Our Best Summer-Proof
Makeup Tips

The hottest (and stickiest) season of the year is here, so now’s the perfect time to ramp up your hot girl summer (proof) beauty looks. If you’ve already experienced the sweltering slip and slide of your makeup during a night out (thanks, humidity) and aren’t sure where to begin, our Global MUA, Nathan Kaké, is here to share his best summer makeup tips to ensure your summer makeup lasts from am to pm – minus the unwanted shine.

1. SPF - Your BFF

Aside from protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun, (THE most important step in your skincare routine) a natural-matte sunscreen works double time during your skin prep as an SPF and moisturiser in one. The ultra-light Napoleon Perdis Skin Guardian Natural-Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen is designed to shield against UVA and UVB rays as well as be worn under makeup. Its weightless veil of coverage syncs with your base for long-lasting wear, and hydration-rich ingredients lock in moisture for a hydrated, protected complexion that feels soft and silky.

SPF - Your BFF
SPF - Your BFF


“Whilst we love a flawless-looking base, sometimes a full coverage Foundation isn’t the greatest option – cue hot, humid, summer days and nights. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your glam plan. Instead, opt for a base with sheerer coverage and matte or satin finish.” Says Kaké. The Napoleon Perdis BBB Cream is an ultra-light, dreamy creamy Foundation hybrid that delivers undetectable coverage with a radiant finish. If you’re still concerned about your skin looking like a glazed doughnut, set with the Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder Foundation over any areas prone to shine (forehead, T-zone and chin).

If you can’t bear to go bare (pun intended) opt for a complete matte finish formula such as the Napoleon Perdis China Doll Foundation. Its self-setting formula means you can skip setting your base with powder and it will stay put, no matter how hot and sticky the night’s shenanigans become.


Although perfectly snatched brows are a foolproof way to frame your face, Kaké recommends creating more natural, sweat-proof arches with a single swipe of a tinted eyebrow gel. “The Napoleon Perdis Arch Rehab Tinted Eyebrow Gel features a micro-fine, angled spoolie designed to glide seamlessly through the brow. Not only will your brow sculpting time be cut in half, the high-pigment, yet subtle tint defines without feeling sticky or stiff – and that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what we’re after!”

SPF - Your BFF



“Before applying your concealer, spray a little setting spray onto an eyeshadow brush and gently tap around the under-eye area. Then, apply a light application of concealer to the under-eye area. Take the same brush, spray a little setting spray onto it and tap over the concealer. Works wonders to set product without having to add additional product and powders.” Says Kaké.


Is there anything more satisfying than a multi-tasking makeup product? An extra hour of sleep during daylight savings comes close, but no, there isn’t. The Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Concealer takes the cake as the ultimate double-duty hero. This medium-full coverage concealer delivers smooth, even skin tone and texture, whilst disguising dark circles and blemishes. This hydrating concealer contains Vitamin E so it’s perfect for creating a soft focus, natural- matte finish. Use under your eyes and as a spot concealer wherever needed to camouflage redness or discolouration with a luxurious second-skin feel.

CONCEALER - The Double-duty Hero


Repeat after us, smudge-proof eyeshadow and mascaras = summer-proof makeup royalty. Whilst it’s natural to reach for cream eyeshadows for a quick and easy smokey eye, our eyelids are one of the oiliest parts of our face. Cue a little sweat, a little Macarena, and boom! our eyeshadow and mascara are making a runner for our cheeks. The key is to use smudge-proof and waterproof eyeshadows such as the Napoleon Perdis Luxe Lids Eye Stix. These artist-approved and beginner-friendly eyeshadow sticks make eyeshadow application a breeze. With this richly pigmented and long-wearing eye makeup, you won’t have to keep swiping your fingers along your under eyes to avoid panda eyes.

Finish your look with a waterproof mascara to withhold even the happiest of tears such as Mesmer-eyes Mascara Waterproof.


Looking for a blush and bronzer that can take the heat? This one’s a little more complex. Although crème blushes and bronzers deliver the ultimate flush all year round, if not set correctly during high temperatures they can become a muddy mess. The trick?

“Apply a light application of your crème blush or bronzer to the high points of your face. Allow the formula to set for a few minutes, and once completely dry, lightly tap a powder blush or bronzer (whichever you’ve applied) over the top. The secret is to ensure your crème product has completely dried down before setting with powder to avoid it looking cakey and flat.” Advises Kaké.


Fact: a long-wearing matte lipstick is guaranteed to outlast any summer soirée. Look for a long-wearing lipstick formula that doesn’t fade, smudge or rub off on your champagne glass. Kaké swears by the Napoleon Perdis Soul-Matte Longwear Lipstick. “The pigment-rich colour, combined with natural oils and vitamins work to hydrate as you wear which makes this lipstick the crème de la crème of summer lip colours.”

Can’t part with your ultra-glossy lips? We get it.
The Napoleon Perdis Shine Show Liquid Lipstick features the satisfying shine of a lip gloss with the amplified staying power of a lipstick. So, you get the lustre of a lip gloss with the budge-proof finish of a lipstick. See? We’ve thought of it all!


No surprises here, beauties, but a setting spray is the non-negotiable way to control unwanted shine and achieve a satisfyingly smooth, matte makeup finish. The Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Matte Setting Spray not only keeps your

Lips - Long-wearing aka not going anywhere

look locked in place, but it also smells divine and can be used throughout the day to refresh your summer makeup whenever you feel a disco inferno coming on.

The temperature may be rising, but along with that comes a bunch of summer fun (hello, Sunday sunset drinks) and we’re sure as humidity not letting that stop our makeup from looking fabulous. You’ve got this! Browse the Napoleon Perdis website for the best makeup products you’ll want to wear all summer long.



“Waterproof Mascara not your thing? Try a tubular mascara such as the Napoleon Perdis All-Out Volumising Mascara. Tubular mascaras are magic during the warmer months because of their smudge-proof, yet flexible to the touch formula which coats lashes and doesn’t transfer or smudge. Best of all? You can effortlessly remove them using warm water only.” Says Kaké.