Post by Thandie.
Many, many women live and work in sunny climes. Which means that make up needs to be up to the temperature challenge. A stable base is obviously going to be more tricky when sun and sweat are jostling for position. I had that experience shooting in Nigeria on ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ in 2012 – my wonderful make up artist Sharon Martin warmed up my skin tone at the start of the shoot – but honestly, after one week in the heat of Calabar my skin had tanned to a good shade, and we pretty much abandoned foundation. It would not stay on my face!
Since then I’ve been curious about how women manage in the heat? It’s important to have the option of being able to even out our skin tone, maybe cover marks or blemishes – even in the heat. One of the advantages of the new wave of BB creams is that they promise moisturising, foundation and sun protection all in one. But that still doesn’t work when we want to be camera ready – we need more dense coverage.
I found myself in Ghana recently, out in the rural areas, and very much on camera with a crew trailing my every move. I didn’t want to be obviously ‘made-up’ but I did want a polished, natural appearance. In prepping for the trip I had to tackle the ‘what foundation?’ question.
Kay had suggested I try Double Wear Light, and ladies, IT IS THE STUFF I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! For entire days on end my make up didn’t move. Whether I was under the direct sun and sweating, or in humidity; the foundation was lightweight and stable. The tones range from pale to dark skin, and offer a Sun Factor of 10. I wouldn’t wear it in lower temperatures because I think it would have a drying effect – but for great results in the sun, this is the stuff you want.
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