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Tips to keeping your cool and avoid makeup meltdown!

Feature: Keep Your Cool

Temperatures can start to soar at weddings, garden parties, barbecues and other summer functions, which means the going can get hot for makeup.

When its hot perspiration and oil production (sebum) increase, so we need to reduce the amount of grease we put on our faces.

Start by allowing yourself plenty of time to shower, cool down and apply your makeup.

After showering pamper those tootsies with a cooling refreshing foot spray. If your feet and legs are prone to swelling soothe them with a refreshing leg gel or energising emulsion.

Cleanse your face thoroughly and if your skin is inclined to be oily, use a purifying cleansing gel to remove the access of oil that causes shine . Next spritz your face with mineral water or a refreshing spray. Keep it cool in the fridge – a quick spritz of water will also refresh your makeup during the day.

Choose an oil free moisturiser to help combat oil production preferably one with an SPF factor. A great idea for summer is to use a moisturiser with a gradual self tan with gives your skin a honeyed glow. Allow at least ten minutes for it to be absorbed. For special occasions invest in a makeup fixing serum you only need a few drops and it brightens your skin and gives your makeup a perfect hold. If you are prone to T Zone shine use a matifying cream or gel or as a quick fix take tip from the past and get some oil blotting sheets to keep in your bag.

To avoid streaking and disappearing foundation use a long last oil free foundation with an SPF Factor. For a lighter look try a tinted gel but avoid tinted foundations in the heat. Allow time for your foundation to dry before applying loose powder with a large brush to set your makeup and then dust off with a another brush to avoid the flower bag look!

Eyeshadow can crease terribly in hot weather. One trick to keep the colour is to cover the eyelid with concealer or an eye fix cream then dust with a nude shade of powder eyeshadow before applying the colour. If you use eyeliner use a gel or liquid one and always opt for waterproof mascara in the heat to avoid panda circles of melting mascara.

Highlight your cheeks with bronzing powder on the apples of the cheeks steering clear of creamy formulation blushers are they contain oils and tend to melt.

On the lips apply a lip gloss, liquid or sheer lipstick all of which have a lighter texture and as lips burn very easily choose one with an SPF factor

In hot weather alcohol free fragrances are the best choice, as alcohol can sometimes cause sensitivity and mark the skin. Perfumes and preparations with strong fragrances also attract insects so opt a light fragrance with a summer formulation you’ll find lots of them on counter at this time.

I can’t get through the August holidays without…
The top ten beauty must have’s for hot weather

Lancome Art Liner
        Liquid liner with its own brush that’s waterproof and just glides on.
Body Shop Body Butter
        Thick and intensely moisturising with the freshest of fruity fragrances.
Body Shop Body Butter
Clinique Superbalanced Powder Bronzer
        A smart bronzing powder with an oil absorbing mineral base in its own dinky non spill container.
Clinique Superbalanced Powder Bronzer
Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder with a gorgeous smell of jasmine and cocoa butter it keeps you cool and soft.Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder
Origins Re-Inventing the Heel - Mega Moisture for sandal sore feet. It repairs, moisturises and invigorates those tired tootsies.Origins Re-Inventing the Heel
YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat - the must have new long last foundation with an SPF - its light but lasts and makes you look like a superstar.

Posted on Tuesday 7th August 2012
Liz Coggins

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