Written by Kimberly in: Makeup6 Jul 2011
It’s officially summertime, hooray! Time for fun in the sun! There’s just one problem… how do you keep your freshly applied Summer makeup from melting off your face when the sun is shining bright? Also, how do you keep your makeup looking good when you’re all sweaty?
I get asked questions about Summer beauty tips a lot this time of year. No doubt it can be frustrating, but there is hope! I just so happen to have some suggestions that will make a big difference.
First of all, let me say that less is best when it comes to Summer makeup! When it’s hot and/or sticky outside, you want to put on as little makeup as possible. Avoid heavy foundations and concealers all together; the heavier and thicker the foundation, the more it will cake and separate in the heat. You’ll also sweat more since you’re skin won’t be able to breath as well. My suggestion is to either go without foundation and spot cover with a light weight, waterproof concealer (my favorite is Lancome’s Effacernes) or use a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation.
Also, and probably most importantly, stay away from powders! Powder makeup is not your friend in the heat and humidity! It won’t stick on your face, it gets cakey when you perspire, and looks all blotchy and uneven. If you’re oily and need to absorb excess oil, then try oil blotting sheets (Shisiedo’s are awesome) to actually remove the extra oil from your face instead of adding powder to a sweaty, oily face.
Here are a few other suggestions I have to keep your makeup looking fresh in the summer heat:
You already know how much I adore cream blush, and it is perfect for Summer weather! It will stay on all day and not cake or streak when you and the temperature heat up. There are also tons of cream eye shadows out there! A crease-less cream eye shadow is the perfect solution for fading and/or creasing. You can layer most formulas, but I would go with no more then two shades, one light highlighter for the brow and one mid tone for the crease and lid. Or keep it super simple with one light, neutral all over shade with an eyeliner and mascara and call it good.
Cheek and lip stains are a great alternative to using creams and powders. They can seem a bit intimidating at first, I know, but trust me when I say they are very user friendly and usually apply very sheer so you can build up the color to what’s comfortable for you. They’re also perfect for the beach since most of them are water resistant!
As you know, there are many cosmetic companies out there that make a multitude of products that are waterproof ranging everywhere from cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara to even lipstick and foundation. The most common, and one I think every woman should have for Summer, is a waterproof mascara. I know it can be tricky to remove, but a good eye makeup remover will take care of that. I also find a good waterproof eyeliner can also come in handy. Whether I’m headed to the beach or pool, or it’s just a super hot day, it’s nice to have an eyeliner that will stay in place all day.
Tip To avoid unwanted eye makeup smudging under your eyes, apply eyeliner and mascara to only the upper lid. You can have some fun by playing up a little winged eyeliner for a bit of a classic, retro look. Not putting anything on the bottom lashes will eliminate the possibility of it smudging and smearing in the heat!
To me, the Summertime look is as natural as possible. Of course you still want to play up your best features, but let your skin breathe! Show off your freckles… they’re adorable! Keep the eye makeup minimal and go for a bold, bright lip. It should look and feel as care free as possible.
So remember my darlings, keep things simple, stay away from powders and maybe look into getting a few key waterproof items. Following these few suggestions will keep you looking flawless, fresh and fabulous all Summer long!
Don’t you just hate it when you feel like you’re looking super fabulous only to look in the mirror to discover that your makeup is almost completely gone? Melted, faded, creased and smudged beyond recognition? You get that sinking feeling in your stomach when you realize you have no idea how long you’ve been walking around in public looking like that? Arrgghh! It’s so frustrating!!
Well, let me tell you ladies that there is absolutely no reason for that to happen to you ever again! I’m here today to share with you my best makeup artist’s secrets to long lasting makeup. Here are my top three, so listen up!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, use makeup primer! It’s truly the one single product that will make the most difference on how your makeup wears! After using it just one time, you’ll be a believer, I promise. My two absolute must have primers are a foundation primer and an eyeshadow primer, or base. (Lip primer is great, but honestly I find I can get the same results using a lipliner.) The foundation primer will help keep you foundation (and cheek color!) looking fresh all day and also prevent it from settling into those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. Check out Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer, it’s my all time fave and it’s a-mazing! An eyeshadow base will keep your eyeshadow on and in place all day and prevent smudging and creasing. I really like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It’s weightless and has a little tint of color to help even out your lid as well as helping your eyeshadow to stay on forever.
OK, if primer’s just not your bag (you really should try it!) or you just really want your makeup to stay put, then you could try a water proof makeup. There are actually quite a few companies that make waterproof makeup products. Shisiedo has phenomenal cream eyeshadows and mascaras that are waterproof; Make Up Forever, Sephora Brand makeup, and Christian Dior are some other great companies that offer waterproof products as well… everything from eyeliner and mascara to lipliner. Check them out! Try them on! You may be pleasantly surprised.
This can another way to help you makeup last. I find this work especially well for eyes and lips and cheeks. (Foundation can be tricky because you don’t want it to look too heavy or cakey.) If you have an eyeshadow or blush that just won’t show up, then don’t be afraid to apply it several times to build it to the shade level you want. You can do the same thing for lipstick, or layer a lipliner underneath. The deeper the shade, the longer it should last on your skin.
Tip Remember that the quality of the products really do make a difference. I’m not necessarily talking about how much you pay, (although the higher end cosmetics do tend to have more color pigments and longer wear in my experience) but more in investing in makeup that you know you can wear and that will last on you. It’s better to spend your money on something you know will last then throw it away on products that don’t
Alright my dears, there are my top three beauty secrets to long lasting makeup. Use them wisely! I know this is a frustrating topic, but trust me, you this is definitely one frustration you no longer need to face.