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Age-proofing summer make-up

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Age-proofing summer make-up

Who doesn't want to look youthful and polished for their summer holiday, or maybe for a special occasion? That's where the newest waterproof and long-wear make-up formulas really shine. Made to last, they'll stand up to heat, humidity, water and anything else thrown at them, so all you need to worry about is having a good time.

Shine-free primer

If you find your foundation slides off during hot spells a primer could be the solution. Look for one that will help prevent shine, help disguise fine lines as well as keeping your make-up in place all day.

We like… No7 Stay Perfect Shine Free Primer (£12.50/20ml), which has light reflecting particles to help blur lines as well as a clever oil-absorbing ingredient to banish shine all day.

Budge-proof eyeshadow

If you feel naked without eyeshadow, but find they quickly slide off, it's worth investing in a long-wear cream eyeshadow. A creamy formula won't sit in creases, but because long-wear formulas set fairly quickly, they avoid that caked-on look by gradually building up the colour.

We like… Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow (£18.50/3.5g). While it isn't cheap it will last all day long without creasing and won't leave skin feeling tight or uncomfortable. It's easy to blend, a little goes a long way and it's available in a great selection of shades, too.

Smudge-proof lip colour

Forget tacky glosses that wear off in minutes, instead opt for comfortable lip colours that will stay looking good throughout the day. New long-lasting formulas have really improved and won't dry out lips or accentuate lip lines. If you do suffer with very dry lips, try applying a lip balm and letting it sink in fully before applying lipstick over the top.

We like… Maybelline Superstay 14Hour Lipstick (£6.99), which has great staying power, but feels light on the lips.

Cake-free powder

Yes we know we're constantly telling you not to apply powder as it can make wrinkles look worse, but if you suffer from shine then a light dusting of a translucent powder might help. Apply it very sparingly (you shouldn't be able to see it) over those areas where shine appears on hot days such as your chin, forehead and nose.

We like… Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent (£3.99), because it doesn't cake and easily mops up any shine.

Heatproof eyeliner

Nowadays waterproof formulas are pretty much on a par with regular ones, which means budge-proof eyeliners are just as easy to use. Panda eyes are never a good look though, so avoid harsh black and instead choose softer shades that will help subtly define.

We like… Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal (£3.99), which is easy to apply and is water and sweat-proof. Available comes in seven shades; try flattering bronze or taupe.

Stay-put mascara

When the weather heats up, you need a mascara that will stay on whether you're in the heat or in the pool. Some waterproof mascaras can be drying, so look for those containing nourishing ingredients such a vitamin E to ensure your lashes stay healthy – particularly if yours are a bit sparse.

We like… Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara (£15/5g), which is not only waterproof, but also contains conditioning argan oil and vitamin E to leave lashes silky soft, not brittle. Pür available from Marks & Spencer.

Make-up fix

If you still find your make-up refuses to stay put once the weather heats up, try a make-up fixing product. They create a light film to protect your make-up and shouldn't feel sticky or drying – in fact you shouldn't be able to feel you're wearing them at all.

We like… Diego Dalla Palma Make-Up Fixer (£19). It's pricey, but slightly cheaper than other big brand versions and has good reviews. Diego Dalla Palma available from Marks & Spencer.

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