Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Tips For Long Lasting Makeup During Summer

The weather in Dubai has officially become boiling hot combined with unbearable humidity! Walking down the streets, parking lots or even stepping outside your house is a grim task - especially if you're wearing lots of makeup and you want it to stay put all day long. Today, I'll share with you my top 5 tips to extend the longevity of your makeup along with product suggestions for that purpose. 

1- Base/Primers:
I'm sure it's no surprise to you that primers will help maintain your makeup all day long. However, primers have different functions - I have seen people using incorrect ones and claimed that makeup faded or smudged after a few hours. For example: pore minimising, colour correcting or illuminating bases might not be the right ones to use if you will spend most of your day out and about in this hot weather. Thus, I suggest investing in a primer that claims extending the longevity of your makeup and make sure it contains ingredients like glycerin; in which your makeup will stick to it and stay for longer. (Moisturisers with glycerin works just as good)
On the other hand, I don't like to use eye primers as they tend to dry out my lids on the long run. Thus, I recommend using cream shadows to prime the lids instead. 
*High-End option (Face primers): Hourglass Veil Mineral primer
* Affordable Options (Face primers): L'oreal Paris Infallible Primer, E.L.F Mineral Face Primer.
*High-End options (Eye primers): Mac Paint pots, By Terry ombre back star sticks, Chanel styli eyeshadow.
*Affordable options (Eye primers): NYX jumbo eye pencils, Maybelline colour tattoo shadows.

2- Powders/Blotting Products:
 One of the most common problems that causes makeup to fade is excess oils on the face. If you have combination/oily skin I'm sure you can totally relate to this statement; as your makeup will tend to fade around the nose, forehead and chin areas. This problem can easily be solved by using powder on areas where you might get shiny throughout the day such as: around the nose, forehead and chin. It's also recommended to powder under your eyes to stop concealer from moving around or creasing. That being said, I know many girls who avoid using powders because they associate it with looking cakey. This is where loose powder and translucent blotting powders comes in use; they are great for people who don't want to add more coverage to their base but want to set everything in place. I like to dust a very thin layer on loose powder all over my face during summer to seal my makeup and make sure it won't go anywhere! Also, If you're afraid that powder might flatten or dull your face there are powders with a slight sheen to it and won't look greasy/oily. Don't forget to grab your powder and throw it in your handbag if you're always on the go. 
* High-End Options: Hourglass Ambient lighting powder in Diffused light, NARS light reflecting powder, Laura Mercier translucent loose powder.
*Affordable options: Rimmel stay matte powder (Translucent), Bourjois healthy balance powder, Pixi quick fix powder. 

3- Setting Sprays:
I have always thought that setting sprays are gimmicky and there is no way in hell I will ever spend money on them. However, after buying my first setting spray to use as a mixing medium for my eye shadows - I have decided to give it a try to set my makeup in place and loved it! Not only do setting sprays help your makeup stay longer, they also feel very refreshing during summer and eliminate the chalky finish caused by using too many powders at the same time. 
* High-End Options: Mac fix plus spray, Urban Decay All nighter spray. 
* Affordable Options: L'oread infallible setting spray, E.L.F makeup mist and set.

4- Waterproof Products:
These are my secret weapons for hot summer days as they are sweat resistant and don't budge. Especially eyeliners, it's always better to buy them in waterproof versions to avoid looking like a panda by the end of the day! I have switched to liquid liners long time ago as they are much easier to use, they stay put all day and no brush is required to use it. The same thing goes for mascaras, even though I'm not a big fan of waterproof ones as they are a hassle to remove. However, its recommended to have one in your collection if you use public transportation or spend long hours outdoors. Try to stay away from Kohl liners as they smudge easily (even the waterproof ones) or else try setting them with an eye shadow of the same colour. 
*High-End Options (Eyeliner): Tom Ford eye defining liner, Kat Von D tattoo liner, Estee lauder zero smudge liquid liner.
*Affordable options (Eyeliner): L'oreal Super liner, Kardashian Beauty Deeply felt, Kiko ultimate pen long wear eyeliner.
*High-End Options (Mascara): Dior Show (waterproof), Benefit Roller lash, Lancome Hypnose mascara. 
*Affordable Options (Mascara): L'oreal Telescopic Mascara (waterproof), Maxfactor false lash effect (waterproof), Maybelline the falsies push up drama.

5- Lip Stains/Lip liners:
There is nothing worse than lipsticks that crumbles or flakes around the corners of the lips! I try to avoid liquid lipsticks or matte lip colours ; as lips my lips tend to be dehydrated during summer even after exfoliating and moisturising. Of course, I don't expect other people to do the same and we all have different tastes in makeup. However, I suggest investing in a lip stain to use on its own or simply to be worn under lipsticks. As a result, your lipstick will fade "gracefully" and you won't have to worry about touching up or your lips looking patchy. Lip liner is the classic way of making your lip stick stay for longer but I suggest looking for waterproof ones so they would last longer. 
*High-End Options ( Lip Stains): Benefit Benetints, YSL Volupte tint-in-oil.
*Affordable options (Lip Stains): Jordana twist and shine lip balm stain, Revlon Just bitten lip stain, E.L.F lip stain pen.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, let me know in the comment box if you have other tips for longer lasting makeup :) xx

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