Hot make-up ideas – no sweat!


ONE of the most challenging make-up issues we all deal with is make-up longevity, especially in the hot and humid weather that people are enjoying or suffering in Spain at present. Keeping your makeup from melting all over the place is not easy!

Here are a few tips you would want to keep in mind to help your makeup last if you live in hot and humid climates, or if you’re going to visit a place that is.

Minimised morning skincare

Skincare is crucial, but in a place where you will most likely sweat – less is more. Especially if you have oily skin. You can pack on your skincare at night before bed, so try your best to stick to the basics before you wear makeup.

If your moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, finish off with sunscreen, which is a step you cannot miss. If you have a moisturizer with SPF – perfect! Less product on your face!

Cleanser and a thin layer of moisturizer (preferably gel or light lotion textured) is enough in the morning.  If you really want to apply a treatment serum or lotion, then you can skip moisturizer because using both will be too heavy and it may weigh down your face makeup and cause it to slide off, unless you have a drier skin type, in which case you’d probably need both.

Not to prime is a crime

A primer will not only create a smooth base, making whatever that goes on next much smoother, but it will also increase its longevity. It should be sandwiched between your last skincare product and foundation. Think of it as a glue that adheres your foundation on to your skin, and a shield or barrier between your skincare and your makeup.

If your skin gets clogged easily, go for oil-free products and avoid silicone-textured ones. If you have oily skin, make sure you go for mattifying primers.

Cake is for your tummy, not your face

In the words of the world’s most elegant woman, Coco Chanel: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

Although this quote was meant to be about fashion, the same notion also applies when it comes to beauty.

The advice is don’t pile a ton of makeup on your face because the more cakey your face, the more likely it is for your makeup to separate and crease here and there, also accentuating your pores.