Hannah Betts's Better…not younger: Heatwave resistant make-up

Hannah Betts’s Better…not younger: Heatwave resistant make-up that won’t melt (even if you do)

  • Hannah Betts shares advice on wearing make-up and skincare in hot-weather 
  • UK-based beauty expert says that she has switched up her usual oil cleanser 
  • She has been storing Charlotte Tilbury’s Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum in the fridge

The first heatwave of the year is the one that knocks us all for six. After this, however brain fryingly sweltering it gets — and meteorologists predict the jubilee bank holiday will be a scorcher — matters feel less apocalyptic. 

But it’s still no fun to be an already hot and sweaty midlifer under such circumstances. My sole consolation is that, at 51, I finally know what I’m doing in terms of hot-weather skin and slap. 

The first thing I’ve done is switch up my usual oil cleanser for something a tad less cosseting, more refreshing. Wake’s new Facial Cleansing Gel (£9.99, amazon.co.uk) is a simple, vegan, foaming gel that lifts out impurities without leaving tightness. 

Q&A’s Hyaluronic Acid Face Mist (£6.50, qandaskin.com) has been doing bumper trade at Sainsbury’s and Holland & Barrett. 

Hannah Betts shares advice on wearing make-up and skincare in hot-weather. She shares her best choices to keep your skin flawless, hydrated and safe 

Natural, fragrance and alcohol-free in 100 per cent recyclable packaging, it’s chock full of hydrating hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, glycerine and prebiotics to soothe, refresh and rejuvenate hot, sticky, parched flesh. I keep mine in the cool box and spritz it all over. 

I’ve also been storing Charlotte Tilbury’s Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum (£45, charlottetilbury.com) in the fridge. Its cooling metal applicator and caffeine complex are genius for depuffing swollen summer eyes.

For sunscreen, I keep coming back to Garnier Ambre Solaire Super UV Anti-age Face Protection Cream SPF50 (£7, boots.com). It boasts skin-conditioning hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, standing up brilliantly to shields five times the price. 

The effect is creamy and luminous rather than dense and chemical, meaning I do actually apply enough for proper protection. 

Then, if I need a top-up, I spray on a layer of Garnier Ambre Solaire Over Make-up Super UV SPF50 cream mist (£6.50, boots. com) — job done. 

I’m sure you know Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation SPF 10 (£35, esteelauder.co.uk), as it’s the UK’s best-selling ritzy base. Well, now there’s an edgy spin-off — Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Makeup SPF 20 (£35.50) —that’s perfect for sunny climes. 

Hannah (pictured) says that at 51 she knows what she is doing in terms of hot-weather, skin and scalp. She has switched up her usual oil cleanser for something a less cosseting, more refreshing. She recommends Wake’s new Facial Cleansing Gel

It resists sweat and humidity, protects from pollution and blue light, and magically lends moisture where skin is dry, keeping oil in check. 

It’s not yet in the original’s 60 shades — merely 27 — but, still, I’m a real fan. It’s light, glowy and seriously flattering. 

On my lids, I’m using e.l.f.’s No Budge Eye-shadow Sticks, billed as a primer, eyeshadow, and/ or graphic liner. 

I got into them via its limited-edition Cookies ‘n’ Dreams 13- piece make-up collection. 

The lip glosses (£4) were too saccharine for my liking, but a oneswipe, vaguely 60s eyeshadow stick in matte white (Sweet Cream, £5, superdrug.com) and lavender blue (Chill Zone, £5)? Yes, please. 

The sticks also come in an array of shimmering shades — the most popular is Magnetic Pull (£6), a minky brown. Despite the ‘No Budge’ name, these do still budge a little on me, but apply on top of primer and they’re there for the duration. 

Lips-wise, we’re all craving colour for a long-awaited mask-free summer. Stubborn-hold mattes are the usual tip for scorching heat. Yet, what if you could secure a shot of uber-glossy, high-pigment that lasts all day and night? 

Maybelline’s brand spanking new Superstay Vinyl Ink Lipstick (£11.99, boots.com) is making that fantasy a reality: long-wear, high-shine poutage in ten completely cracking hues. Simply shake for five seconds before applying, then let fully dry. 

Gigi Hadid sported Vinyls in Wicked (a scarlet) and Red-Hot (an orange-red) to the Met Gala this month, inspired by her headto-toe vinyl rig-out. Punters are (rightly) going wild. 

On boots.com last week, the four bestselling lip products were all Vinyls. I’m obsessed with Witty. And before you say: ‘Oh, Lord, another lurid purplish pink’ — it isn’t. It’s a fabulously sexy, off-neutral mauve — the pink ‘Unrivalled’ is my plush party option. Anyway, Boots has a three-for-two deal so I’ll be bagging the lot. 


Sam McKnight’s products are the best in the business – the ones celebs and hairdressers actually use. He released his haircare/styling hybrid, Happy Endings Nourishing Balm, as a mini festive edition. Demand was off the scale. Expect the new full-size to fly (£24, sammcknight.com). It smooths, softens, and tames frizz.




Dita Von Teese, 49, (pictured) is never without sunscreen. She uses Eminence’s ultra-rich Linden Treatment Cream

A natural blonde, the burlesque star, 49, is never without sunscreen and loves Eminence’s ultra-rich Linden Calendula Treatment Cream (£46.49, amazon.co.uk). She is a diehard fan of Guerlain liquid eyeliner (£33, johnlewis. com) and Dior’s Diorific in Roulette Red (£32.50, selfridges.com).


Water mint, apple blossom and thyme instilling calm in the hot and bothered.


An uplifting scent with sandalwood, bergamot and basil, bestowing beautifully glossy hair.


Sure’s biggest tech breakthrough in 30 years, providing 72-hour sweat and odour protection, even after sport.


A new red ginger, citrus and patchouli concoction invigorates. 

A godsend for those with hot, swollen, heavy legs and feet. Instantly cooling.



Clinique arrived at Marks & Spencer on Thursday, allowing for the perfect shopping basket that is knickers, a packet of florentines and a flacon of Aromatics Elixir (from £45). One item sure to entrance buyers is its lip phenomenon: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (£19.50, marksandspencer.com). 

It is said to be the perfect blend of red, blue, orange and yellow pigments to suit every skin tone. I remember my wonderful friend Louise giving me one in 1993, because Vogue said Kate Moss wore it. Today, a new generation is falling in love with this 90s sheer burgundy. I’ll be buying them for my niece and goddaughters.


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