Hot weather puts a whole new set of demands on your beauty routine, so make sure you are kitted out appropriately with make-up that is up to the task. From lightening your moisturiser in the summer months to choosing a sheer base that is right for you, beauty expert Annabel Jardella from ReCover shares her tips for choosing the best summer make-up that will stay the course in the sun
Start with a clean, moisturised face; make-up will slide off oily or sweaty skin faster as it can’t ‘adhere’ in the way it is designed to. If you have the time, after you’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised wait a few minutes for skincare to settle into the skin properly before applying colour cosmetics. You may want to lighten your moisturiser in the summer months and there are some great primers out there with SPF protection in. If traditional sun cream makes you breakout, try a facial SPF from a skincare brand you trust. Make sure it’s a sun shield, rather than a moisturiser that contains SPF. I love Skin Insurance SPF30 by Sarah Chapman.
Don’t go too heavy with your base in a hot climate. Choose make-up formulations that are sheer and have a lighter coverage that you can easily blot away and reapply if the product slips on your skin. You may find that you only need to colour correct areas of your face for a fresh look, so use a dab of ReCover Correct & Conceal Red, and blend gently outwards. This will give the most natural effect and will be long lasting. If using a foundation I would choose a sheer foundation rather than a tinted moisturiser. Both are pretty close in terms of coverage level and if you have already moisturised and used an SPF then adding another form of moisturiser may just be too much for your skin and it may begin to get clogged.
Check your shade is the correct frequently throughout the summer months. If you have got a little bit of tan, or have had a faux tan, your foundation and concealer shades may need to be deeper too. ‘Set’ your foundation by applying a very fine translucent powder with a large powder brush, and sweeping in the direction of the downy hairs on face. Applying make-up with a brush or sponge is advisable in a warm climate as your fingers may be too warm.
BEST WATERPROOF BRAND
If I had to choose one brand that has the most waterproof products it would be Make Up Forever – not only have they been in the market for an extremely long time but because they cater to “show” type of work, they have put lots of thought into the staying power of products through performers sweating etc. They have a great range of Aqua Lip, Aqua Eyes, Aqua Brow and Aqua Matic – amazing eye shadows with ridiculously good holding power.
Try not to keep adding powder and make-up on top of each other, as this, combined with sweat, will curdle or start to cake. It’s more effective to blot with a tissue then reapply your base to any areas that need it and then add a light dusting of powder.
If the sun is causing you to breakout I would recommend having a facial regularly in the summer. If you can’t find time for a facial then a cooling mask with lavender could help to calm your skin. I like Guinot Masque Essential as it seems to balance skin that is out of sorts.
If you are feeling in need of a bit of colour, try adding a little cream blush to the apples of your cheeks; I love coral shades in the summer. Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick Bronze + Blush Kits are perfect for summer skin and for taking down the beach with you.
There are some lovely waterproof liners out there, and one of my favourites is the By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly, which is very long-lasting with excellent hold. It can be applied as khol or eyeliner but personally I would only use it as a liner. I am not keen on using anything in the inner part of the eye that has this much staying power, but if you need a liner that won’t budge in the heat or by the pool, this takes some beating.
I always prefer to emphasise brows rather than add lots of mascara, as this will look soft and fresh. Add definition to your eyebrows with soft feathery strokes of brow powder on a slanted brush. If you know you will be swimming, I would not opt for a powder eyebrow product but use an eyebrow liner or a gel.
As a very personal thing I have never been overly keen on waterproof mascara, probably as when working I love totally bare skin and often it can be hard to remove all traces and can clump. For beach beauty I prefer to emphasise the brows or use a little liner. You may also like to try lash extensions for a holiday, as you will still be able to swim and won’t need mascara. If these have been done well they can look amazing.
For lips, remember UV protection is also really important. Being in the sun without SPF on your lips could result in your lips getting dry or blistered. I like using Becca Beach Tint to give a shot of colour that holds. Then to create the illusion of a lip gloss but with protection you need add a layer of By Terry Baume de Rose which is SPF 15 and gives a lovely glossy finish.
If, like me, you love swimming in the ocean take a water spritz with you to the beach, like Evian or Avene Eau Thermale. Salt water can play havoc on your skin and hair.
Always do your best to keep your cosmetics out of the sun, as it can destabilise the formulation and alter the colour or texture. Be aware that if you take your make-up to the beach, stick formulations can melt, and some foundations could separate or curdle, and you could also could ruin a well-loved product by getting sand in it. Look out for smaller packs or packing from your favourite brands. We are just launching Discovery Packs of Correct and Conceal Red which are perfect for touching up imperfections on the beach, which are available from ReCover from Wednesday 13 July.
Scent and cologne can play an important part in keeping you cool through the summer. I remember filming in the desert and we carried towels in ice with cologne, they had the most cooling and uplifting effect on a hot day for our actors. One of my favourite summer scents is by Shay and Blue London, Blood Orange; it smells like a Mediterranean summer evening.
Main image: Heidi Klein