During the summer, there are many elements working against us having clean, fresh looking makeup every day. These are some makeup tips to make sure you’re protected from the sun and that you look good all season long!
1. Wearing foundation is nearly impossible, because the summer heat and humidity is just going to make it, basically, melt off. Unless you have a compact foundation (a compressed powder) that is easy to re-apply, you might as well just ditch the foundation completely, because it will usually just leave your face looking discolored and blotchy by the end of the day. A better alternative would be tinted lotions, such as BB cream, that come in a variety of different shades. These products not only provide light coverage for an uneven skin tone, they also keep your skin moisturized, protected from the sun with their SPF, and they gradually even out your complexion too.
2. Avoid dark eyeshadow as much as you possibly can. When you’re out in the humid, damp air, or sweating in the heat, this moisture sticks to your skin, and when it sticks to your eyelids, the eyeshadow soaks up that moisture. After a few hours, it will all eventually accumulate to the crease of your eyelid, creating that gross-looking line of product, and leaving none anywhere else on the lid. By using lighter, neutral colors, this won’t be as noticeable. It’s best to try to wear your eyeshadow only on your eyelid, and try to avoid the crease and on your brow bone when you’re going to be outdoors.
3. Pencil eyeliners tend to smudge very often, especially in humidity. An alternative for the summer time is liquid eyeliner, which comes in waterproof as well for long-lasting wear. There are many different types of liquid eyeliner to choose from so you can surely find one that is easy for you to use and suits your needs best. There are also cream eyeliners, which work not as well as liquid but much better than pencil, that you simply apply with a thin, angled brush. You can find these products at any CVS or Walmart, if you’re not okay with spending more than $20 on an eyeliner. Some of their products work surprisingly well, so I would recommend going the cheap route.
Make sure you don’t apply your eyeliner too thick, especially on the bottom lid. The same rules apply to eyeliner as they do to eyeshadow. If you keep it thin, it’ll stay where it’s supposed to instead of spreading up onto your brow bone or running down your bottom lids.
4. Speaking of waterproof eyeliner, purchasing a waterproof mascara is a smart choice too. I don’t always use waterproof mascara, but I always have one on back-up in case I need it. This will be the one product you are guaranteed not to sweat off. Also, it’s great for the beach because it will stay on very well even after you go for a swim, keeping you looking beautiful all day!
5. One thing we all tend to forget is that our lips can get sunburned too. Skip the lipsticks and go for a lip balm with an SPF to keep your lips healthy and protected when you’re out enjoying the sun. Burt’s Bees has some really great products, and even some that are tinted so that you can protect your lips and add some color at the same time.
6. My last tip would be to purchase a setting spray. These usually tend to be more expensive, because they are usually only found in stores like Sephora and sometimes stores with large makeup counters, like Macy’s. These sprays are good at keeping your makeup in place, but if you avoid some of your usual makeup routines for the season, you won’t really need to buy a setting spray.
I hope that these tips help you avoid many future makeup disasters!