Beauty products are getting better at lasting longer. We pick the heroes of the hour that actually stay put – even on beach days
There’s really nothing moreirksomethanfacing a mirror and seeing your painstakingly applied lipstick sneaking outside the lines. We’d wager that this disheartening realisation manifests itself to you all during the obligatory restaurant bathroom selfie after you’ve unwittingly left remnants of your rouge on the rims of various glassware or indeed a smudged smooch on the chicken escalope. So disappointing.
Orhowaboutwhenyourliquid eye-liner, without any permission whatsoever, takes a meandering dip into the corner of your eye and the remaining black on your eyelid has faded to a lifeless grey? And don’t even get us started when our shopping bags for under eye puffiness still looks like we haven’t slept in days after stockpiling concealer. Then of course there’s the blush that vanishes by the time you crack a smile. The cheek of it.
Mintel reports that 43 per cent of us are not impressed with the amount of staying power in the products we use. Considering we spend most of our day in the office and then slide into social events without a break in between, we need products that last the duration and stop us from looking worse for wear by the midafternoon. We’ve consolidated a stress-free guide to the best longwear products that saves you lots of reapplication time.
The trouble with most foundations touted as long-wear, is that they tend to make you look like you’re starring in a Shakespearean play. Giorgio Armani’s face fabric though, is like the foundation equivalent of the perfect fitted jeans. The formula melts onto the skin, instantly fusing with the surface. The 12-strong shade spectrum is awesome. Face fabric foundations Dhs210 Giorgio Armani
The eye-liner Lastsfor:14hours
With Diorshow’s pro liner, you don’t have to worry about being in a temperature-controlled environment like you do with most eyeliners that flake in 40-degree heat. It’s principally waterproof so we tried it on a beach day and came home with it fully intact. Being that it’s a pencil means your application is accurate and there’s all the intensity you want in a liquid liner. You can be as thick or thin as you want – the result is equally strong. Pro liner Dhs138 Diorshow
It should be a given that this kind of product is a saving grace but often times the initial spray gives all its goodness in one go. Those are essentially, peak too sooners. Urban Decay’s got it so right. This lightweight spray will keep your makeup on all day without moving one thing out of place. You’ll never go back to your hairspray again. All nighter setting spray Dhs99 UrbanDecay at souq.com
Finding blushers and bronzers that look natural takes an unnaturally long time, wouldn't you say? And in the interest of not bulking up your beauty bag with protruding boxes of all sizes, this nifty three in one face palette includes a bronzer, blush and highlighter for on-the-go purposes. The blush is buildable, the bronzer swipes on like a second, richer-toned skin and the highlighter lends a foil 'but not foil' mesmerising effect. Essential bronzer palette Dhs259 Chanel
The lipstick Lastsfor:12hours
A swipe of lipstick – especially on a bare face – can be a transformative beauty move; which is why we have looked high and dry to find one that holds up. After trying Guerlain’s Rouge G, we can confirm that it stands the test of the thickest, most slurpy of soups. Its velvety smooth surface makes it feel like you've not got any on but it smells so delicious. Need not reapply. Rouge G Dhs244 Guerlain
The clue’s in the name here, so cast aside any notions of clumpy spider lashes. Charlotte Tilbury’s cleverly shaped brush is filled with fibres and pigments that thicken (without later crumbling) the scantest of lashes. Formulated with marine glycogen to stimulate growth of the hair follicle and nourishing tamanu oil, this mascara has an iron grip on your lashes but never feels dry. We’re already on our second tube. Legendary lashes mascara Dhs145 Charlotte Tilbury
For us the best kind of concealer should be pigmented enough to cover blemishes and is easy to blend without giving you the reverse panda effect. Classic beauty blunder. A little goes a very long way with Nars’ concealer as it’s relatively thick but it works a treat on the entire face, not just your eyes. This lasted us the entire DXB to LAX slog as if we had our full night’s sleep. Soft matte complete concealer Dhs165 Nars
The nail polish Lastsfor:1week
The frustration is real when you have a shower a few hours after a manicure and the first sighting of a chipped nail emerges. We know there’s gel but let’s be honest, it’s tough on your nails over time. An intervention is in order. We tried out Tips & Toes’ new Vinylux collection from CND. This fastdrying polish looks and feels like gel and lasts over one week Vinylux mani/pedi Dhs160, 30-minuteback,neckandshoulder massageDhs105available at Tips & Toes branches.