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How to summer-proof your makeup

Brimming with seaside lunches, pool parties and balmy nights, it’s hard to have a bad time in summer. That is, unless you’re trying to prevent your makeup from sliding off your face and into your cocktail. When the weather is sizzling, it’s also challenging to appear polished after the daily commute to work. The upshot: you catch a glimpse in the mirror only to realise your meticulously applied makeup is melting faster than a Bubble O’ Bill on a 35-degree day.

Now is the time to invest in budge-proof, melt-proof and shine-minimising products that go the distance. A primer is your first port of call. For a base that needs to last during the heat of the day and continue to look immaculate after sunset, give Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer a spin. This velvety balm instantly blurs imperfections and inserts a protective botanical barrier between your skin and your chosen foundation.

Even better is a sunscreen that doubles as a primer. In summertime, it’s a lazy girl’s best friend, and given you’ll be out in the elements you can’t let sun protection fall by the wayside. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day as well, at least every two hours. Our tip for reapplying without messing up your makeup? Use a beauty blender and your sunscreen of choice.

Follow with a foundation that can last the distance. Our picks? Too Faced Born This Way Matte 24 Hour Undetectable Super Longwear Foundation for its true matte, oil-free formula that stays completely colour true whilst covering imperfections to reveal the all-day, shine-free look of naturally flawless skin. Urban Decay's Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation offers a real-skin finish has been categorised by shade intensity, mastertone and undertone with shades designed to suit everyone's skin.

MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation is a crowd favourite for a reason: it’s smooth, blendable formula applies and builds with ease and lasts up to 24 hours. It also helps keep shine and visible pores under wraps thanks to specially treated micronised pigments - ideal for all skin types.

If a powder foundation is more your thing, the bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation helps blur the appearance of pores and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles while its lightweight minerals absorb excess oil without drying out the skin

As for brows, you don’t want those perfectly sculpted arches to collapse, so reach for Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour. With a smudge-resistant formula, it can be easily applied using the precision tip for your most natural-looking brows or try short upward strokes between your real brow hairs for a fuller effect.

For lips, sometimes just a hint of colour in a non-sticky formula is best, and you want your pout to be sufficiently hydrated during the warmer months, too. Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Glide with SPF 15 is a popular choice for a reason, offering moisture, a hint of colour and SPF protection.

Finally, lock down your summer look with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray or MAC Prep + Prime Fix +. Both cast a veil of protection over all your hard work, keeping skin refreshed and looking like you just applied your makeup, no matter the temperature. So, hot weather on the horizon for your next event? No sweat.

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