July is here, and a quick forecast check suggests that UAE will experience another month of scorching sun as the temperature refuses to budge below 40oC.

Going glam may have taken a backseat priority but a calendar filled with events is often a duty that cannot be taken for granted. You may ask how is it possible to do your best makeup in this weather without smudging your eyebrows and melting your foundation.

The answer is, you can. You see the celebrities do it all the time. The argument that they have professionals to help them is valid, but for us, common folks, tricks are all we have, to put our best face forward. Here are five that actually work.

Prep your skin right

Summer makeup is a challenge right from the first step. Use a good cleanser that removes every trace of dirt. If you have an oily skin then Kielh’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is recommended. If your skin is dry then opt for products that are infused with natural ingredients such as Bebarefaced Natural Rose Cleanser, a vegan product with vitamin A, C and E to hydrate your skin.

Use a soothing toner preferably suffused with aloe vera and cucumber to calm your skin in the raging heat. The Body Shop’s Aloe Calming and Facial Toner works well for sensitive skin.

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Following the toner, ensure you apply a generous helping of water-based sunscreen. Neutrogena’s Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen is hailed for being lightweight and quick absorbing.

Primer is your best friend

The innovation that changed the makeup game in 2019 is the primer. Your expensive foundation means nothing if it cannot hold on to your face. Primer, not only gives a solid base for the makeup application by blurring lines and breakouts, but also ensures your makeup stays intact and on point.

The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer uses a non-greasy hydrating formula, which gives your skin a perfect base for the next important step- the foundation. Though silicon is a debatable ingredient in makeup, it sure is what keeps the makeup last much longer and resists the sultry, humid heat.

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Opt for lightweight foundation

Drinking ample amount of water in summer automatically makes your skin better than it was in winter. So, summer foundation should not be the same as your winter one. A tinted moisturizer works best for casual days out, but for an event, opt for water-based foundations which gives you a good coverage without blocking your pores. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is a worthy buy for the season, and is available in more than 20 shades. Don’t forget to dab a loose powder through the T-Zone area that gives you a matt-finish and long-lasting make up. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Translucent sets makeup up to 12 hours and its sheer coverage gives a flawless finish.

Blotting paper – the holy grail

As soon as you spot your face greasy and extra shiny, use blotting paper prior to reapplying your make up. This saves you a lot of follow up processes, does not disrupt your makeup, and you can just reapply your powder for a fresh new glow.

Makeup setting spray to lock your efforts

The final step before stepping out is getting that spray strategically smeared on your face. No humidity, no heat, no waves, no sweat, can deter your efforts now.

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Clear has earned raving reviews for making the makeup last up to 16 hours.

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If you have checked out the choicest of products here and want to get your glam on this summer, don’t forget to avail for voucher codes, a wise shopper always does. Go to VoucherCodesUAE to get discounts in varieties of makeup products and more.