BY SIGOURNEY CANTELO
11TH JAN 2013
Avoid a beauty meltdown with these expert tips.
We asked Vogue favourites, make-up artists Craig Beaglehole and Victoria Baron, for their top tips for saving face over summer.
1. Keep it simple
“In the heat, focus on what’s really important for your beauty, if you look great with mascara and a bold lipstick, keep it that simple,” says Craig. Victoria agrees: “The more you put on, the more there is to move around and potentially drip down your face.” If you can bare it, skip the foundation completely. Try a tinted moisturiser instead – Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisture SPF15, $57.75
2. Pick your moment
Don’t have a meltdown. “If you don’t have airconditioning in your house, put your make-up on last before you leave the house after a refreshing cold compress on your face to refresh,” says Craig.
3. Ace your base
Skip the heavy face cream, says Victoria. “If you are hot your skin will reject whatever is on your face!” Stick to a light sunscreen lotion or for evening, try a matte primer to absorb excess oil like Becca Resurfacing Primer, $55.
Craig says it’s a good idea to tone skin before you start. He likes Simple Soothing Facial Toner, $10.69, and to steer clear of additional cream products like blush and bronzer.
“The new generation of bases means less is more so go for a foundation where a couple of drops blended evenly onto the skin gives you a radiant glow and will hold. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk [$90] is brilliant for this as is Chanel Mat Lumière [$72],” says Craig. Both are available from department stores.
4. Line with gel
Gel liners stay put better than kohl pencil or liquid. Craig rates Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, $16 and Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in a crayon (love 20E), “These products are designed to hold all day and do,” he says. Make Up For Ever is available overseas.
5. Go easy on the shadow
Smoky eyes and steamy days do not mix. But if you must … “If it’s a big event, such as a wedding, and you need a smoky eye, loose powder is your friend. I always tone the eyelids first to remove excess oil, put on some base, a luminiser on the brow bone and then set it well with a loose powder. You can then do your favorite eye make-up and be confident it will last all day,” says Craig, who also likes creating smoulder with By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze Moon #4, $62.
“There are some great eye colours that go on as a liquid and set and don’t move. The Ellis Faas eyecream colours [$52] are amazing at this,” says Victoria.
6. Skip the lower lashes
In extreme heat, waterproof mascara is your friend. But it’s all in the application. Craig recommends leaving mascara off your lower lashes.
7. Fix your make-up
Nanna’s trick of setting your make-up with hairspray is a thing of the past with sealing sprays. “A seal spray will give your make-up a bit more longevity, revitalise the skin and freshen the look of the makeup,” says Victoria, who loves Clarins Fix Make-up, $27.20.
Or in a pinch, a light misting of water will help.
8. Mop it up
Pack blotting papers, says Victoria. “They are amazing. They are designed to soak up the oil and not the makeup and are a great alternative to applying coatings of powder throughout the day.” Bloom Facial Blotting Tissue, $9.95.