Dubai summers and makeup meltdowns go hand in hand – for obvious reasons. The secret to keeping your face looking fabulous in the heat, however, is as simple as following a handful of seasonal beauty tips and tricks. Scroll through to discover six of our favorites.
Pick a Primer
This summer, make your primer your new beauty best friend because this one product does so much to keep you looking sublime, come sun or sweat. Not only do primers provide important sun protection (make sure you pick one with an SPF), but they also smooth out the skin’s surface to create the perfect base for whatever makeup you apply on top, helping it last longer and not melt away. Lightweight and breathable, a primer is key to making sure your makeup stays put.
Try the Nars ‘Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer’ – it has SPF 30 protection and boasts powerful antioxidant properties to keep your skin protected and looking perfect in the heat.
Nars ‘Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer SPF30’
AED199 / SAR203
Set with a Spray
Offering a hydrating and refreshing boost whilst setting your makeup, face sprays are a surefire way to keep your cool and your makeup in place. Urban Decay boasts some of the best makeup mists in the business, with cult favorite ‘All Nighter’ being on the top of our list.
Featuring patented “Temperature Control Technology”, this clever formula will lower the temperature of your makeup to ensure it does not budge – whatever the weather. Plus, it’s so lightweight that you won’t even feel it on your skin once you’ve sprayed it. A true summer savior.
Urban Decay ‘All Nighter Setting Spray’
AED134 / SAR137
Opt for Waterproof
Streaky mascara and panda eyes are never a good look, so stop your makeup from streaking down your face by opting for a waterproof formula. Whether it’s mascara, liner, foundation, or even lipstick, there are waterproof options for everything these days – and you can rest assured that even the hottest summer day won’t contend with these cosmetics. Click here to discover the best waterproof mascaras, as tried and tested by our editors.
Alternatively, you could turn to Make Up For Ever’s ‘Aqua Seal’, a clever liquid converter that turns any powder or pencil into a long-lasting and smudge-proof product. It’s as simple as saturating a makeup brush with the liquid and using that wet brush to apply your chosen makeup pick.
Make up for Ever ‘Aqua Seal’
AED115 / SAR117
Save Your Shadow
Stop your eyeshadow from smudging, creasing, and fading in the heat by opting for a shadow primer. Working just like the primer for your face, it will smooth the skin on your lids for flawless application whilst helping your color ‘stick’ and last longer.
This primer from Benefit is the definitive way to perfect your peepers – not only does it keep your eye makeup in place, but also works for concealer. Infused with vitamins C and E to nourish and help with anti-aging, the formula also contains sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and moisturize eyes to give you a beautifying boost from the inside out.
Benefit ‘Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer’
AED136 / SAR139
Switch It Up
To really make your makeup last longer, try using a loose powder on your skin before applying foundation. This simple switch helps mattify the skin and reduces shine, in turn helping your foundation last longer. This is particularly beneficial if you have oily skin, but you can also use powder only on the areas of concern if you have combination skin.
Dior ‘Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder’
AED278 / SAR284
Blotting papers have been a beauty staple for decades and, if you’ve never used them before, now is the time to start. They help remove excess oil and sweat during the day, and do so without disrupting your makeup – you’ll be left looking clean, fresh, and flawlessly matte.
Sephora ‘Oil Blotting Papers’
AED34 / SAR35