Stay­ing power

Beauty prod­ucts are get­ting bet­ter at last­ing longer. We pick the he­roes of the hour that ac­tu­ally stay put – even on beach days

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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.

The­foun­da­tion Lasts­for:12hours

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

Th­e­set­tingspray Lasts­for:24hours

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

The­blush­palette Lasts­for:12hours

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

The­mas­cara Lasts­for:18hours

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

Thecon­cealer Lasts­for:16hours

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.

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