A full day at the races means exposure to the elements: sun, rain and wind, which play havoc with your skin and make-up.

To prevent make-up melting, creasing and smearing, get the basics right with the following:


Not only does a primer help achieve a smooth even complexion by sealing the pores and blurring fine lines, but it helps make-up stay on longer by decreasing the sweating through the pores. Apply before your foundation.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is a lightweight oil-free gel which also provides UVB/UVA protection of SPF30 PA+++ Price £30 from John Lewis.

Eyeshadow primer

Eye primer creates a base for eyeshadow to cling to so it lasts longer, stays in place and keeps its colour.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion preps the lids for all day eyeshadow. It blends on all skin tones and dries invisibly. Price £18 from John Lewis.

Urban Decay also have a primer with an anti aging formula to reduce the appearance of wrinkles with optical blurring pigments that create a soft focus effect to instantly wake up tired looking eyes and minimise the appearance of imperfections. Price £18 from John Lewis.


For summer, a liquid foundation is best as cream foundations are heavier and tend to melt due to their creamy formula. Use sparingly as any blemishes can be hidden by your concealer.

Left: Boots No 7 Stay Perfect is said to ‘stay perfect’ for up to 24 hours’ wear, is weather proof and won’t cake or flake on dry skin or slide or shine on oily skin. Sounds perfect!

Price £14.50 from Boots, 14 shades available.

Right: Wunder2 Coverproof Foundation is transfer proof and smudge proof for 24+ hours. It also grips to other make-up products applied over the top – making them longwearing too.

Price £24.95 from Wunder2 and 5 shades available.


This great cover-up is a must for concealing blemishes, bags and lightening dark circles. Just add to the problem areas to create an even skin tone. For the face use a concealer shade that matches your foundation shade. Apply after your foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer lasts for up to 15 hours and won’t slip, slide or melt away. Price £22.50 from John Lewis.

Eye Concealer

For the eyes use a concealer one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

Benefit Industrial Strength concealer camouflages without creasing, smudging or wearing off. Price £17.50 from John Lewis.

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