Your Passport To Shine Free Skin

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With the sweltering heatwave temperatures soaring above 30 degrees recently which is pretty much unheard of in the UK, it is not only causing us all to freak out but it's also contributing to a makeup meltdown across the country!

Whilst there are many positives to the warmer summer months makeup melting is not one of them, if that is an issue you experience too check out my top 5 tips and product recommendations to keep the shine at bay this summer.


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I have been relying so much on the use of a primer recently to prolong my makeup and keep my skin as shine free as possible throughout the current heatwave temperatures. There are so many primers out there to choose from but for this weather an anti - shine, matte or oily control primer is an essential, currently I am using the NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer, £27 which is the perfect multi purpose primer for minimising my pores and extending the longevity of my makeup.

Eyeshadow primers should also not be overlooked, I couldn’t be without my NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, £19.50 which helps to set and seal my eyeshadow for a long lasting all day finish.

Setting Powder

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Even though I have dry skin I always apply powder to set my makeup, this month I've been applying a blend of Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder Pressed Powder, £3.99 and Vichy’s Dermablend Makeup Setting Powder, £17.99 everyday to control oil and shine.

Taking the personalised My Beauty Matches quiz has helped me to find the best powders and products for my skin type, why not see what it can do for yours too?

Blotting Paper / Sponges

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I have a small makeup bag in my handbag filled, probably too full, with my makeup 'essentials' including lip balm, hand cream, nail files and of course, blotting papers. To me they are such a 90's product but they work so well if you want to reduce and absorb shine without adding more makeup, I like NYX’s Fresh Face Blotting Papers, £5.50 and have almost finished the pack I have in my bag because of the heatwave we've had recently so I definitely need to pick up some more! Real Techniques have also just brought out some blotting sponges which are definitely worth checking out.

Setting Sprays and Face Mists

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I have only tried a couple of makeup setting sprays my favourite was Urban Decay's All Nighter, £23.50 which worked so well for me. Another product I have been heavily relying on recently are face mists due to their instantly cooling, refreshing and hydrating properties which help to keep my skin looking healthy, I love Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist, £24 and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, £12.


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SPF is one of those products that I always forget to use, even on holiday which is awful but thankfully I have SPF 30 in my foundation and some SPF in my skin care which is a quick and easy way of using SPF without having to buy an extra product.

If you are after a separate SPF face cream opt for a high SPF factor which will also help to mattifying your skin, I like Benefit’s Dream Screen Facial Sun Cream Spf 45, £27 and Dermalogica's Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30, £50