Summertime is for enjoying light, breezy clothes, vibrant colors, and a sun-kissed glow — not for sweaty faces and caked makeup. Here are a few simple ways to tone down that shine and keep your makeup looking stellar through summer’s hottest days.
Swap your foundation for a tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers keep skin hydrated in the sun and wind and are lighter and cooler than foundation. Better yet, many are available with SPF protection to ward off premature aging.
Instead of depending on powder to keep down shine, invest in blotting papers. Adding powder all day can make your face look too made-up, and too much powder can lead to cracking.
Thick lipsticks that look great in fall and winter are often too intense with light, summery fashions. Switch to a tinted lip balm, which allows your lips to breath in the summer heat and prevents chapping in the sun and wind.
Waterproof mascara is the makeup professional’s secret weapon when models and actresses are sweating outdoors but need to stay photo-ready. Waterproof mascara is also great for the pool when you can’t wear makeup but want a little extra perk for your look.
If you apply your makeup on straight out of the shower, it’s more likely to run and smear because of the moisture still lingering on your face. Allow an extra few minutes between the shower and applying makeup so your skin can fully cool and dry.
Bronzer is a great way to add a summer glow, but too much is an overkill. Experts recommend gently dabbing bronzer on only the highest points of your facial features, such as across the top of your forehead and on the tops of your cheeks, where the sun would naturally leave a little color.
If you do like a fully made face in summer, apply a primer after your moisturizer and before applying your foundation. The primer helps to set makeup in place so it will stay all day long.
The best way to keep your skin looking great any time is to stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to all kinds of skin problems, including splotches, patchy skin, premature wrinkles, cracked and chapped lips, and dark circles under your eyes. Summer is no time to skimp on the good health and hygiene habits that keep you looking great all year long.