We have returned to that time of year where the day could either entail some bearable sun and a nice cool breeze or where the mere thought of stepping into the blazing heat could break you out into a sweat. British Summer is upon us, and for the days where it is inevitable you will suffer from sweaty upper lip syndrome, these products promise to keep your makeup on your face and your shine under control. So hopefully you will stay looking fresh and not too oily after half an hour outside. The rise of the BB cream has been a blessing for our summer skin. With more coverage than a tinted moisturiser (meaning you don’t need super human skin before you even apply it) but not as heavy as a normal foundation, these serum/moisturizer/primer/foundation concoctions are perfect for a lightweight every day look. By using an all-in-one BB cream you run less of a risk of a million products sliding down your face in the summer sun, and even if it does start to wander, the reapplication is easy.
You should make the products with SPF included your new best friends, such as Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream with SPF 30 (£7.99). With flawless skin and protection, BB creams should be a seasonal essential. Although lightweight products are the solution to your sweaty problems throughout the day, there are still going to be times where a trip to a beer garden will be necessary and a BB cream isn’t quite going to cut it in the coverage stakes. For those nights on holiday where a full face of make up is required, there is Benefit POREfessional primer. A favourite in the beauty community, this primer promises to minimise pores, compliment all skin tones and help makeup stay put. With a silky smooth consistency that applies like a balm, you won’t even feel like you have an extra layer on your face. At £24.50 for 20ml, this primer is on the pricey side but as only a pea-sized amount is needed to cover your whole face, the bottle lasts for a long time. However if you are looking for something a bit cheaper, a great contender is The Body Shop’s All-In-One Instablur (£14.00 for 25ml). Although the consistency of this product is heavier and more gel-like than the POREfessional, its vow of 12-hour shine control will make sure your foundation and concealer stays put. So we’ve gone through summer-friendly bases, now we can turn our attention to products that will hopefully set these bases and do some face-sliding prevention.
For powder, there are no products with better value for money than from Rimmel London. Their Stay Matte Pressed Powder and Clear Complexion Transparent Powder (both £3.99) are so affordable whilst also being really high quality. The Clear Complexion particularly will look lovely on top of a BB cream for a super natural day look. Finally, it is time for the holy grail of long-lasting makeup, the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This product will change your life (or just make your makeup stay on for a really, really long time). Three or four quick sprays directly onto the face will leave you feeling cool, refreshed and ready to bask in the sun. At £22.00 the 118ml bottle lasts for months and is definitely worth every penny. Unlike other settings sprays, the All Nighter settles into skin like a fine mist, so there is no stickiness or tightness after application. Urban Decay have created the ultimate summer essential which every beauty addict needs in their makeup bag!