Ah, summer. Everything is green, it’s flip flop season, you get to spend time relaxing by the pool, and your makeup is melting straight off of your face. If there’s one thing that I hate about summer, it’s that I’m sweating my makeup off by noon. If it’s going to be brutally hot (like it currently is in Oklahoma), and I’m staying home, I will just put some moisturizer and sunscreen on and call it a day. But there are days when I’m headed to work or need to run some errands and want to look presentable. Over the years, I’ve discovered a few ways to help my makeup survive the summer, so that’s what we’re going to talk about today!!
Use a lightweight foundation or BB cream. I love the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel. It perfects my skin with a little coverage and has SPF 30, though I still use my Dr. Jart SPF 50 before foundation. (I recently received the Tarte sunscreen in my Play by Sephora box and like it as well!) I don’t like a lot of foundation on my skin on really hot days because I feel like it accentuates the hot sweaty mess my face already is. If you have really good skin, you could even skip foundation and just use a little sunscreen and concealer! If you have super oily skin, try a mattifying primer before your foundation. This will definitely help keep the oil under control.
Set your makeup. To help absorb any oil and sweat throughout the day, try setting your face with some powder. Even if you are dry and don’t usually set your foundation, I recommend trying this to help keep everything in place. Also consider using a setting spray. They have ones that will keep your makeup in place longer and ones that help with oiliness. My favorite setting sprays are this one by Mary Kay and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. They are both made by SKINDINÄVIA, a company whose specialty is setting sprays, so you can’t go wrong with either one!
Use cream products! I like to use a little cream blush or cream eyeshadow and then set it lightly with a powder blush or eyeshadow of similar color or some translucent setting powder. You can also do this with your bronzer and highlight. Cream products look natural, and set with a powder will last longer than just powder products alone.
Waterproof mascara!! There is nothing worse than being a hot sweaty mess with raccoon eyes! I love Covergirl Clump Crusher in water resistant. This stuff doesn’t budge on a hot day, but isn’t impossible to remove at the end of the day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve repurchased this mascara over the past few years. This mascara is more lengthening and give a nice, natural looking lash. I also love the wand. It is so easy to work with!
Carry touch up items in your bag. I always have a makeup bag in my purse with some touch up items. I always have some lip balm, gloss, setting powder, and a kabuki brush with me at all times and find that this is enough to keep me looking fresh on the go. I also recommend carrying some oil blotting sheets in your purse, but if you don’t have any and need to freshen up on the go, try using a Kleenex or paper towel! Just gently pat over the areas you’re looking shiny to absorb the oil, and then you are ready to use your powder!
What are your secrets to beat the heat?