We love summer, but we hate melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick. Here are the top ten tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you.
1. The base is everything.
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, and opt for an oil-free foundation formula to match. Afterwards, use primes. You won’t regret the few seconds it takes to apply a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. They don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer, and they really help hold makeup in place.
2. Bronze believably.
Adding a little bronze warmth to your skin makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter, and everything looks, well, better. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, apply 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; 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.
3. Keep things light.
If you want to keep your makeup from creasing and caking, then 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.
4. Skip the shimmer.
Everyone loves a 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.
5. Don’t forget protection.
Skin protection that is! Apply a thin layer of oil-free sunblock on you face and neck to avoid harmful sun rays and wrinkles.
6. Go sheer.
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” lip liner, which deposits a clear, waxy film to stop color from bleeding. Bonus: Because sheer colors are subtler, you almost can’t go overboard.
7. Ditch the 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 cakey. Stains are great for longevity in hot weather. 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.
8. Play with vibrant 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.
9. Swap out lipsticks for lip stains.
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.
10. Wade into waterproof.
Love to swim? Don’t worry about getting raccoon eyes—there are lots of amazing long-wear beauty products out there these days. Invest in a good waterproof mascara!