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The Beauty Bible: How to Beat the Heat with Chrys Chapman MUA
Hello, gorgeous ones! As we awake to another sizzling day here in Yorkshire, we’re delighted to be welcoming the wonderful Chrys Chapman Pro Makeup Artist back to our little corner of the internet with a topic that couldn’t be any more fitting. We’re all more than aware that this past month or so has been filled with sun drenched days and record high temperatures, but for some brides-to-be, this weather may be causing more of a makeup meltdown rather than a blissed out bride demeanour. Well, don’t panic! Chrys is here to talk about heat-proofing your makeup…
“Have you been loving this heat wave?! I am a fully fledged, born and bred, Vitamin D addicted sun worshipper. My grandmother, with her Sicilian olive-toned skin gifted my mother with a need for tan, which she then passed down to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love wooly jumper in the depths of a rainy November, but I have no greater joy than wearing a floaty dress on summer day, feeling the rays on my skin.
Love these sunny days or loath them, the sun looks to be here to stay — even after the little forecasted dip, the mercury is set to soar again. And no matter what your feelings are toward the temps, I want you to look and feel your best! So let’s talk heat proofing your look and how we can take the challenges of warmer weather and turn them into our makeup allies.
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In times of sun and heat, less is definitely more, which is great news for the busy, go-getting women that we all are. Let’s keep makeup collections capsule and even multi-use if possible and above all light weight. As always, I’m starting this conversation off with skin prep and complexion and what I would say is where possible, keep products oil free for longevity of wear in warm weather. Why? Imagine two picnic favourites in the heat — ice pops and potato salad. The ice pops might melt, but it’s basically all water (and sugar), so relatively easy to clean up. Now lets bake that mayo based potato goodness in a bowl in the beating sun — oily, separated, slippery mess. You don’t want that on your face, do you?
The importance of preparing your skin simply cannot be understated, and even in the heat, skin wants hydration, but in the warmer weather opt for water based moisturisers and primers. I love a glowing skin in the summer so I alway choose Laura Mercier’s Radiance Primer to infuse my skin with that pure pearl pigment that is Laura’s gift to skin prep. I also love to pair it up with her oil-free Tinted Moisturiser (I wear it in Bisque, but do get colour matched, and don’t assume you’re the same colour in the O/F version, because it tends to run a shade to a shade and half darker than its hydrating counterpart).
If you want something that combines colour correction and radiance payoff with a touch of colour-adapting coverage, try Korean skincare brand, Erborium CC Cream. This product is like that controlled-fall trust exercise at an office group team building day — it comes out of the tube white and adapts to your exact skin colour, making it an ideal summer and holiday choice if you don’t want too much coverage, because it will travel the many tones of the tanning journey with you.
But what about cheek colour? I love a creamy-textured, apply-with-my-fingers, leave-me-more-time-for-walking-outside option. I love it even more if it’s a multi-use product! Enter Becca’s beach tint in a host of colours from demure pinks to vibrant guava. They are pretty powerfully pigmented so a little touch is all it takes on cheeks and lips, but this Australian brand knows everything about how to stay looking gorgeous and glowing in high heat.
So you’ve got a few products to get the base looking easy, breezy beautiful, and you’ve prepped to give you the best chance at the look lasting, but how to keep it in place all day? Answer: Setting. Whether you set with a spray or powder do take the extra few moment to set your makeup. For powder, I’m going to go back to our friend Laura Mercier and her iconic Translucent Powder. With French Cashmere Talc, this powder is photo friendly and an essential for anyone who is oil or perspiration conscious. It’s best applied by saturating a small area on a velour puff and rolling into skin. To retain that gorgeous goddess glow, only apply to areas you want to mattify — so primarily the forehead, nose and chin. If you choose a setting spray I opt for Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray.
Image: Urban Decay
So there you have it! A quick roundup of some favourite warmer weather options and the theory behind the products that really beat the heat! Now, make like my favourite ’90’s song, and don’t forget the sunscreen! (to all millenials, do yourself a solid and Spotify the Sunscreen song. It my not change your life, but it will make you smile).”
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