How to avoid make-up meltdown in the heat

As the weather heats up it's starting to take it's toll on our makeup and beauty routine, here's how to avoid a make-up meltdown in the heat and solve the summer beauty problems we're all going to face in the coming months.

Celebrity make-up artist and cruelty-free cosmetic ambassador Justine Jenkins, who works on the beautiful faces of Fearne Cotton and Laura Whitmore, shares her advice to keep your make-up from sliding off in the summer heat.

How to apply makeup in the summer heat

All about that base

Although a lot of foundations, BB and CC creams have SPF in them and are perfect for summer time, you should always wear separate SPF when sunbathing. Most people would not apply enough foundation to get the correct coverage to protect them from strong sunshine.

There are some fantastic SPF options for the face, including Murad Water Resistant Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF30 and Neal’s Yard Remedies Lemongrass Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50. For a water resistant foundation try Cover/FX National Finish Oil Free Foundation.

Keep your make-up fresh through summer with a light dusting of powder to set it in place

Keep your make-up fresh through summer with a light dusting of powder to set it in place

Summertime shine

To remove any excess shine, Eco Tools Bamboo Powder Brush dipped into Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Tinted Finishing Powder will remove just enough shine to keep your skin looking hydrated and dewy. NYX Waterproof Concealer is perfect for your office drawer for little touch ups throughout the day.


There are some great waterproof mascaras out there – Urban Decay’s Ultra Cannonball and Tarte’s Light Camera Splashes Mascara are two of my favourites or you can use your own favourite mascara and apply a waterproof coating over the top such as Bare Minerals Locked and Coated Waterproof Topcoat.

Waterproof mascara is a must when things get sweaty in summer

Waterproof mascara is a must when things get sweaty in summer

Making waves

If you’re looking for a water resistant summer glow then Hourglass’s Waterproof Bronzer will do just that. For a pop of colour, Becca’s Beach Tints for cheeks and lips are a useful multi-use product to give your face extra detail of waterproof colour whilst topping up the tan. If like me, you can’t live without lip liner, Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat’s won’t budge; Pink Venus and Pillow Talk are perfect to take you from the office to the pub garden.

Summer beauty buzzkills – solved

It’s not only our makeup that’s affected during the summer months as well, the rest of our beauty routine needs switching up with the weather. So here’s how to solve the summer beauty problems we all face.

Your regular moisturiser feels too rich and your makeup doesn’t last

What to do: With an increased secretion of sebum in hot weather, dry skin feels less dry and oily skin more oily, but all skin types need protection from the sun’s rays, so whatever you use be sure it’s high in protective natural antioxidants.

Beauty tip: Dry skin will benefit from a lighter, lotion-based moisturiser and for oily skin areas, a rosewater based tonic is the perfect anti-oxidant rich and oil-free alternative to regular moisturiser. Try Odylique Calming Rose Super Tonic £15 or Odylique Balancing Citrus Super Tonic £15.

Your feet aren’t sandal ready

What to do: Smooth down dry, cracked heels twice weekly with a foot file, the Scholl Pedi Velvet Smooth Electronic Pedicure Foot File works wonders with little effort from you.

Beauty tip: Follow with a pampering foot soak and a rich balm massaged into the feet too. We love the What Skin Needs Cracked Skin Cream £12.99.

Summer beauty problems solved

Finding a sunscreen that doesn’t aggravate sensitive eczema prone skin

What to do: Look for a medium to high broad spectrum natural sunscreen suitable for babied that relies only on reflective minerals, such as skin-beneficial zinc and calming herbs like chamomile, sea buckthorn and calendula.

Beauty tip: Margaret Weeds, skincare expert at Odylique says stay cool in the shade where possible, wear a wide-brimmed hat and cover exposed areas with light cotton clothing. Apply a soothing natural lotion to inflamed or accidentally exposed areas.

Summer beauty problems solved

When your holiday tan is fading

What to do: The most important thing to do is to keep your skin hydrated. The best way to do that is to drink plenty of water and keep moisturising. This will keep your skin from flaking and soothe your skin from any sun damage.

Beauty tip: Hira Zafar, skincare expert at Janjira says start exfoliating before your holiday; this will remove dead skin cells and give you a smooth base for your sun tan. Make sure you are wearing a SPF, the higher your SPF the longer your tan will last and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Finally, moisturise as much as possible to stop any flaking.

When your hair takes a beating from the heat

What to do: Most of us are careful to protect our skin when out in the sun, but equally the sun’s rays can damage our hair and scalp too. The intense heat from the sun can open hair cuticles causing the hair to dry, increasing split ends. If you have coloured hair, this will also cause the colour to fade quite rapidly, so steps should be taken to reduce the impact of the sun.

Beauty tip: Kerry Capewell, haircare expert at Naturtint explains that the new Naturtint Anti-ageing CC Cream for hair is ideal to use as often as you shampoo your hair and will provide your hair with UV and pollution protection, as well as using ingredients such as Baobab Extract, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein and Pea Extract to strengthen and repair the hair from within.

Summer beauty problems solved

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