The only time I want my face to feel slippery, is when I’m fresh out of the shower. I do *not* enjoy the sensation when I’m 800 metres underground on the Jubilee line and smooshed into the armpit of a sticky stranger.
Summer’s finally arrived. The season we bitched about ghosting us is definitely, undeniably here.
Here’s a pickle. How does one appear professional in the weekly catch-up meeting while sweating from every orifice? How to seem cool, calm and collected with your foundation melting off your chin?
As it happens, I do actually have an answer to that one. It starts with a decent concealer and it ends with a mattifying face mist. Allow me to run through the steps in between…
1. Less is more
If you’re peeling off layers like they're going out of fashion (which tbf, they are), it’s time to apply the same theory to your face. Ultra heavy, long-wearing foundations may claim to be bulletproof, but they’re also often occlusive (they block air flow), comedogenic (they clog pores) as well as mighty claustrophobic in the sweltering heat. The truth is, sweating’s inevitable and your foundation will likely end up slipping off, so rather than fight the perspiration, work with it.
Instead, opt for lightweight layers like breathable foundations or tinted moisturisers, which though less long-wearing, are less likely to make you overheat in the first place. Or, if you don’t need the extra coverage, forgo foundation altogether in favour of a budge-proof and waterproof concealer employed strategically just where you need it.
2. Play around with the finish of your foundation
If you prefer to stick with a foundation, consider its finish. Ultra dewy and sheeny textures may well work for spring, but on uber sweaty days, try switching to a slightly more matte (or semi-matte) finish. The inevitable oils from your face will help to add its own natural sheen anyway, so best to start with something slightly less glossy so you don’t end up shiny by the time you get to work.
3. Waterproof is the way forward
Smudgy textures may be sultry for winter, but they’re not the one for summer. When it comes to your brows, lashes and even eyeshadow, opt for waterproof formulas that will stay put in the heat.
4. Step away from the highlighter
Sunshine helps to bring out the best in highlighter, catching the light-reflective particles and making it glow. A little is pretty. Too much means disco balls cheeks on an already slippery-skinned day. Not a good look. So avoid going in too heavy with it. Caution: It will end up sliding south anyway.
5. A mattifying mist is your best friend
There’s nothing like a refreshing mist on one a mega hot day. They’ll help to calm redness, clammy cheeks and quite possibly, fraying tempers (been there). So, why not double up on function and choose one that’s mattifying and can help to set your makeup in place, too? Two birds, one stone.