A lot is made of ‘winter skin’ woes, but arguably, your skin (and your makeup) faces far greater challenges during the summer months.
From sweat-induced breakouts to the kind of sudden oiliness that triggers a makeup landslide, warm weather has a lot to answer for, especially in the base stakes.
A few strategic seasonal beauty swaps, however, will see you sailing through wedding season and seemingly endless workdays without a hitch. May the muggy day makeup odds be ever in your favour…
1. Ditch the rich stuff
According to makeup artist Amy Conway, we should be considering hot weather skincare as we would summer clothes, meaning it’s time to lighten up and layer strategically:
“I always think of skincare like a wardrobe," says Amy. "In the same way we switch out our boots for sandals, it's important to do this for your skin, too. Ditch rich face creams as these can cause irritation and make your skin look overly oily, even before the heat sets in. Instead, opt for more lightweight yet hydrating products in the summer - think hyaluronic acid-loaded gel formulas which bind moisture to the skin. ”
Skin feeling a bit dry? “Apply a few drops of moisturiser or face oil to a damp BeautyBlender and pat over any flaky areas," advises celebrity makeup artist Nathalie Eleni. "This will hydrate the skin but it means you’re not adding oil where you don’t need it. I call it ‘controlled hydration’.”
2. Try the sandwich technique
Less wolfing a Pret at your desk, more giving your foundation legs. Instead of applying layers of products in the hope that your makeup will last longer, switch to a more nuanced approach.
“The sandwich technique will put your foundation on lockdown," says Amy. "First, prep the skin with a high SPF primer for all-day protection. This has a double benefit, as it will prevent oil from seeping through your makeup and causing potential patchiness while also ensuring your skin won't ‘drink’ up your foundation up in those dryer areas.
Next, lightly apply a long-wearing foundation all over the skin with a duo-fibre brush to help you avoid overdoing it. Finally, finish with a dusting of loose setting powder to fix everything in place.”
3. Spritz and buff
Like ‘bend and snap’, but for your makeup. Whereas in winter, you might prefer a velvety matte finish, in summer, try embracing that golden hour glow. Make the most of those longer evenings with this refreshing trick (which is also perfect for when your office is an oven).
“If your makeup goes cakey or breaks up during the day, keep a setting spray or a water mister to hand," recommends Nathalie. "Spritz it lightly over your face and buff in quickly with a big brush - this will bring your base straight back to life.”
4. Swap a stick concealer for a cream
With sunny weather often comes sweat-induced breakouts. If you find yourself reaching for the concealer more often than usual, try switching up your formula from a stick to a cream to avoid it sliding right off your face.
"Creamy concealer formulas melt into the skin rather than simply sitting on top of it," explains Nathalie. "This prevents your pores from getting clogged - something that will only make breakouts worse.”
And it's all in the application, too. "Press your concealer over any blemishes, rather than using a sweeping motion or getting too heavy handed with a brush," adds Amy. "Not only will this help the concealer mimic your skin texture, but it also means you're not pushing it around the problem area and triggering more inflammation.”
5. Paper over the cracks
Or rather, trade heavy-pressed powders for blotting papers. Meghan Markle used them on her wedding day to absorb oil without disturbing her makeup (or covering up her freckles) and they’re also a prized essential in Kate Middleton’s teeny tiny clutch bag for on-the-spot mattifying.
“They’re so handy, they won’t spill in your bag and you don’t even need a mirror to use them," says Nathalie. "Press them lightly over your t-zone to mop up any grease and instantly reset your makeup.”
Now you’re ready for your royal meet and greet. Or you know, just that barbecue down the road.