5 Simple Ways To Heat-Proof Your Make-Up

Heat, humidity and sweat; three of make-up’s biggest enemies. Or so you might think. It doesn’t have to be that way, since nifty products and clever application techniques can help your make-up stay put through thick and thin – and that’s with a mask on, too. Here find five make-up artist-approved tips to harness when it’s hot.

Prep the skin

How you tend to your skin before you apply make-up is key to enhancing the longevity of base formulas. “Cleanse and then apply a good serum and moisturiser,” says make-up artist Cher Webb. “Then use a primer. It makes a huge difference and will keep your base on for longer.” Look to lightweight, antioxidant-rich moisturisers like QMS Medicosmetics Epigen Pollution Defence Day Cream, a good summer option, then ensure you apply an SPF, like Beauty Pie’s Featherlight SPF 50. As for primer, look no further than Elemis’s new Superfood Glow Priming Moisturiser, which imparts a radiant sheen over skin while also keeping subsequent base products in place.

Choose the right foundation

Finding the right foundation is essential if you want to wear it all day – and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Those who prefer a barely-there finish should opt for BB or CC creams – Kevyn Aucoin’s Stripped Nude Skin Tint is second to none for a glowy summer finish. For those who like medium coverage and upwards, look for products labelled “long wear”. “These will have been tested by a panel of people to ensure they can perform in such a manner,” says Debbie Finnegan, MAC’s global senior artist. MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation is one such formula and promises to last for up to 24 hours on skin. Meanwhile, Laura Mercier’s Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation and Urban Decay’s Stay Naked 24-Hour Foundation are both excellent options when temperatures rise.

Set your base

Whether you use a spray or a powder, setting your make-up is key. “The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray has been one of my make-up kit essentials for so many years now, as it sets and holds make-up in place for up to 16 hours,” says Webb. “It prevents make-up melting with its built-in temperature control formula, and I also spray it on top my brushes before make-up application for added longevity.” Mists are a great option during summer (we also love Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray), since they also hydrate and refresh the face – needed when temperatures are sky high – but powders are particularly good for those with oily skin. Look for finely-milled, translucent formulas, like Morphe’s Bake And Set Powder.

Consistency is key

To heat-proof your make-up look, switch creamy consistencies for powder textures instead. “In the heat, I would recommend making the most of your eye make-up, and add a matte bronzer and powder blush as these will last the duration,” advises Webb. “Cream and gel textures may move slightly over time, so go for matte products.” You’ll love getting Gucci Beauté’s Éclat Soleil Bronzing Powder out of your bag, such is its beautiful packaging and flattering matte bronze, while Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush comes in an array of flattering hues, ideal for sun-flushed skin.

Waterproof your eyes

If the heat all gets a bit much and your mascara simply won’t stay put, swap your normal mascara for a waterproof number. Rimmel’s Scandaleyes Volume on Demand Waterproof Mascara delivers a full and fluttery finish that stays put, no matter what you throw at it. 

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Best Sculpting Palettes

As a working makeup artist, I usually prefer palettes with multiple shades and finishes that I can use on different clients. But I also do know people who just enjoy having a variety of shades for themselves.

The palettes shown below contain highlighting and contouring/bronzing shades only; you can expect a post about all-included (bronzer, blush, highlight) palettes soon!

Some of my favourites are:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit (I also love their powder contour kit)
Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
Tarte Tarteist™ PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette
MAC Studio Fix Sculpt and Shade Contour Palette

What are your favourite contour palettes? Do you use them at all? Let me know in the comments below!

Makeup and Tools Sanitation Basics

Whether you are a working makeup artist, or simply use makeup often, it’s extremely important to sanitize your tools, wash your brushes and sponges, make sure cream and powder products are in their best shape, and liners/mascaras/eyebrow products are within their suggested use period and are not hard on your eyes.

While attending any Makeup Academy, professional makeup artists learn the sanitation process through and through. Some basics to keep in mind for working makeup artists (that can also be applied to makeup lovers) are briefly summarized here:

  • Before beginning the work – sanitize all of the tools (eyelash curlers, tweezers, mixing tray, spatula, sharpeners, and other tools), clean your brushes (deep clean if you have more time or with a fast-drying solution), use unscented hand sanitizer throughout the process;
  • To ensure your clients’ confidence in proper sanitizing practices, make sure you state that all products have been sanitized, have alcohol solution and fast-drying brush cleaner within easy reach, as well as your unscented hand sanitizer;
  • Foundation, concealer, and other cream products – scoop out as much product as needed onto a flat (sanitized with alcohol) makeup mixing tray, use a (sanitized) spatula, and apply products on the client;
  • Powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, shadows, and other powder products – use a tissue to wipe off the top layer of the product, then apply with a clean brush;
  • Lipstick – spray the lipstick with alcohol and gently wipe off the layer with a tissue;
  • Lipliner and eyeliner – sharpen them before using on a new client;
  • Mascara and lipgloss – use a disposable wand and never dip the same wand into a product again, use a new wand;

Clean your kit regularly! It’s recommended to do after every client to prevent the spread of bacteria that can be sitting on your tools or products. Deep clean brushes regularly, and ensure your mascaras and cream products are within their recommended use time.

I know it can seem tedious at times but this is the only way to prevent anything bad happening to your clients or yourself. And … there’s no better feeling than a newly-cleaned soft brush on a face!