The low­down on long­wear make-up

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Afew weeks back we took a look at make-up that could go the dis­tance in hot­ter climes — and as we were then treated to an un­ex­pected heat­wave, we were able to make use of our long­wear foun­da­tion to stay look­ing cool at home, too. The page prompted a few read­ers with dry skin to write in to me, though, so this week I’ll ad­dress their con­cerns with re­gard to long-stay make-up.

Long­wear foun­da­tion has been one of the great­est de­vel­op­ments in makeup in re­cent years. Its so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy al­lows the foun­da­tion to ad­here to the face al­most like a sec­ond skin, giv­ing wa­ter-re­sis­tant, durable and even cov­er­age that still al­lows sebum from the pores to pass through with­out af­fect­ing the look of the make-up. This is why long­wear foun­da­tion is per­fect for nor­mal to oily skin types.

How­ever, those with dry skin can find that long­wear is not suit­able for their skin for this rea­son — but there are a few prod­ucts, which I’ll out­line be­low, that do of­fer longevity along­side the ele­ments of mois­ture which dry skin needs. Cov­er­age is an­other is­sue of con­cern to women with dry skin — who may ex­pe­ri­ence some red­ness that they wish to hide while avoid­ing that des­ic­cated, caked-on look. I’ll go through the best prod­uct choices for light, medium and full cov­er­age, too.

Start­ing with a base that of­fers light cov­er­age and hydration, BareMin­er­als’ Ready Foun­da­tion, (€28, baremin­er­als. is the first ever solid min­eral pow­der cream foun­da­tion. The makeup is sim­ple to ap­ply from the com­pact — but on top of the SPF 20 and sheer, build­able cov­er­age, the for­mula has a time- re­lease hydration sys­tem that in­creases skin’s mois­ture lev­els dur­ing the day. There are 20 shades avail­able.

Next, of­fer­ing nat­u­ral to medium cov­er­age, Chanel’s Vi­ta­lu­mière Aqua Fluid is a beau­ti­ful foun­da­tion, priced €39. It is durable and wa­ter-based, with an SPF 15, but gives a dewy fin­ish that sits well on drier skin types.

For medium cov­er­age, Rim­mel’s Wake Me Up Foun­da­tion, €10.95, is kind on the pocket and comes in six shades. Il­lu­mi­nat­ing par­ti­cles help to boost your skin’s ra­di­ance, and a lit­tle of the fluid goes a long way.

Medium to full- cov­er­age prod­ucts are still pop­u­lar, but we want a for­mula that will stay all day and still look as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble. You’ll get ex­actly that with Bobbi Brown’s Even Fin­ish Foun­da­tion, € 39.50. Con­tain­ing an SPF 15 and for­mu­lated on a gel base, the fluid cre­ates a light­weight can­vas that stays colour-true for hours. Avail­able in more than 20 shades and half shades, there is a match for ev­ery­one.

So whether you want the nat­u­ral look or full-on cov­er­age, if you have dry skin you can have long­wear and hydration. Wa­ter-based prod­ucts that man­age to be wa­ter-re­sis­tant: amaz­ing!

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