Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Make-up that won't melt: nine of the best summer-friendly formulas

Whether you’re sweltering in your stuffy office or holidaying in the depths of the Costa Rican jungle, there comes a day every summer when the temperature hits official ‘melting make-up’ point. And with higher temperatures comes humidity and its good friend, sweat. All of which are sworn enemies of foundation, no matter how carefully applied. We’re also seeing a trend for sheer coverage products and women who customise their existing foundation by mixing it with serum, oil or moisturiser to lighten the texture and emphasise their skin rather than wear obvious make-up.

Enter a new cavalcade of sheer, weightless complexion enhancers that are cleverly designed to give you more coverage than an average tinted moisturiser, with the texture of a lightweight cream. “Tinted moisturiser is no longer the only base for summer,” says Anna Marie Solowij, founder of popular beauty website BeautyMart. “Recently, we’ve seen an explosion of hybrid bases with new technology.”

According to Mintel, the popularity of the ‘natural’ aesthetic is so prevalent that UK sales of concealer and primer rose from £39million to £43million in 2015. Leading beauty brands are now employing cutting-edge technology when building light formulations that provide minimal coverage. Armani even employed the same technology used by Nasa to create an aerogel – a white silica powder that can absorb four times its weight in oil while remaining transparent.

As the temperature rises, so should the power of your base. For the ultimate featherweight coverage, simply browse the gallery below to find your best formula and look forward to the next heat wave rolling in…

Related

Karolina.PNG

Join the stars behind the scenes at the 2016 Met Gala

katy perry.jpg

Katy Perry talks body positivity

ee215d33b83a217f74946918f6b3fc7c.jpg

Simple and stunning ways to wear flowers in your hair

claire danes.jpg

Claire Danes’ glow-in-the-dark dress took 600 hours to make

HotelLillaRoberts_R__138.jpg

Discover a unique blend of food and design in Finland's capital

carousel2.jpg

Upload a French inspired snap and join us in France

jumpsuit.jpg

Sort your summer staples with this season's best jumpsuits

taylor swift.PNG

This week's best A-List Instagrams

lemontreedwelling.com blueberry feta onion spring summer salad.jpg

Ten easy, fresh salads perfect for warm weather

Comments

More

23 ultimate Love Island hairstyles for summer

Looking for some hair inspiration? Right this way...

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Jul 2017

This is the £4.49 highlighter that's been selling out all summer long

Say hello to the latest must-have beauty product...

by Megan Murray
20 Jul 2017

Ask the experts: golden skincare rules to follow in summer

Head this way for the ultimate guide

by Sarah Biddlecombe
19 Jul 2017

Emily Ratajkowski: we need to stop oversexualising breasts

“They aren't vulgar or offensive”

by Anna Brech
19 Jul 2017

The secret beauty detail we’ve all been missing in Game of Thrones

There’s more to Sansa Stark’s hair than meets the eye…

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jul 2017

Three easy ways to work hot holiday hair for cocktail nights out

Chic styles for glamour and presence

17 Jul 2017

Act of dignity: US beautician gives free haircuts to the homeless

“I just figured I'd lift people up a little bit”

by Anna Brech
13 Jul 2017

This is the most popular nude lipstick on Pinterest

And it costs less than £4

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Jul 2017

Why we should all be cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising our hair

Your classic facial routine now applies above the hairline

11 Jul 2017

A-list hair makeovers: the best hair colour transformations

From Cheryl Cole’s new look to Chrissy Teigen’s strawberry-blonde makeover

10 Jul 2017