These are an absolute must for keeping my make-up intact on a long, hot Summer's day. My holy grail has recently become the Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine which does exactly what it says on the tin. Zero shine. This is the only powder which has prevented my MAC pro longwear from creasing underneath my eyes! This adds a very natural canvas to my skin, blurring my pores, mattifying and setting my make-up. I love it. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, the Rimmel Stay Matte is a great one.

Natural Brows
As I've only recently hopped onto the eyebrow bandwagon, I have been loving using the Benefit Gimme Brow brow gel to keep them in place all day and adding a very natural and subtle tint. 'Au naturale' is key in the Summer months. To keep my brows looking super crisp and neat, I have been in love with the NARS stick concealer in Chantilly to tidy up any smudging, defining the shape of my brows whilst keeping them looking super natural. My brows are never complete without this product.

Contoured Cheekbones
I love defining every part of my face in the Summertime, yet ever so slightly where things are still looking super natural and healthy. I don't want a full contouring routine in the Summer so lately I have been loving dusting over my Benefit Hoola Bronzer along my cheek bones and temples. Not forgetting to lightly dust the ears and neck for a natural, sun kissed glow. There's nothing worse than a Mrs Bronze Goddess face and a Mr Snowman neck. A cheaper alternative which has been my go to for years is the Rimmel Natural Bronzer. Although I'd prefer to use a cream product in the Summer to enhance the 'au naturale' look I unfortunately don't own any, if you have any suggestions of good cream bronzers, please leave them in the comments below!

Big, Fluttery Lashes
As you probably already know if you have been reading my blog for a while; the Benefit Roller Lash mascara has become my absolute holy grail over the past few months. First I take my Urban Decay Subversion lash primer with a few coats of Roller Lash over the top. This keeps my lashes looking super long and fluttery all day without curling them or adding some falsies. The thought of wearing false eyelashes in the Summer makes me feel uneasy, I can just imagine the glue melting and flopping off in the heat and I really can't be dealing with lashes halfway down my face. I also prefer not to wear eyeshadow in the Summer too, the less layers; the better!

Bright Lips and Glowing Skin
Prior to make-up application, a couple alternatives to a primer are the Benefit That Gal or MAC Strobe Cream as not only do they prime your skin, they keep you looking super fresh and glowing all day long. I love a good bold lip in the Summer to compensate for my natural looking face; NARS audacious lipstick in 'Carmen' is one of my all time favourites. Super long lasting, creamy and amazing pigmentation, this shade adds the perfect pop of colour. Red lipsticks are a classic all year round! Prior to lipstick application, I love the Lush Bubblegum lip scrub to remove any dry and dead skin and keep my lips looking and feeling super smooth. Lastly, my Benefit Watts Up highlighter is perfect for that natural golden glow. Cream products in the Summertime are a must.

Prepare Yourself
The best way to keep your make-up lasting all day in the heat is to prepare. I always carry either my NYX blotting sheets or Benefit License to Blot to help keep on top of the shine throughout the day, And of course, my biggest must have preparation tip is to set your completed make-up look with a setting spray. My favourites for tackling the heat are the Urban Decay All Nighter perfect for keeping your make-up 'perfecto' all day.  Or the NYX matte spray is perfect for all those girls with oily to combination skin who need help battling the shine. 

And there you have it, that's this Summer's oil free make-up menu. 

Which products do you use to battle the heat and shine?!
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  1. I use the Nyx matte finish spray and it works wonders! xx beautyybychloe.blogspot.com

  2. I love it! Definitely one of my favourites!

  3. The Nars audacious foundations are a huge favourite of mine too! Also want to try the Nars tinted moisturiser it sounds divine! xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

  4. Do you mean the audacious lipsticks? Haha! And it really is, ahh I'm in love! xx

  5. I need to try the Nars lipsticks, the shade you have looks amazing - love a good red lip :) x

  6. *bows down* at UD setting spray, I could not get by without it. Ahhhh adding Carmen to my stupidly long list of Nars lippies, not that I need anymore haha. Love this post.

    Sarah x

  7. You really do!! They seriously have the best pigmentation and formula ever!! x

  8. It's my holy grail for the heat! And ahah yesss, I added Anna to mine after your post! They are just too beautiful x

  9. Wow! This is such a great guide, though I haven't tried any of these products! Well done


  10. Living in such a hot, humid climate I'm always interested to see what people are using to combat the heat! I wear a full face most days because even though its hot, I have to go to work, lol. I love the Clinique Stay Matte Foundation for Summer. And the Benefit Gimme Brow is always in rotation. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  11. I've only ever used the Clinique cheek pop but I love it! I definitely need to try out more of their products! And yes benefit gimme brow is my saviour!!


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