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Summer-proof Your Makeup

Our cover makeup artist KELLY BILIMORIA gives us the ultimate guide to staying fresh and dewy, instead of permanently sweaty, as the heat turns up.


Make sure your makeup isn’t affected by rain (which are inevitable in this perspiration climate) by investing in waterproof products – especially when it comes to mascaras and eyeliners. Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes!, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Pencils and My Favourite MUFE Aqua Eye Liner are some that stay put in rain or shine.


Meet your new BFF! Primer ensures your makeup stays in place no matter the weather. Use it all over your face to stop your foundation from slipping, on your eyelids to keep eyeshadow from creasing and on your lips to prevent your lipstick from smudging. You can even purchase a primer with colour-correcting, hydrating or mattifying benefits that will tackle the two concerns simultaneously. My favourites are the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Step 1 Primer range, MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for eyes, the Too Faced Melted Lip collection and the NYX Lip Primer or the E.L.F. Lip Primer and Plumper.


Depending on how your skin fares in the humidity, you may prefer a lighter foundation that offers coverage but doesn’t slide off. A few good options are the MAC Studio Face & Body, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 20, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation or MUFE Face & Body.



Carry some of your products in your handbag so you can nix shine and and touch up on the go. I always have my MUFE HD finishing powder (my favourite!) and Gatsby blotting papers on hand. Just remember to always dab any sweat beads with tissue or blotting paper – wiping will take off your makeup.

This story first appeared in the LIV March 2016 issue of Expat Living Magazine. Buy a copy, or head to our Shop here to subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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