How-to pro long your makeup base

Nothing takes up space in a suitcase like jars and tubes of endless skincare products. We know how stressful it can be to pack the right beauty supplies, as holidays are stressful on one’s body and mind, and who has ever gone wrong with a little extra help? Bearing in mind the destinations climate, everyone needs a long lasting foundation that will adhere and adapt beautifully on their skin. Here are four tips to ensure your makeup base lasts perfectly all day:

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Start with cleansed and toned skin: As many makeup critics can argue about the credibility of toners, we say, use them. Only when your base is cleansed and primed will it absorb makeup to make you look naturally blessed with great skin. Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera Cleansing Milk is a beautiful product that is worth every penny. A toner and cleanser combined in one, with benefits of organic goodness, we give this product a big thumbs up and definitely say it should make it in your essentials skincare kit.

Use a primer: Lightweight primers are preferred as most countries at this time of the year experience spring to summer weather conditions. Our top pick this season is Guerlain’s Blanc De Perle Lightning UV Base. As the name has it, this primer instantly lightens and brightens your complexion because of the miniscule pearl particles in its formula that blends into the skin. However, if your skin is problematic or experiences redness, Philosophy’s On a Clear Day is a great primer to clear acne and spots, while Smashbox’s Photo Finish Colour Correcting Foundation Primer, reduces redness, letting your foundation do a better job at evening out your skin tone.

Choose the right formula for your skin type: With foundations the proof is always in the pudding as different foundation formulas tailor to different skin types. If you have dry skin, use a cream or liquid foundation. For oilier skin, choose oil free liquid formulas, powder, or mineral foundation. For dry skin our suggestion is the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation as it leaves the most gorgeous dewy finish, perfect for this time of the year. For an oil free formula that combats the shiny look, use Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Plus that works as a liquid foundation leaving a nonglossy finish that is long lasting.

Use a setting powder or a setting spray: Setting powders are not a preferred product by many, while others swear by it. In warmer weather conditions, it is better to give these a try. Instead of choosing pigmented finishing powder, try a translucent one; Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder is a promising product that does not cake. And if you want to skip the powdery effect all through, use a setting spray, the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is a product that works brilliantly all through the day (and night, obviously).

Three products for summer dew

Dewy cheeks, radiant skin and sun kissed face are one of the most natural looks to sport this summer. Here are our best buys to achieve this look without any fuss.

 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Illuminating

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This is a life-saving product. The moisturiser glides on to the skin, without any caky-ness. The products have minute iridescent particles that hit the light and provide a beautiful glow. This one is perfect for summer as it contains SPF 20. With the slight use of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder on your T-Zone, the look can be perfected for eveningwear as well.

Benefit Fine One One Blush

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This blush has such gorgeous pigments to create the perfect rosy look for day or a night out. It gradients in three colours; pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral creating the perfect three-dimensional blusher effect. To top of the perfect skin for this summer, check out the next one!

Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 season’s bronzer

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The four shades of bronze ensure that you don’t get an awful orange cheekbone. This bronzer is perfect for some serious contouring, but works well to create a sun kissed look. Apply a light handed application on your forehead, chin, hollow of your cheeks and nose with a stippling brush for a well blended look.

Disclaimer: Any third party does not sponsor this review; all products are bought and tested.