It’s not technically summer, but it sure feels like it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the summertime, but cute makeup and hot weather don’t always mix. Thankfully, I’ve picked up tips along the way that help stop the heat from ruining my beat.
Switch up your skin care.
Just like in the winter, it’s time to change up our skin care products. You should cleanse with a jelly, balm or oil cleanser like Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser before doing your skin care and makeup. This removes dirt, oil, sweat, etc., without stripping. (Stripping increases natural oil production, which equals a big ol’ mess.)
Your skin tends to drink in light formulas faster, so you’ll want light and hydrating moisturizers. Look for words and phrases such as “water cream,” “gel” “gel-cream,” etc., when shopping. Products like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Fragrance-Free Gel-cream will give you supple, hydrated skin without being too heavy.
Sunscreen is a must.
You already know everything I’m going to say. Sunscreen goes last in your skin care routine. Put it on — it could save your life.
Choose lighter textures.
You will never go wrong with a tinted moisturizer on a hot day, and so many brands have great ones. If you’re looking for a little more coverage, I’m going to suggest my all-time favorite, It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ with SPF 50. While it says it’s a CC cream (in my experience, BB and CC creams are just tinted moisturizers with added skin care or color-correcting benefits), it gives coverage like a foundation but still feels light and hydrating.
For lighter coverage or drier skin types, Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation is a super light, oil-serum formula that blends, blurs and gives just enough coverage while also leaving skin dewy but not greasy.
When it comes to cheek color, I would use a cream-to-powder formula that really settles into your skin, such as Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, or a lip and cheek stain like Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Love Lip and Cheek Tint. Both were practically made for hot weather.
Powder is OK.
Powder can make the dewiest skin look dusted, busted and crusted, but hot weather is when a little setting powder is fine in my book. You’re already going to be fighting the humidity and your own sweat, so get a jump start by ensuring your makeup has a good grip. Dust (so lightly) some loose setting powder down on your face before applying foundation or tinted moisturizer, which helps soak up excess oil and gives skin a matte finish, like a shield between your pores and your makeup.
Keep things simple.
During hot weather, the more layers of makeup, the more chance of it melting. You’ll never go wrong with groomed brows, flirty lashes and a juicy lip.
Fill your in brows with something waterproof, such as Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Wiz. False lashes are your best bet since they can’t smudge. If you don’t like them, a waterproof mascara is a must. Even better is Glossier Lash Slick, which doesn’t budge at all until it comes in contact with warm water. Then, swipe on a mess-free lip color. I’ve been loving one-step wonder Glossier Ultralip, which provides the moisture of a lip balm, the shininess of a gloss and the buildable color of a lip tint without requiring me to layer several products.
For drama, set it right.
If you’re going to a wedding or you want to do a dramatic eye or bold lip, just spend a little time on your prep and set. I love a good eye primer, such as Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer, which creates a waxy base to grip onto your eye shadow, liner, glitter, etc. This prevents your natural oil on your eyelids from breaking it up and causing it to run. (It also helps dial up the pigment of your shadow.)
Lip primers, meanwhile, keep lipstick on your lips and prevent bleeding out into your lip line. MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Lip Primer is a favorite for this. Let it set for a few minutes and then follow with a lip liner in a similar color as your lipstick of choice.
If you want to seriously ensure your lip color stays put after lining, apply lipstick and blot with a tissue. Next, place the tissue over your lips. Take an invisible setting powder on a fluffy blush brush and lightly tap the powder onto the tissue. The powder will absorb the excess moisture of the lipstick and keep it in place.
Gia Mazur is an award-winning staff writer and beauty obsessive who joined The Times-Tribune’s Lifestyles department in 2015. She’s a product enthusiast who can’t live without an eyelash curler. A proud Virgo, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk is her go-to. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9127; @gmazurTT