We are nearing the most non-makeup friendly season of the year. With the sun beating down on us and the cool winds bidding farewell, we are stuck in a sweat-infused heat wave where your kohl bleeds down to your cheeks, your eyeliner transfers onto your upper lid, and the blush, it’s hanging out somewhere along your jawline. Not a pretty picture, right?

Well, we took you through makeup swaps that you need this summer, and now, we’re recommending five tried-and-tested must-have products you should add to cart. They score high on durability, pass the bleed and transfer test, are light weight, and provide great coverage.

Estée Lauder double wear stay in place long lasting foundation

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup, £31

This cult beauty product had to be the first one on our list! Estée Lauder is a world renowned beauty giant whose products are on every makeup enthusiasts wishlist.  The brand’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is a medium coverage foundation with SPF 10.

Why We Love It:

  • It has a terrific matte finish that doesn’t move.
  • It is transfer-proof and waterproof, which means no random foundation skid marks on shirt collars anymore.
  • It adapts to your skin tone and looks natural; au revoir, cakey foundation face, we will not miss you.
  • It covers up uneven skin tone and acne marks.
  • EL has close to 40 shades in the collection, so you’re sure to find your match.
  • It promises a 24-hour staying power and honestly, it easily stays on for close to 10 hours at a stretch with no change in color or cracks.
  • The product is also fragrance-free and non-acnegenic.

Diorshow iconic overcurl mascara long lasting sweat proof makeup                                                                                                                                                                          

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, £25.50

Another brand that one can always rely on to deliver quality products, Dior has a revolutionary mascara which comes with a curved brush that can help you achieve red carpet lashes, anywhere, anytime.

Why We Love It:

  • It provides glorious volume without clumping.
  • The curved brush makes and holds the curl, so you can toss that eyelash curler now.
  • It doesn’t melt or smudge throughout the day. Raccoon eyes? Na-ah!
  • The mascara coating lasts all day without any flaking.
  • The wand is just right—flexible bristles with perfect length and thickness.

Bobbi Brown perfectly defined long wear eye pencil

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long Wear Eye Pencil £30

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics needs no introduction. They have been delivering photo-ready makeup products for years and our Instagram pictures are evidence enough. The Bobbi Brown perfectly defined long wear eye pencil comes with a twist-up pencil with a slanted nib that can be used at different angles to arch your brows. There’s also a spoolie brush on the other end for tidying up and avoiding over-fill.

Why We Love It:

  • It is waterproof and sweat- and humidity-resistant. So what goes on, stays on!
  • It has a wax and emollient formula which guarantees 16-hour wear without fading.
  • The unique slant tip helps one achieve ultra-precise definition. Hold it sideways to fill in large areas, or at an angle for thinner strokes.
  • The spoolie on the other end of the pencil helps you achieve the most natural finish.
  • It is highly-pigmented and hence, a little goes a long way.
  • It is smudge-proof so you don’t have to worry about rubbing and regretting.

urban decay naked skin ultra definition loose finishing powder long lasting sweat proof makeup

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder, £24

We love Urban Decay! You can say it’s the Dior of a struggling college student. The brand produces pure value for money products and we thank our beauty Gods for this blessing. The Naked skin ultra-definition loose powder is a setting/finishing powder that helps keep your makeup in place, heat and humidity be damned.

Why We Love It:

  • The powder feels silky and weightless.
  • It provides a luminous and demi-matte finish. It’s safe to say it blends flawlessly with your skin.
  • It aims to blur flaws, set makeup, and eliminate shine.
  • It contains optical blurring pigments that minimise imperfections.
  • Want an Instagram-ready face? Well, this powder creates a stunning soft-focus effect that lends you that professionally retouched look.
  • It is free of oil, parabens, alcohol, and fragrances.
  • The powder even comes in a variety of shades to suit fair, medium and dark skinned girls.

NARS velvet matte lip pencil sweat proof long lasting makeup

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, £20

NARS has been winning hearts with its affordable, durable, and extremely lust-worthy products. When it comes to a delectable matte velvet pout, this one’s our go-to for both lip pencils and lipsticks.

Why We Love It:

  • It has a lightweight velvety matte texture.
  • It comes in a non-drying formula and is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture that doesn’t leave your lips chapped.
  • Extremely pigmented—opaque in a single swipe.
  • No feathering or bleeding. Safe to say it’s date-night friendly!
  • It stays on for hours, so no more marking down coffee mugs with your lip shades, ladies.

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