It’s summertime, it’s miserable outside and you’re active. Every woman knows that leads to makeup melt. You covered up that blemish and added a perfect amount of blush to the apples of your cheeks, but the moment you stepped out into the sweltering heat, you felt like all your hard work was just running down your face. Now, you’re just hoping that your sweaty cheeks didn’t cause your mascara to run all over. I can’t promise you that the following products and tricks will work everytime or survive a workout in 100 degree weather but I can promise you that these are no fail products and tricks to get through the heat.
Face. Start with a foundation primer and moisturizer. It will give your skin a nice, smooth finish so your foundation will go on flawlessly. More important right now, though, it gives your foundation a bit of “stick” — it’s designed to outlast heat and a bit of sweat. I’ve had good luck with NARs foundation Primer, but for acne-prone skin, your best bet is probably Clear Prep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Acne Treatment, it is designed to give you that smooth finish while treating blemishes. I am also a big fan of tinted moisturizers in the summer and for workouts. I especially like Laura Mercier Illuminating Formula and Two Faced just came out with a new one that I am fond of.
Cheeks. If you sweat, a powder can look cakey and streaky. I am a long time fan of Benetint, which is a water-based gel that looks natural and has major staying power (especially when worn over the foundation primer).
Eyes. If you want to wear liner, your best bet is to go with a liquid. I don’t like wearing anything actually labeled “waterproof” around my eyes. I hate trying to scrub it off and have the little flakes everywhere. If you’re wearing eyeshadow, once again, find a primer. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, is a cult favorite but I prefer the classic Touch Base by Clinique. By using a primeryou avoid the caked-up line of shadow that always forms once your face gets a little greasy. Since there are about a million mascaras it’s hard to choose between them. If you stay away from waterproof mascaras, you might want to give Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara. It goes on well, stays in place and layers nicely. If you want a waterproof option I would recommend Dior Show Waterproof Mascara.
Lips. I swear by CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor and Revlon All Day Colors (and, for under $10 a pop, it’s worth trying out lots of colors). When it’s hot outside and you’re constantly fighting dehydration, though, I say go with something that’s pretty and hydrating, even if you have to keep applying. Too Faced Beauty Balm Seductive Lip Balm, $11, is full of essential oils to keep your pucker plump and juicy. I also like to use the Benetint lip stain to give myself a bit of color without going over the top.
So you might be thinking what is with all the finishing sprays I am seeing at Sephora? Well here’s the scoop. They are like hairspray for your face. They claim to waterproof and set your makeup. Do they work? I have not had enough experience with Urban Decays line to give a review but I can tell you thanks to my fellow artist friend Nancy, I am in love with Model in a Bottle. It is a primer that does what it says. It keeps your makeup on through the toughest heat and even tears! I have had brides melting in the heat and their makeup has not moved! This product also comes in a sensitive skin formula for even the touchiest skin types. It feels weightless and although I don’t love the fragrance, many of my clients love it!
Hopefully these tips will help you and your makeup survive the coming weeks and if you have products and tips of your own please feel free to share them with us!