Beat the Heat

As the heat and humidity begin to take over the days of summer, I thought I would share my tips to beat the heat this summer and prevent melting makeup, sliding eyeliner, and supersticky lipstick.  In hot weather, applying your makeup should be as simple and comfy as putting on your favorite sun dress and flip-flops.  But the heat and humidity are a challenge, so you have to make a few little changes to your routine for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you.

Prep your skin with a Primer. You won’t regret the few seconds it will take to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Just like priming a wall or a canvas, your face primer provides a smooth base for your foundation.  Face primers are incredibly light — they don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer — and they really help hold makeup in place.  My recommendation for your summer primer  is– Prep and Prime Skin.

Keep it light.  Just as you switch your wardrobe from sweaters and jeans to summer dresses, swap out your heavy foundation for a light tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers provide a sheer formula that looks and feels lighter on the skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days.  My recommendation – Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15.

Feeling a little too exposed?  Sometimes a tinted moisturizer does not provide you with the coverage you want… in that case, I recommend brushing powder foundation over the tinted moisturizer in spots where you need a little extra coverage — say, on blemishes or areas of redness around your nose/mouth.

Believable bronzer.  Bronzer can make or break your summer look.  The trick is to make your bronzer look “believable”.  The last thing you want is the orange face syndrome or the “chin strap” shade difference from face to neck.  To keep your skin looking fresh and natural, apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, orange, Snooki look.)

Another essential for keeping your bronzer believable; apply with a powder brush with long, loose, fluffy bristles.  Most people think they need to use a kabuki brush for their bronzer, but in fact the opposite is true.  Using a stiff bristled, densely packed brush will deposit too much color in one spot. My bronzer brush is the same as my powder brush- the MAC 129.

Stop shine.   As the heat rises your face will start to show it.  An oily T-zone is the first sign you are stating to burn up.  To eliminate unsightly shine in seconds, nothing beats blotting papers. They’re cheap, easy, and convenient – you just press and go! I never leave the house without my blot film. If you need to perk up your makeup too, blot first, then follow up with a light dusting of pressed powder on your T zone.

Switch to gloss.  Heavy lip colours often feel like overkill once the weather warms up.  I prefer to use a simple lip tone gloss or tinted lip balms. They give you a simple, light color, and most even have SPF to protect you from the sun.  Two of my absolute favourites for the summer are –  Cremesheen Glass in “Deelight” , “Japeneese Spring” or “Loud & Lovely” and Tinted Lip Confitioner SPF 15 in “Petting Pink”.

Melt proof your eye makeup.   For longer-lasting eye makeup, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and smooth on an eye primer instead. I use an eye primer everyday!  (Bare Canvas is my fav)  It prevents your eye shadow from creasing, and creates a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer and makes the colour more vibrant.  Once your shadow is set apply your regular eye liner pencil or gel liner.  To prevent it from smudging off in the heat, use a small angled brush and press the same shade (as your liner) shadow over the liner to set it for longer wear.

Waterproof your lashes.  One of my favourite products is waterproof mascara.  I don’t use anything else.  ESPECIALLY in the summer heat or laying by the pool, waterproof mascara is a no brainier.  If you are one of those people who “don’t like” waterproof mascara, you’re crazy,  give it another shot.  Try the Zoom Waterfast Lash for smudge proof super sexy lashes.