My Hot Weather Makeup Must-Haves

…just in time for the weather to cool down


The idea for this post came at a time when I was considering driving 40 miles an Argos to pick up a fan that was actually in stock. I know you non-Brits are bored of us U.K bunch talking about the weather but we’re really not that great at adapting to spells of heat that make you feel like a lump of slow-roasted lamb. I even went in the sea for the first time in 20 years (and it was enjoyable). Of course the heatwave was promptly cut short by rain, wind and I’m pretty sure there was even hail at one point. It’s Thursday at the time of writing this post, so who knows whether it will be spring, summer, autumn or winter by the time that this post goes live. However, I thought I’d go ahead with it anyway because you might be heading to a steamier climate sometime soon and be in need of some recommendations (Lily and I are off to New York tomorrow – SQUEAL), or perhaps the weather here will reach melting-point again. Who knows?


OK, let’s start with base. Of course a solid SPF is where you have to start in the summer – that’s non negotiable. There’s a few I love, but as I’m a fan of ones that feel like a nourishing moisturiser I’m currently into the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30. It leaves a workable amount of sheen to my skin without any hint of a white cast or greasiness. To go on top I use one of two options. I either go in with the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (I use Light in the summer), which provides coverage, even more SPF and stays put pretty well for something so dewy. Or, and I used to do this all the time when I worked in an office and needed something quick and easy in the mornings, I go for a tinted moisturiser that provides more glow than actual coverage and quickly dust a powder that has some coverage over the top to dim any redness and make it last longer. The Glossier Skin Tint in Medium and MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus, layer really well.

Cheek colour-wise I often keep it really simple, just going in with a bronzer – like the Make Up For Ever Pro Fusion Bronzer (I use M20) and letting my natural ruddiness work as blush, and sweat work as highlighter. To lock everything in though you can’t go wrong with the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray – it’s a classic and for good reason. I can never quite put my finger on exactly why it’s awesome and it might be a complete placebo effect, but I always feel like my makeup lasts longer whenever I spray this on after full-face application.


For eyes, sometimes I’m in the mood for cream eyeshadow and am convinced that lasts longer than powder, other times I’m in a powder mood and think that cream eyeshadow is a crease-y, darn mess. It depends what side of the bed I wake up on. One thing I always reach for though is some kind of waterproof mascara. Some people go for waterproof formulas only in the summer, however I wear them all year round as my eyelids moonlight as reservoirs of oil. My favourites aren’t the easiest to get hold of, but they’re both from the Asian market and that industry knows how to do no-budge formulas right. If it’s more of a natural fluttery look I’m after then I go for the Heroine Make Long & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara. However, if I want volume and thickness I go for the Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara which brings a serious boost to my elephant-like lashes.

I’m not someone who is too fussed by lip colour. I tend to apply it in the morning, pack it in my bag and then completely forget to reach for it for the rest of the day. So I’ve been trying to find formulas that last and last and last, so reapplying (or my lack of) becomes a thing of the past. The It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better All-Day Lip Liner Stains do exactly that and although the colour range isn’t exactly up my alley (it’s a little brown and plummy for me), the shades Blushing Nude and Pretty In Pink blend into a colour on my lips that I quite like. I just roughly work them all over my lips, smoosh them together and call it day. If I want some hydration though, I bloomin’ love the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors and have done for years. They provide a glossy lip, that’s non-tacky and feels like a balm on the lips. I often carry it in my bag instead of lip balm (much to Mark’s disgruntlement when he asks to borrow my balm).



I always have a tendency when it’s hot just to pile it on to mop up any grease and cover all the redness that the heat undoubtably brings out, though actually, it’s much better to go for light layers and more of them to create a long-lasting sandwich of makeup.

→ Even if you’re adamantly against powder like I am (unless Glossier came out with one, I’d be all over that shiz), go for something thats sets but doesn’t blot. The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder does a great job of that.

→ Instead of carrying a tonne of products, I end up carrying around more tools. I like to have with me some cotton buds to mop up smudged eye makeup or mascara, a Beautyblender to bop out any makeup that gets caught around the nose area and the brush I’ve used for powder to dim down any grease.

Never underestimate the power of loo roll for coming to the rescue of a profusely sweaty armpit or a nose that looks like you could fry an egg on it.

