Although summer is officially over in our hemisphere, this post is for all of you lucky people in the world who are still in sunny climes- and I’m sure I’m not the only one who makes the most of the extended heat of southern Europe (I had a Spanish early September) or has a sneaky escape from the cold, wet and grey.
Thandie, meanwhile, spent her late-August hols in Ibiza so I asked her about her holiday skincare and make-up routine to go along with some gorgeous photos that photographer Caroline McClelland took of Thandie in Mauritius for Elle magazine where Thandie did her own make-up (yes, I have serious competition).
Climate has a huge effect on our skin, how do you modify your skincare in humid weather?
Yes, I only use a light moisturizer in the areas that are prone to dryness. Sweating under unnecessary moisturizer is only going to lead to breakouts.
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If you want to wear make-up, what do you use and how do you deal with the odd blemish and conceal without clogging pores?
I use a light coating of Olay CC Cream, it has SPF15 so it’s great mixed with my with Make-Up Forever Face & Body Fluid. If I don’t have a tan I can get away with using the CC Cream alone, but the darkest CC Cream isn’t rich enough in tone for my skin when tanned, so the Make-Up Forever fluid is perfect for evening out my skintone whilst remaining sheer. For any blemishes, I use a dab of Tea Tree Oil.
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As for concealer, it’s about having the right texture as even with a good suntan I still have little spider veins around my nose and dark circles under my eyes. I love Becca Duo Concealer as it’s more on the dry side, which is perfect in humidity as it stays in place.
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Dewy skin is lovely in summer, but how do you deal with excess shine? I know how you love your Chanel blotting papers!
My usual blotting sheets don’t cut it in the humidity, so my favourite tip is to use one ply of a tissue wrapped around a powder puff to blot sheen. On a balmy Summer evening I’ll dust my t-zone with Jurlique’s delicious scented translucent powder.
Powder or cream blush?
My trusted Julie Hewett ‘Cheekie’ Cheek & Lip Shine is a blusher for all seasons. It has an amazingly natural appearance – there’s no shimmer, only pigment and a gel like balm which is very stable and not greasy, so it doesn’t block the pores. It also doubles up as a lip stain!
What about the rest of your make-up routine, eyebrows and eyes?
I’d use a powder in my eyebrows (with a dampened slanted brush) rather than my usual Suqqu Liquid Browliner but theSuqquwaterproof mascara has real staying power, this stuff stays put!