Tried & Tested: Melt proof make-up for holidays and heatwaves
Putting on make-up in the heat is often best avoided. And on holiday -
in the daytime at least - we often go without. But when you want to put
a face on - whether because you're going to work, you're out for dinner
or you simply feel naked without it - what should you wear?
No doubt we've all been victims of make-up meltdown and caught sight of
a pool of foundation between the brows, or a sweaty mess around specs or
sunnies. That's why we've tested 13 different make-up products all
claiming to be balmy beauty must-haves. Here are the results...
1. SportFX Balance Boosting BB Cream, £12.99, Sports Direct
Claire says: "Honestly, I can't recommend this BB cream enough. I wore
it for hours and hours, on a boiling hot day, and it did not budge. It
gives a nice coverage, with the added bonus of containing SPF 20 - I'm a
2. ALLEVEN London Colour Shield Hydrating Tinted Protection, £38, Cult
Sarah says: "Pale legs are never a good look in the sunshine; pale and
blotchy legs are even worse. Unless you're a pro with fake tan (which
I'm not), the only option is to wait patiently for a colour change - by
which time, we'll all probably be back in trousers again. This clever
mist is a quick-fix solution, acting a bit like make-up for the body,
but without too much gloop or smudge. Beyonce is a big fan and wore it
to perfect her bare pins for a recent Coachella performance - proof it's
also perfectly capable of surviving a good sweat. I needed quite a few
sprays to cover my lower legs, and had to work fast to blend it all in
(it works best on moisturised limbs). The results were pleasing; the
shade worked well with my skin tone and gives an even - albeit subtle -
coverage. My legs didn't look tanned, but I did feel more confident
about putting them on parade - and there were no embarrassing streaks at
the end of a sunny day."
3. YourGoodSkin Immediate Shine Relief, £9.99, Boots (Boots.com)
Gemma says: "If you're in need of a quick shine fix, this on-the-go
treatment claims to offer the perfect remedy. But while the mattifying
skincare helped to reduce and prevent shine for a good few hours (apply
prior to make-up for best results), it did require a top-up or two amid
the British heatwave."
4. Trinny London Just A Touch Foundation/Concealer, £28
Lauren says: "Trinny London's Just A Touch calls itself a
foundation/concealer, but it's feels much more like a concealer as it's
thicker than foundation - and that's probably the reason it didn't melt
off half-way through a hot day. The idea is that you don't cover your
entire face with the product (and frankly, there's not enough of it in
the pot to do that), so if you just need to cover a few imperfections,
it does that job really well. It feels too thick to use on the delicate
skin under the eyes for dark circles, though. The concealer blended into
my skin without the need for additional foundation, and incredibly, I
didn't need to reapply for an evening out later."
5. La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Instant Oil-Absorbing Coverage Cream
Mousse, currently reduced to £11 from £16.50 (Escentual.com)
Claire says: "This BB cream contains SPF 20 and glided on to my face
like silk. However, anyone who wears glasses (and that includes
sunglasses) or has hayfever might not be overjoyed at the patchyness
that starts happening around the sides, and over and across the bridge
of the nose, once it's been on for a few hours."
6. SportFX Mist + Fix Recovery Face Spray, £7.99, Sports Direct
Sarah says: "I've always wondered how preened gym bunnies manage to fix
their make-up like glue, even during the sweatiest of workouts. This
mist spray claims to do the job - and make your face look less like a
raging beacon post-exercise. I put it to the test during a bus journey
in 30-degree heat. Just as sweaty as a spin session, right? I applied it
several times during the day and my make-up did stay in place - although
the oily, sweaty pools around my cheeks and forehead refused to go away.
But it felt refreshing to apply - and for the price tag, that's probably
enough of a service."
7. CYO Fixing Spray, £5 (CYOcosmetics.com)
Gemma says: "Finally, a fixing spray with some serious staying power.
Weightless and quick-drying, I spritzed CYO's ultra-fine mist over my
make-up before a night out, and a good six hours (on the dance floor)
later, I was still good to go and rocking that fresh 'just applied'
look. With no melting, fading or settling into fine lines either, it's a
8. bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation, £22.95
Claire says: "Be quick if you want to get your hands on this one, as
it's a limited edition. It doesn't contain any SPF, sadly, but it's a
lovely, buildable foundation, which you apply with a sponge and it dries
to a powder finish. Apply as much or as little as you like, and it
claims to stay put for 12 hours. Impressive stuff, eh? I didn't need
half a day's worth of wear, but it certainly stayed put, and if you do
want a top-up later in the day, it's really quick and easy to do. It's
also made with a 90% vitamin and mineral formula."
9. Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimizer, £29.95
Sarah says: "In line with the 'Look, I'm wearing no make-up, well
actually I am' trend, this primer and skin finisher supposedly smooths
the complexion and gives a hint of natural radiance. It's easy enough to
apply and blend without sitting in the pores, and definitely hydrates
the skin. In fact, it probably hydrates a little too well. Even with
only a pea-sized amount, I created an oil slick and needed a swish of
powder to lose the reflection on my forehead. While this might be a
winner for normal or dry skin, anyone with an oily complexion would do
best to give it a swerve."
10. CYO 'Turn on the Light' Illuminating Mixing Cream, £6,
Gemma says: "This dewy, long-lasting illuminator has garnered glowing
reviews - and for good reason. Blended with my usual foundation, it
proved to be an instant skin fix for my (often) lacklustre skin by day;
whereas by night, it was super easy to up the shimmer stakes, by
applying it to cheeks, brows and eyes. Be warned - one or two of pumps
is all you need if you're after a subtle pick-me-up."
11. Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation, £25.50, Benefit
Claire says: "Benefit's newest foundation contains SPF 15 and has
received rave reviews from customers saying it feels weightless,
breathable, natural and blurs imperfections. It started off well, and
still looked good after a short, sweaty sprint to the train station, but
after a few hours, I found it becoming patchy on my cheeks, nose and
12. Make Up Forever Aqua XL Color Paint Waterproof Eyeshadow in Copper
Gold, £19 (Escentual.com)
Sarah says: "While powder eyeshadows tend to cake in the creases of
eyelids, liquid gel formulas generally stay put for the day. Easy enough
to blend, this waterproof eye colour did stay the distance - although
the shade was so light, I barely noticed it was there. If your skin is
already hot or sweaty, you'll have trouble fixing the product in place,
and may end up smudging it all over the socket. When I tried to layer it
up to get a stronger colour, I got myself in a gooey mess."
13. Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer, £66, John Lewis
Claire says: "This may be pricey, but you do get what you pay for. This
foundation went on beautifully and stayed put all day long, despite
heatwave temperatures. It did need a dusting of powder after
application, but it didn't need touching up again for the evening."