Summer is full of wonderful things but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Don’t worry, the good news is we have some tricks up our sleeve that can help you to flaunt your makeup in summer! Fasten your seatbelts because we are going to tell you how to slay even if the weather is against you!
Proper Base Is The Key!
The way you care for your skin is just as important as the makeup you apply to it. Use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning. You should opt for an oil-free foundation formula to match.
Prime That Skin!
You won’t regret the few seconds it takes to apply a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Primers are definitely the way to go in summer. They don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer, and they really help hold makeup in place.” Try the primers which use hyaluronic acid spheres to soften wrinkles and blur imperfections.
Go Light On Cosmetics
If you want to prevent your makeup from creasing and caking, say it with us: Less is more. If you can, just use a tinted moisturizer and a concealer where you need it. Makeup likes to move around when it’s hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it.
Bronzer For Warmth
Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, the makeup gurus recommend applying bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, baked look.)
Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; look for one with varying shades — they’ll blend together for the most authentic-looking results. You can also sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.
Rich, deep colors have their place, but they can look heavy in summer. To lighten up your look, switch to sheer versions of your go-to lip and eye colors. Use a lipliner pre-application if you need extra definition, but go for a nude shade to keep that carefree feeling, or try “invisible” lipliner, which deposits a clear, waxy film to stop color from bleeding. Bonus: Because sheer colors are subtler, you almost can’t go overboard.
All That Glitter Is NOT Gold!
Everyone loves a nice, dewy glow, but there’s a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin.
Let’s Talk About The Eyeshadows!
For longer-lasting shadow, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and smooth on an eye primer instead. It will minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer. For the ultimate in all-day wearability, layer a powder over a cream. Doubling up works for liner, too. Apply your regular pencil or cream liner, then use a small angled brush to press dark shadow over the liner to set it for longer wear.
Embrace The Colors!
Just as you’re probably more likely to wear a vivid top or carry a bright bag this season, now’s the perfect time to play up your makeup palette. Besides looking summery, “livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin. If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A punchy blush on the apples of the cheeks is a good place to start, you can follow our blush guide to find your perfect shade.
Say NO To Powder Blush!
Blush adds balance and healthiness to any look, but if you’re still using the same powdery formula, your flush might be getting cake-y faster than it takes to get to work in the morning. Use a gel or blush stain, then blend a touch of a cream blush on top of it.” Want to increase its wear? Dust a light, invisible setting powder overtop. Just be sure not to get too heavy-handed; you want to lock your look, not mattify it.
Go Light On Matte!
Toss your heavy matte lipsticks for the summer and try the season’s simplest trend: stains. These long-lasting formulas offer sheer coverage that can be built up, making them super versatile. Stains are lovely because you can always add a lip balm to add moisture without worrying about the color traveling. Try sweet pink or peach shades for a traditional summery look, or go bold with tangerine and grape colors for something more daring.
Mini Version Makeup Is A Life Saver!
Never look oily in a photo again by staying prepared with purse-size products that are so perfect for travel. Carrying blotting papers is a great way to whisk away the sweat and oil without piling on more product.
You don’t have to look oily in summer if you play with the products smartly. Know your skin, find what work best for you, personalize your skin care and makeup regime, and get ready to enjoy summer in its full glory!