It’s ruddy hot over here in New York at the moment. But not just hot, it’s humid too. That awful kind of humidity that fills the air and makes you feel a bit as though you’re walking round in a sauna. Know what I mean?
Now as you can imagine, this kind of hot hot heat, although lovely in terms of topping up the tan (with buckets of SPF, of course), doesn’t do such wonderful things for my make-up. I won’t go into too much awful detail, but there were days earlier on this month when I found myself with more make-up running down my neck than sitting pleasantly on my face.
So, in order to combat the sweatier climate here in NY, I’ve come up with a collection of products that help me to beat the heat and my make-up to stand up to any sweatiness. NICE.
First up: Primer. Although these usually play a part in my day-to-day make-up routine, recently they have become all the more essential, helping me to anchor my foundation to my face, rather than find it slipping down my top five minutes after application. For the face, I turn to the Maybelline Master Prime Blur and Redness Control ($9.99), which not only helps to smooth out my face and blur any imperfections, it also helps to ensure that my make-up lasts throughout the day, and manages to keep any heat-induced redness under control. An all-round winner.
And to ensure my eyeshadow remains stuck in place, I use the L’Oreal Magic De-Crease Eyelid Primer ($8.99), which works wonders and, in my opinion, is just as super as many of its pricier alternatives.
Post foundation and concealer application, I like to do a light dusting of powder, which I find helps to keep everything in place and prevents any over-the-top shiny patches. I have a few face powders that I enjoy using, but my current favorite is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Powder ($7.99), which comes complete with a mirror and a sponge, meaning I can sling it in my handbag and use on-the-go should any unwanted sweatiness occur!
Last, but by no means least, a setting spray, the cake on top of what I believe to be the perfect sweat-busting beauty edit. While I’ve dabbled with a couple of other options, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray and Set Make-up Extender Spray ($16.99) remains the favorite; it doesn’t make your face all wet when you apply it, it sprays evenly, and it doesn’t have a weird smell. Plus it makes your make-up stick around, on your face, all day long. Of all the products used here, this one is probably the best when it comes to keeping foundation on the face and not the neck…
Here’s to a hot – but sweat-free! – summer.