Hands up how many of us have left the house feeling fresh and fabulous on a hot summer’s day, only for our carefully applied make-up to do a Wicked Witch of the West (“I’m melting! I’m melting!”) after we’ve spent an hour or two in the sunshine? Yep, us too. But then we learned a few handy tips and tricks to keep us looking cool and confident no matter how high the temperatures are rising and, now that the summer’s well and truly heating up, we thought we’d share them with you.

Don’t skip the moisturiser

On a hot day it’s tempting to forget about moisturising and just lather on the UV protection, but daily moisturising is vital to a healthy, balanced complexion. Moisturiser doesn’t only lock in hydration, it prevents the glands in your skin from becoming hyperactive and producing too much oil. If you skip moisturiser, you’re risking irritating your skin and making it more prone to inflammation and sensitivity.

The trick is to find the moisturiser that’s best for your skin type. If you have dry skin, look for a moisturiser that contains ingredients like shea butter, lanolin, avocado oil or aloe vera. If you have oily skin, use a lightweight non-greasy moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid. If you have combination skin, a lightweight moisturiser that includes ceramides and glycerin will keep your skin hydrated without leaving it sticky but apply more of it to the dryer areas of your face than to the naturally oilier T-zone. For sensitive skin, avoid moisturisers that contain fragrances, essential oils or alcohol.

Don’t forget the sunscreen

Yes, we all know the importance of sunscreen and UV protection but how many of us have given it the swerve when we’re in a rush and just want to put our make-up in place? Besides, your make-up may already have SPF in it so surely that’s good enough to give you protection. You can always apply sunscreen later in the day, right?

Well, yes and no. Yes, you should reapply your sunscreen every two hours (especially when you’re outdoors.) No, you can’t rely on make-up containing SPF to give you the protection you need because, if you don’t apply it evenly, you won’t be giving your skin the SPF coverage it requires. Instead, put an even layer of sunscreen onto your face and then give it a few minutes to sink in and really penetrate the skin before following up with…

P is for Primer!

A lot of people think using a primer is unnecessary but they couldn’t be more wrong, especially when the temperature’s are rising and your skin and make-up are struggling to contend with the summer heat. A primer will help lock your make-up in place and ensure that it doesn’t fade, as well as soften wrinkles, minimise imperfections, and give your skin a flawless finish. A primer fills in fine lines and pores and creates a smooth canvas on which to apply your make-up. Using a setting spray as a ‘surface coat’ after you’ve applied your make-up will also help to smudge-proof your look. Later in the day, a few spritzes of perfecting mist will stop your make-up from moving and keep you hydrated and refreshed.

Keep make-up minimal

With make-up, less is often more – and that goes double on a hot summer’s day! Wearing less make-up will prevent creasing and caking and give your skin a well-earned rest from heavy chemicals and creams. Plus, keeping make-up minimal will also save you time and money. Who needs all that unnecessary product blocking your pores when the sun’s working so hard to give you some natural extra colour? Oh, and either invest in a good waterproof mascara or ditch the mascara completely – especially if you’re headed to the beach or swimming pool.

Lose that shine

There’s only one kind of shine you want in summer – the youthful glow radiating from your sun-kissed skin! What you don’t want is to blind everybody with the greasiness of your slippery, slidey T-zone. If that’s a problem you’re familiar with, make sure you take a few blotting papers and some pressed powder with you everywhere you go. Pressing out the shine with blotting paper takes barely a second and a touch of pressed powder will help to freshen up your make-up and give you an extra eye-catching lustre.

And there you have it! Our five favourite tips for making sure your skin and make-up stay scintillating and shimmery during the gorgeous summer heatwave. Let’s just hope this heatwave lasts so we’ve all got plenty of opportunity to try them out!

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