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Has the heat got your makeup melting? We got you.

Beat the heat with these long-lasting Summer beauty buys

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 03.07.2021

Let’s take a moment to appreciate that lush feeling of the sun beaming on your face.

We don’t get it very often here in the North East, but when we do we soak up every second that we can get.

The only issue we face is that our makeup melts off in the process – revealing our insecurities and turning us into black-eyed pandas. It’s not a good look, even after a few wines…

But why should we waste our precious time in the sun worrying about how our makeup’s looking? We’ve got better things to do, haven’t we girls? (We did just mention wine…)

As always, we’ve got you covered.


From setting sprays to long-lasting mascara, we’ve handpicked the best beauty buys to make sure you spend more of your time in the sun worrying about the important things – like having fun, getting your tan on and… did we already mention wine?

Prime your face

Prime and you’ll look fine. A primer gives you a smooth, flawless canvas to apply makeup onto for better and longer-lasting results. Just what we need in a heatwave.

Oh, we’d recommend buying a primer with SPF in too. You can never have too much sun protection, but it’s far nicer to wear when it’s in a light, non-sticky primer. Feeling gorgeous while staying protected – what more can we ask for?!


Charlotte Tilbury, Invisible UV Flawless Poreless Primer, SPF 50


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Escentual, Urban Decay All Nighter Face Primer

£10.20 – £22.95

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Superdrug, e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer


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The Ordinary, High-Adherence Silicone Primer


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Cult Beauty, Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

£10.87– £21.75 (was £29.00)

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Dust your face with powder

Once you’ve applied your primer and foundation, give your face a dusting with a setting powder to keep your foundation in place. A perfect handbag purchase to bring out and about with you, powders are perfect for touching up any shiny areas and avoiding that greasy look.

Beauty hack alertBaking. Apply powder and let it sit on your face for 5-10 mins, allowing the heat from your face to set your foundation and concealer. Then, you dust the powder off your face and you’re left with makeup that stays put all day. Thank us later!



John Lewis, Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, Translucent


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Look Fantastic, Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder


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Feel Unique, Maybelline Superstay 16h Powder


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Kiko, Unlimited Long Lasting Matte Loose Powder

£9.09 (was £12.99

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Tarte, Shape Tape Pressed Powder


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Spray that setting spray

One small spray and you’re away! Setting sprays are the perfectly simple finishing touch to keep our makeup from slipping when we leave the house.

We have to admit, we’ve all hair-sprayed our face in our younger days! But this is a natural, far kinder method for our skin that keeps our makeup looking flawless.


Feel Unique, NYX Professional Makeup Make Up Setting Spray Matte Finish



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Cult Beauty, Morphe Continuous Setting Mis



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Beauty Bay, Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal


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Beauty Pie, Fresh Glow Breathable Setting Spra


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Benefit, The POREfessional: Super Setter


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Blot that shine away

We’re all about that dewy, glowing look this summer, but we have to draw the line. From shiny foreheads to sweaty upper lips, there’s no hiding when we’re melting in a heatwave, is there ladies? This is where blotting paper comes to our rescue. It’s a great way to minimise shine, especially if you’re out and about – just dab and the sheen disappears like magic!

Skin City, Make the Make Oil Absorbing Sheets

£4.90 (was £7.00)

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Urban Outfitters, Merci Handy Magic Plants Blotting Pape


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Just My Look, DHC Oil Blotting Paper

£3.33 (was £4.20)

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Harvey Nichols, Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper


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Boohoo, Brushworks Charcoal Blotting Paper 100 sheets


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Lap on that long-lasting mascara

Ain’t nobody got time for those panda eyes. From swimming in the sea to rubbing your eyes from hay fever, these long-lasting waterproofs mascaras will allow you to enjoy summer without the worry of smudging your eye makeup.


Benefit, They're Real! Lengthening Mascara


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John Lewis, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara


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ASOS, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara



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Clinique, High Impact™ Waterproof Mascara


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Eyeko, Sport Waterproof Mascara


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Find a foundation that’ll last

 Easier said than done. We’re not sure about you, but we always see on our Insta feeds girls asking: ‘what long-lasting foundation do people recommend?’ Well we’ve found the best ones for you. After all, a foundation that can conquer a heatwave is what every girl needs to keep themselves looking and feeling fine.

Here are our top picks to get a full-coverage look, without the risk of our face makeup looking too thick and claggy.

Bobbi Brown, Skin Long-wear Weightless Foundation


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Estee Lauder, Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup



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ASOS, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation



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Superdrug, L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr Foundation



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London Love Beauty, Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation


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