Summer beauty: the ultimate guide to battling a heatwave

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Here are the products that will help you keep your cool during the heatwave.

Whether you’re enduring a sweaty commute (hello, Central Line) or working from home, you’re bound to feel the effects of this heatwave.

From foundation to humidity-proofing hair sprays, we’ve pulled together our favourite sweat-combatting products to help you navigate the rising temperatures…

  • The SPF: Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50


    Factor 50, fragrance-free and a lightweight gel that’s comfortable to wear in the heat; this Kiehl’s SPF ticks all the boxes. Plus, it sits comfortably under make-up.

    Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50, £38

  • The moisturiser: Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Anti-Pollution


    In roasting temperatures, you should try to avoid all forms of skin-suffocating moisturisers. So, we suggest that you opt for a hydrating jelly instead. This product’s jelly texture glides easily onto skin, leaving it feeling smooth and clean, rather than sticky and shiny. To make it even better, it has anti-pollution technology – perfect for all city-goers.

    Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Anti-Pollution, £31

  • The foundation: Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation


    Having a foundation that won’t melt as soon as you step outside is key to your make-up lasting all day. Available in 40 shades, this waterproof and sweat-resistant foundation, created by Dior’s very own creative and image director Peter Phillips, was made to meet the high demands of the catwalk and is perfect for battling high temperatures.

    Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation, £30

  • The setting powder: Laura Mercier Universal Loose Setting Powder


    This cult favourite is perfect for the warm weather to lock your make-up in place. Apply it in thin layers to avoid it caking up on skin, and focus particular attention on areas where you sweat more, like your forehead. 

    Laura Mercier Universal Loose Setting Powder, £32

  • The concealer: Glossier Stretch Concealer


    With this cult brand’s concealer, it is all in the name. The formula “stretches” like elastic and will not crease or cake under your eyes. Available in 12 shades, it’s also extremely buildable and doesn’t slide around your face, making it the perfect concealer for summer. 

    Glossier Stretch Concealer, £15

  • The make-up setting spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray


    A favourite for all beauty fans, this setting spray is perfect for all sweaty scenarios. As well as prolonging make-up, the formula is very lightweight and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy.

    Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray, £26

  • The blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush


    Blush is an easy way to achieve that fresh-faced glow we all desire. This award-winning tarte blush lasts for 12 hours, and will still look silky and smooth even when you get home after a long sweaty day.

    Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush£25

  • The liquid lipstick: Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick


    On sweltering days, we’re constantly drinking from our water bottles – so, we need a lipstick that doesn’t get washed away after our first sip. This Stila lipstick is not only moisturising, it also leaves your lips with a vibrant flush of colour that lasts all day. Choose from 11 shades. 

    Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick£17

  • The mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara


    This mascara tube is very popular among beauty fans for a reason. As well as giving your lashes volume and length, it’s waterproof, too, meaning that no level of sweat can leave you with panda eyes.

    Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara£22

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