I love summer. It's full of so much fun but...it's hot.as.bananas. We all complain about it. Especially when you're getting ready for work, or a night out with friends, you get your makeup all finished, walk out the door and it's a matter of minutes before your makeup is melting and eyeliner is smudging. In this summer heat, I keep my makeup applications as simple as possible. The heat and humidity are a challenge, so you have to make a few little changes to your routine.
Your skin changes with the seasons, so your "normal" moisturizer might be too heavy once the weather warms up. Not only will you breakout with a heavy moisturizer but it can cause your foundation to slide right off. I use CeraVe moisturizing lotion.
2. Prime Time
Primers go on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Only takes a few seconds and, like house-paint
primer, it provides a smooth base for whatever goes on next. They're incredibly light--they don't feel at
all like a heavy, additional layer, and they really help hold makeup in
place. I literally have ten primers but I am currently loving Benefit's POREfressional primer.
3. Lighten up your Foundation
First step: Swap foundation for
tinted moisturizer. These sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin
and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days. Try Smashbox Sheer Light.
Tinted moisturizer not enough coverage for you? Brush a powder foundation over the
tinted moisturizer in spots where you need a little extra coverage. OR, for an inexpensive option and for more coverage, use your regular foundation and mix it with a light moisturizer.
4. Bronze Baby!
Bronzer makes eyes look brighter, teeth whiter--everyone
looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. But you have to keep it looking fresh and natural. Do this by applying
bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally
hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. Powder bronzers are
the easiest to apply. I LOVE Smashbox Bronze Lights in Suntan Matte.
Be sure to sweep a little
bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair
or are wearing a ponytail.
5. Stop Shine, Just GLOW
A slick T-zone instantly sends the message "I'm hot", and I don't
mean sexy. To eliminate shine in seconds, nothing beats
blotting papers. They're cheap, easy, and amazing--you just press and
go. Try Clean&Clear oil absorbing sheets for an inexpensive option.
If you need to perk up your makeup too (I usually do), blot first, then
follow up with a dusting of pressed powder.