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • Justine Seynhaeve

    Seriously, Anna, how gorgeous are these shots! I’ve been following you for a while now (couple of years) and I’m always feeling so inspired by your work. The clean lay-out of your site, the perfect pictures, the jokes in your texts.. it always makes me smile! I sincerely hope you will be doing the blogging/YouTube thing for a loooong time!

    Greetings from Belgium,


  • Alessia

    “letting my natural ruddiness work as blush, and sweat work as highlighter” LOL same

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Daaammmnn you and Lauren have really been stepping up the photography! Amazing job, Anna! I also absolutely adore your today’s video! It looked like you were shooting a music video and Frances did such an incredible job.

    Love from Indonesia,

  • I love the photos in this post! Wow, you guys did a great job styling the products!

  • I’m in love with these photos; SO PRETTY. Also, just want to say I really like today’s video. It was brilliant! Always looking forward to your videos and blogposts 🙂 X

  • My makeup would have well and truly melted off my face without my UD all nighter spray…then it ran out as the heatwave calmed down.
    Alicia x

  • Haha! I love the tip about loo roll, glad I’m not the only one…

    Heather x |

  • Ray

    Love this. It’s a nice collection you’ve got there.

  • Rania Bolton

    Your pictures are getting better and better!

  • HarrisonBeach

    Love the set up of the back drop!!

  • Rachel

    I am with you on avoiding the blush in summer – my ‘natural rosiness’ is more powerful than any blush! If I could bottle it I’m sure I’d make a fortune!
    Love that you included the Stella perfume – my fav – & I picked up a handy handbag-sized rollerball version from Sephora last time I was in the USA.

  • mybeautrip .com

    Kiehl’s is a great brand. Love its products!

  • I’ve heard great things about the Urban Decay setting spray and considered getting it, maybe I should buy it this year and see if it makes a difference on really warm days!

    Julia x
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  • I love the background you’re using for the photos here! Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and the Clarins Lip Perfectors always come out to play when it’s hot or me too!

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I have been wanting to try the glossier skin tint but I think it is sold out?
    Set to Glow

  • CS

    Hey Anna! I’ve been a follower of you and Lily for ages and would love to meet you both! Are you by any chance doing a meet up or anything like that on your trip to NY?

  • These are some fantastic ideas, my make-up always slides off in summer. I’m eyeing up the Kiehl’s face cream and the Charlotte Tilbury flawless finish powder. Thanks for the tips 🙂 x

  • Great summer picks!!

  • Molly

    beautiful photography!

  • annasjotter

    Living in Australia means that makeup is reserved for about 3 months of the year! haha Dying to try the cc cream but being an online purchase I’m so worried about getting the right colour… ahhh dilemma

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  • I didn’t realize you love the Glossier Skint tint… I think that is next on my to-try list! I also need to try Fairydrops mascara!!

    xoxo Mollie

  • Love it! Have to try some of these!

  • The warm weather really turns us into walking puddles of sweat and oil. I don’t like the overly powdered look either but my niece got me into the Rimmel Stay Matte powder and one light swirl with my brush covers my whole face and lasts for about 4-5 hours on me, depending on how long I’m stuck out in the heat.

  • The Urban Decay spray and the Clarins lip perfector are two of my favorites as well.
    Loving the photos in this post, so pretty!

  • Loving these photos! I don’t blame you all for complaining about the hot weather because you guys don’t have air conditioning which boggles my mind! I live in Texas and would literally DIE if we didn’t have an AC in our home. There have been a few occasions (of course during the summer) where our AC has broken and didn’t get repaired for a few weeks.. I was about ready to go stay at a hotel lol. Anyway, I love your picks! That cc cream from It Cosmetics is amazing and I just got the Glossier skin tint!

  • Kelly

    → Never underestimate the power of loo roll for coming to the rescue of a profusely sweaty armpit or a nose that looks like you could fry an egg on it.

    Anna, we can always count on you to keep it real! I’ve lived in tropical climate my whole life, but still loved and learned loads from this post 🙂

  • Bernadette

    Great makeup picks! I love the look of the IT cosemetics CC cream, I definitely need to try it out, I have heard far too many good things about it not to try it out.

  • Loving these photos Anna, so pretty :)!