Skin-CareSo the summer is here. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love this season but doing what I do and being what I am I think it’s time I wrote a blog on probably one of the most important things we all need to know; KEEPING OUR MAKEUP INTACT.

Summer is full of fun but melting make-up, slipping eyeliner, and ultra-sticky lipstick are not among them. In hot weather, keep your make-up to a minimum and as simple and comfy as putting on your favourite clothing and flip-flops. No doubt both, the heat and the humidity are a big challenge, which keep us from doing what we love and so we have to make few variations to our daily routine. So today Iβ€˜m going to give you a few of the tried-and-tested tips to keep make-up looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you:

Primer Application: As its name suggests a primer is basically an introduction to something. Just as its meaning, primer is the base of any make-up application. Putting on a smooth thin-layer of a primer just before applying the base, will ensure that your make-up remains intact for a longer period of time. Its moisturising qualities help keep make-up looking fresh and dewy. Like house-paint primer, it provides a smooth base for whatever goes on next. Primers are definitely the way to go in summer. They’re incredibly light and they really help hold makeup in place.

Lightened Base: Just as you switch to cotton and linen clothes in this season, wear lighter makeup on your face also. First thing to do is to swap foundation for tinted moisturisers. These sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days.

Bronzer Application: Bronzer makes your eyes look livelier, your teeth whiter β€” everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, I recommend that you apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you, focus on your cheekbones. Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply. Another essential for keeping it real include a brush with long, loose, fluffy bristles. When you apply the bronzer, be sure to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes too, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a pony-tail. A tan face that’s framed by pale ears will out you fast.

Vibrant Colours: Just as you’re more likely to wear a vibrant top or carry an upbeat bag this season, now’s the perfect time to play up your makeup palette too. Besides looking summery, livelier colours brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to the skin. If you want to stick to the neutrals, you may but do experiment with just one area of your face; try lining the inside corners of your eyes with a bright coloured eye pencil.

Add Glow: Eliminate any unsightly shine in seconds, with the help of blotting papers. They’re cheap, easy, and amazing β€” you just press and go. If you need to perk up your make-up too, blot first, then follow up with a dusting of pressed powder with a hint of luminescence. You want to eliminate shine, but you still want to look a little glowy, especially in summer.

Switch Thick Lipsticks: Since heavy lip colours often feel like an overkill once the weather warms up, many women choose clear balm or skip their lips altogether. But just because you’re feeling low-maintenance doesn’t mean you have to look it. A simple tinted lip balm works nicely as well. They give you very light colour, and many even have SPF to protect you from the sun.

Stay-Proof Eye Make-up: Avoid using eye cream on your lids as it can sometimes break down make-up, and instead apply an eye primer. It will minimize creasing if any and create a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer.

Go for Waterproof Mascara: If you tried waterproof mascaras once but found them less than workable, it’s time to give them another go. Today’s formulas are much better and they really last! Invest in good make-up even if you have to get it from a corner shop in some busy market or ask friends and relatives who live abroad to get it for you. Good make-up will never mess with your skin in fact it will enhance the texture of your skin and give you a healthier look. Remember, make-up melts not just because of heat and sweat, but also because of the oil that is secreted from our glands. Your skin produces more oil in the summer as compared to in the winters, so be sure to grab a range of an oil control cleanser, toner, scrub and moisturiser. You can also try using a clay mask once a week to reduce oil secretions!

Have a Happy Monday and enjoy the summers!

Redah Misbah Qureshi
Creative Director
Depilex – Beauty Clinic & Institute