Commuter-Proof Makeup: How To Avoid The Summer Slide

Did someone say ‘heatwave’?  Top tips to prevent makeup meltdown in hot, sticky weather…

Great for working on your tan at the beach, terrible if you still have to commute to-and-from work and somehow still look presentable by the end of the day…  Whether you’re travelling to work on a hot, crowded train, work in a stuffy office with no air-con, or you’re running around having a super fab social life, you can prevent makeup meltdown easily with a few simple tricks.

It’s all about that base

Regardless of whether you’ve always seen them as a bit of a non-starter up to now, the reality is that a primer is going to be your new BFF, and it will behoove you to add a tube to your makeup bag immediately.

benefit Face The POREfessional PRO Balm
benefit Face The POREfessional PRO Balm. allbeauty Price £27.50

Try benefit The POREfessional PRO Balm  to instantly minimise the appearance of pesky imperfections for smoother-than-smooth skin that looks practically ‘poreless!’ Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup to help makeup stay put all day. Oil free.

To use: Prime in the A.M. Apply a thin layer of this PRO balm to clean, lightly moisturised skin. Pat lightly from the centre of the face outward with fingertips and then apply makeup as usual.


Clinique Superdefense CC Cream SPF30 Colour Correcting Skin Protector
Clinique Superdefense CC Cream RRP £30, allbeauty price: £23.95

Ditch the foundation

Summer is the absolute best time to ditch the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturiser instead. Not only are they lighter on the skin, helping to prevent clogging pores, but they just last longer in any kind of heat. We love Clinique Superdefense CC Cream SPF30 Colour Correcting Skin Perfector, to brighten dull skin and hide blemishes. Hyaluronic acid instantly fills skin with moisture while SPF30 helps protect the skin from UV damage.

To use: Use alone, alongside concealer or beneath foundation.


Spray and tone

Caudalie Grape WaterRegardless of whether you use them before applying your makeup or to reinvigorate your skin in the middle of the afternoon, a facial mist will help keep your temperature in check, sweat at bay, and your makeup locked in place. We love the Caudalie Grape Water, which is enriched with moisturising polysaccharides and mineral salts, this natural mist provides an instant boost of hydration whenever you need it. 

To use: No need to blot, simply spray and go. Ideal for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Can also be used as a toner after cleansing.


Blot it out

Clarins Pore Perfecting Mattifying Kit with Blotting Paper
Clarins Pore Perfecting Mattifying Kit With Blotting Paper. RRP £33, allbeauty price £29

Even if your makeup stays put throughout the day, it miiiiiiiiiight begin to glisten a little more brilliantly than you’d prefer. When shine strikes, an emergency supply of blotting papers and/or translucent powder will take away excess luminosity without wiping off your makeup.

We love the Clarins Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit with Blotting Papers , a portable, two step compact kit containing blotting papers to absorb excess oil without smudging makeup. It also contains a lightweight, translucent powder enriched with plant extracts and white clay to blur the appearance or enlarged pores while reducing shine. Ideal for normal to oily skin to help skin stay fresh and shine free.

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Best Dry Shampoos: 5 Favourites On Site Right Now

Summer means festivals, camping and acceptable bed head. It also means hair that doesn’t last til lunch… We’ve rounded up 5 of the best dry shampoos on the site right now.

The best dry shampoos clean the hair without drying or leaving grey residue. Extra points go to any that don’t need overly brushing out! We also love a dry shampoo to add texture and volume to the hair. For best results, try to apply at night before you go to bed. Then leave in the product overnight and simply brush through in the morning. We’ll be honest, dry shampoo is pretty much keeping us going RN!

best dry shampoos label m

label.m Dry Shampoo
Contains natural rich starch to refresh hair and also works brilliantly as a texturiser. Our customers love this product and rated it 5 stars at allbeauty.


product imageA’Kin Dry Shampoo 150ml
We love A’Kin – it’s a vegan brand with no nasties and enriched with botanical extracts. Their dry shampoo contains bamboo powder and natural argan oil, to both cleanse the hair and leave it shiny and refreshed.


best dry shampoos MOROCCANOILAlso available in a formula for dark hair, this dry shampoo for light tones from MOROCCANOIL contains ultra-fine rice starch as well as argan oil and UV-protectants. At the luxury end of the dry shampoo scale, but well worth the spend.


Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre for Colour-Treated Hairbest dry shampoos Shu Uemura
Especially for coloured hair, this dry shampoo absorbs oils but also moisturises hair. Simply apply then use fingers to distribute or brush through.


product imageLiving Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) 92ml
Not only absorbs excess oil and sweat but also deals with odour. With very little residue, this dry shampoo works on all hair colours and is silicone-free.


You can shop more dry shampoo here at allbeauty – tell us your favourite dry shampoo and why you love it!

Stay Safe In The Sun With Our Handy Checklist

A heatwave can catch you unprepared. Read our top tips to stay safe in the sun, compiled from information by the British Skin Foundation and sun safety experts Ultrasun.

Stay safe in the sun and don’t take risks. Skin can burn in as little as 10 minutes and remember – the sun is the number one cause of ageing! You can shop all sun and tan here at allbeauty.

  • The sun’s at its hottest between 11am and 3pm – avoid completely
    if you have pale skin
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 mins before you go out
    – don’t forget back of the neck, feet and ears
  • Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours. Start with a high factor (at least SPF 30)
    and reduce as the day goes on
  • Wear a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses – sunscreen is an extra layer of protection
  • UVB rays are related to skin cancer, UVA to ageing
    Make sure your product has the UVA circle logo to be sure of proper protection
  • UVA circle logoThe UVA star rating only shows how much UVA protection you’ll get compared to
    UVB protection in that product. So always choose a high SPF first (eg SPF 30)
    then look for 4 or 5 stars for the UVA rating
  • Keep babies & toddlers completely out of the sun.
    Use a sunscreen just for kids as adult sunscreen can irritate young skin
  • Drink plenty of water!

british skin foundation logoultrasun logoOur tips were compiled by allbeauty.com with information provided by Ultrasun and The British Skin Foundation.

Our handy pin below has all the tips you need:

Stay safe in the sun with these excellent sunscreens:

  • stay safe in the sun ultrasun glimmer