Love on-trend beauty but hate when it melts in the swelter? Beat the heat with our how-to guide to gorgeous looks that last.
Super-glam, super-bright and smear-free – here’s how to get the season’s bold pout and matte skin combo minus any summer-smudginess
How tomake it last
1 Get a flawless face to last all day by starting with an oil-free foundation, set with pressed powder. If under-eye shadows and redness are an issue, try Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer Kit (Dh177), which colour-corrects as it covers imperfections. Use the darker shade to disguise any circles or veins under the eyes and the lighter shade on top to illuminate and brighten the eye area.
2 Applying a powder blush over a matte base will make your make-up look cakey. Use a cream blush over powder for a rosy glow that lasts. We love Bésame Crimson Cream Rouge blush. Just dab on with your fingers and blend out for a gentle flush.
3 As the lips are the focal point, keep the eyes subtle (but still smudge-proof) with two coats of Maybelline Colossal Smoky Mascara, which lasts for hours and doesn’t melt.
4 “For a hot-weather perfect bright lip, don’t use a gloss – it will slip off straight away,” says Max Factor’s regional make-up artist, Samira Olfat. “Opt for a long-lasting creamy lipstick, or a matte formula.” Start with a specific lip primer like the one by Too Faced (Dh90, Sephora). These are lip balms-cum-sealers that ensure the lipstick adheres to the lip longer and doesn’t bleed. Follow with a waterproof lip liner to outline and fill in the lip for extra staying power. Apply your lipstick with a brush for precision and colour longevity, and blot three times with a tissue. Finish with a little loose powder if required.
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How to make it last
1 Ensure your base will stay put by applying a full-coverage foundation from the centre of the face outwards. Make sure you blend right into the hairline so you can’t see any lines.
2 Perk up tired eyes with an illuminating concealer like YSL’S classic Touche Éclat (Dh189). Set with a loose powder, then buff a long-lasting blusher on to the apples of the cheek, moving outwards towards the cheekbones. We love Merle Norman Lasting Cheek-Color in Queen of Hearts.
3 For smoky-eye staying power draw an imperfect line along the lashes and a little of the lid with a highly pigmented kohl pencil – try Maybelline’s Colossal Kajal (Dh25). Using your ring finger, blend the liner upwards towards the crease of your eye for a smoky look. “To make this look last, try using a creamy neutral-toned eyeshadow on the lid first, as this acts as a primer and helps hold the liner in place,” says Samira. Re-line the eye, this time being careful to stay close to the top lashes, for definition. Apply one coat of Max Factor’s 24 Hour Mascara for a natural look that works overtime.
4 Enhance your natural brows with a waterproof pencil or a brow powder to add definition and depth. Top off with a coat of brow mascara for extra staying power – we love Merle Norman’s Brow Sealer (Dh39).
5 For the on-trend, moody berry pout that packs a long-haul punch, invest in Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Extended Play (Dh105), which goes on straight from the applicator and lasts for hours.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip liner in 18C Dh120, Make Up For Ever
Bésame Crimson Cream Rouge Dh135,
Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Solar Crush Dh145, Harvey
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit Dh177, Bobbi Brown
Colassal Kajal Dh25,
Faces Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Extended Play Dh105,
Merle Norman Lasting Cheek Colour Dh69, Merle
YSL Touche Éclat Dh189, Harvey Nichols