Sunshine and super-hot temperatures makes for the perfect combo. But when it comes to our make-up, whether you in the UK or abroad, it can equal smeared eyeliner and melting foundation.
The good news is, it’s incredibly easy to fix up your face for hot summer days as all you need is our seven, stay-put make-up tips from make-up artist Carly Hobbs and a few Asda products thrown in for good measure.
Carly's worked with the likes of The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, Lindsay Lohan, and Tess Daly so you're in expert hands.
1. If you fail to prepare you're preparing to fail
Proper prep is everything; you need to lock in your look right from those very first skincare steps.
Work a pea-sized amount of Nspa Illuminating Beauty Serum all over. The product contains ginseng and Vitamin E to wake up the face and make it look extra radiant. It also keeps those under layers of skin cells super hydrated so they’re not tempted to ‘drink’ up your make-up. Five minutes later, once the serum has had the chance to be fully absorbed, follow with a fine layer of Nivea Rich Moisturiser SP15 Day Cream. Really massage it in so that it works with the serum to keep your face, and make-up, looking fresh.
2. Prime your summer face
George Face Primer will stop any kind of slipping as it gives make-up an invisible layer to hang on to. Magic. Make sure you rub it all over your whole complexion.
3. Less is more
Gentle, light coverage not only looks amazing but lasts so much longer than caking it on. An ideal option is starting with Rimmel London Insta Flawless Primer SPF 15 in Light/Medium, buffing it on with fingers or a sponge, like this Real Techniques one, from the nose outwards. Only use George Blemish Concealer where you need it – typically over spots, around the nose and under the eyes – patting, rather than rubbing, it into place with your fingertips. Or try adding in
Give your base that little bit of extra hold by finishing with a light dusting of Collection Sheer Loose Powder in Barely There, which absorbs any sheen as the day goes on so your make-up won’t slip away no matter how hot the summer day.
4. Cheek and eye contour
A casual cheek and eye contour works a treat for warm weather – a cream product followed by a powder to set it in place always looks pretty, plus is super quick to do so you can get out there and enjoy the sun. First sweep Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearl Sheen over the tops of cheek bones and eyelids, pressing in slightly at the edges with a little brush.
Then swirl George Bronzer For Brunettes over the same areas. It gives that sun-kissed finish yet still allows that pretty highlight to peep through from underneath.
5. Ditch the brow pencil for summer
A brow pencil can make your summer make-up look harsh and is likely to be rubbed away or smudged in the heat. Instead, comb Rimmel London 'Brow This Way' Styling Gel through your eyebrows to add definition, safe in the knowledge that once in place it dries and doesn’t budge until you wash it away. This wonder gel is even pool and sea-friendly.
6. Volumise your lashes
Panda eyes are often a sad side effect of summer weather…until now. Give your lashes some smudge-free love by curling them using the QVC Eyelash Curler then only applying George Volume Lash Waterproof Mascara to the very ends of lashes. Fluttery and fabulous.
7. Keep statement lips for chillier times
Instead, team up Maybelline Color Shaping Lip Liner in Nude Whisper with Rimmel London Kate Lip Balm in Clear for the perfect summer pout. Work the pencil roughly around the lip line then blur the nude shade into the rest of the lip with your fingers. Slick over a layer of balm and that’s it!