Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Heatproof Edit

Down in the Southern Hemisphere we are well into summer. While friends and family in the north are snuggled up by the fire we're struggling to keep cool and there's no signs of things cooling down anytime soon, yesterday was a boiling 44°!! In these sweltering conditions it's fair to say that my makeup's longevity is starting to struggle. Naturally I turned to one of my favourite MUA's Lisa Eldridge for some heat resistant makeup tips. With the help of this video, I've managed to sort through my makeup drawers and have pulled together my very own heatproof edit.

First up it's all about the skin prep. Lisa (I wish we were on first name terms) recommends avoiding a heavy moisturiser, instead opting for something light and quickly absorbed or even skipping moisturiser all together and going straight for SPF. I'm yet to find an SPF that I like, which is a big problem, but I'm on a mission and next on my to try list is Kiehls SPF 50. I also hear that La Roche Posay do a nice one, any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Skin prep covered it's time to tackle the base. Now for this you want a long lasting formula, sheer or high coverage, the choice is yours. I find full coverage foundations to be the best for the long run so I've gone for Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation. It can be used lightly for those that don't need too much coverage or built up for those that do- perfect. For any stubborn pimples I'm struggling with I reach for the Estée Lauder's Double Wear Stay-in-Place concealer. The perfect high coverage pairing, as I spoke about here, and both offerings that I know will stick around all day. To ensure everything is set in place and to add a hint of radiance to the matte base I've been opting for a light dusting of Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.

Now onto the eyes where a budge proof formula is necessary as those lids can get pretty darn oily. You know about my love for the Maybelline Colour Tattoos and they fit the aforementioned criteria to a T. For a one wash wonder I'd suggest Bad to the Bronze but if you simply want a budge proof base, Tough as Taupe is where it's at. This matte shade sets to a slightly tacky texture fairly quickly and will not budge. Perfect for prepping the lids for your eye shadow of choice, my suggestion would be some subtle definition with the Naked Basics Palette, or simply leave it to do its thang alone.

When things are hotting up I tend to avoid too much lower lash line action for fear of inadvertently rocking two panda eyes come midday. But if you can't be without some lower lash definition I'd suggest using a waterproof liner or alternately, take a little of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo (Tough as Taupe is particularly good for this) on a small brush, I use this one, and press into the roots of the lower lashes.

Finish off eyes with a coat or two of your favourite waterproof mascara for maximum longevity. I'm not much of a waterproof mascara gal, it requires way too much effort come removal, so I just use my usual DJV Beautenizer Fibrewig LX. It's a fairly dry formula that stays on my lashes all day and removal isn't a mammoth task, best of both worlds I think.

When it comes to cheeks Lisa suggests something long lasting by dewy and luminous to add some life to the matte base. For me this means a cream blush with the one I'm reaching for being Bourjois' Sweet Cherry. Another good option would be Daniel Sandler's Watercolour Fluid blush, another long-lasting formula that blends seamlessly with the skin. For extra longevity, a light dusting of powder blush will make all the difference. Something like Tarte's Achiote over your cream blush won't be too mattifying but will help the colour to stick around all day.

For lips some sort of stain is a good option. Lisa suggests applying your stain, usually something matte as these tend to last best, blotting with a tissue and finishing with a swipe of lip gloss or balm to add some moisture and shine. That way when the gloss/balm wears away you'll still be left with some colour from the stain. I've been opting for a little Model's Prefer Lip Liner in Lasting Berry for my stain and L'Oreal's Shine Caresse in Lolita for some moisturising shine. The L'Oreal glosses are really easy to reapply throughout the day, no mirror needed!

What are your heatproof makeup essentials?


  1. Have you tried the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF? I am the same way with SPF's and until trying the Ultra Sheet haven't enjoyed any. I recently wrote a post of the long wearing product's I enjoy, color tattoo's featured heavily :)

  2. I am really excited to try out Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and concealer. What shade do you use? Great post for us Southern Hemispherians. I am dying of heat lately! Hottest Summer yet!

    Kate Xx

  3. I tend to just avoid make up completely in the heat. It was about 30 degrees the other week and I was in the sun for a good chunk of the day. I wore foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner, the lot and I ended up regretting it. I was all sweaty and self conscious. Excellent tips though. I'll definitely remember them if I ever go somewhere in the heat where I actually need to wear make up.
    Maddy xxx

  4. i really like Estee lauder double wear :) great post doll !! would you like to follow each other on GFC and on Bloglovin :) xx

  5. Great post!! Man, it's been hot! Sometimes I just slap on bb cream or mineral powder to avoid feeling too heavy faced.

  6. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt12 January 2014 at 17:49

    Lots of gorgeous products, I need to get my paws on that Tarte blusher :o)! Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  7. Great post, and the photos are great! I also love the Maybelline colour tattoos, they really do stay on all day - amazing!

  8. I love the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoos! And still need to get my hands on the Naked Basics Palette!

    Gem x

  9. I've never tried the Estée Lauder double wear, I hear lots of people rave about it though sounds like it may hold out in summer time too we don't get terribly hot weather here in the uk haha. X

  10. Great post, love your photos x

  11. Estee Lauders double wear foundation is my HG I love it!

  12. The Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is a great foundation choice for those hot days! I love it as well. I really enjoyed reading this post!
    Ray | Obey Ray

  13. nice, tarte blushes are the vest:)


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