FAST FIXES FOR MELT PROOF MAKEUP

Keep your cool even on the hottest days of the sea­son. Ingrie Williams shares ex­pert tips.

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JOIN PRIME TIME

The se­cret to long-last­ing makeup can be summed up in one word: primer.

“It ab­sorbs ex­cess mois­ture and sweat, evens out skin tone and helps skin have a fresh look through­out the day,” says Anna Ko­niaris, na­tional face ex­pert at Caryl Baker Visage. Im­part­ing a silky feel and ap­plied af­ter mois­tur­izer be­fore colour cos­met­ics, a lit­tle primer goes a long way. “It doesn’t cre­ate a heavy, cakey type of ap­pear­ance. It’s not cam­ou­flage,” she says, “You can tar­get primer if you’re oilier in the T-zone, but some women like the feel and look when it’s put all over the face be­cause it gives a nat­u­ral matte ef­fect.” Ko­niaris swears by primer even on makeup-free days. “It gives my bare eye­lids a youth­ful look,” she says. Noted.

LIGHTEN UP

You wouldn’t leave the house in a parka th­ese days, so why reach for full-cov­er­age foun­da­tion at the height of sum­mer? June to Au­gust is the ideal time to try a light­weight com­plex­ion enhancer. “A BB Cream of­fers a nat­u­ral tinted glow and a va­ri­ety of ben­e­fits. It’s sheer cov­er­age, but it hy­drates, pro­tects and re­stores,” says Ko­niaris, “If you have ra­di­ant, healthy skin then all you need to do is ap­ply min­i­mal cos­met­ics.” BB Cream’s vel­vety tex­ture can be mas­saged into skin with fin­gers over your favourite SPF, so it earns points for ease of use, too.

CHOOSE A SOFT FIL­TER

There’s a time and a place for a smoky eye — and a heat wave isn’t it. When you try some­thing dra­matic, and you start to sweat, then you re­ally no­tice it, says Ko­niaris. Cap­i­tal­ize on sim­ple ways to wear strong tones, like a wash of a single colour on lids or a trace of eye­liner. Or dial down the bright­ness. “If you choose a naked or neu­tral pal­ette it’s eas­ier to ap­ply the colour, and if colour starts to fade be­cause of mois­ture or ex­cess heat it doesn’t look bad,” she says.

GET GLOSSED

Ko­niaris’ ul­ti­mate sum­mer beauty recipe is one part hy­drated skin, one part full brows and one part colour. “I love lip gloss for a pop of sheer colour on the lips, it’s sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive,” she says. In heavy ro­ta­tion this sea­son are coral and pur­ple, but her fan favourite is Caryl Baker Visage Lip Gloss in Wa­ter­melon. “It’s a cool pink that com­ple­ments ev­ery skin tone. As with any gloss, you can wear it on its own, use a lip liner to give lips more def­i­ni­tion, or ap­ply it over lip­stick on the cen­ter of the mouth to accent a pout.”

MAKE A CON­VE­NIENT ARRANGEMENT

De­spite the use of wa­ter­proof for­mu­las, sticky temps can still undo the work put into cre­at­ing de­fined eye­brows and lashes. If you want to re­claim your time in front of the mir­ror with­out sac­ri­fic­ing those face-fram­ing de­tails, it’s worth con­sid­er­ing a longer-last­ing solution. “Be­fore I went to Greece last sum­mer, I booked Caryl Baker Visage treat­ments to have my brows mi­crob­laded and lash ex­ten­sions done. All I needed was BB Cream and lip gloss for the whole trip; whether I was at the beach or go­ing out for an evening I was good to go,” says Ko­niaris.

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