As summer rolls around, looking fresh and put-together can be difficult in the bright sun and harsh heat. Humidity and high temperatures naturally cause perspiration, and makeup melting down your face can create dirt and oil buildup under your skin. Taking the right steps is essential to keeping your skin clear and your makeup in place all day. With the right products and correct application, you’ll be combatting cake face and raccoon eyes with relative ease.
Tips for an all-day fresh face
Use an oil-free facial sunscreen.
A good quality, reliable sunscreen is must-have if you’re going to be exposing your skin to the sun’s harsh rays. Sunscreen specifically designed for the face is recommended because a non-greasy formula will help prevent looking shiny and oily throughout the day while still providing plenty of protection.
Avoid heavy moisturizer and foundation.
Using foundations and moisturizers with overly thick consistencies can cause your makeup to slide right off your face as soon as the heat hits. Go for a light, mattifying moisturizer and let it soak into your skin for about ten minutes before applying anything else. If you just need a bit of light coverage, opt for a B.B. cream or a tinted moisturizer instead of your normal foundation. If you’re prone to acne, use a long-lasting concealer only where needed, like on breakouts or red areas, and keep the rest of your face as light as possible with a long-lasting, non-comedogenic foundation.
Try a primer.
If you’re not familiar with primers, they are made to help your makeup stay put longer - almost as if it’s adhering to your face. This is especially helpful in the summer months. Make sure to apply it after your moisturizer, but before your foundation. A good eye primer is very helpful as well if you’re going to be wearing eye shadow or liner, as it prevents creasing and running in any weather.
Keep it in thin layers.
As soon as you start applying too much product, your face is going to begin looking cakey. Be sure to blend each layer of product very well into your skin before applying the next, and keep the layers thin and uniform. You want the makeup to look like your real skin, so making sure that each product is evenly and thinly applied is the key to long lasting results. Less is more!
Runny mascara can be detrimental to an otherwise polished look. Using a waterproof or water-resistant mascara is absolutely necessary in a hot and humid climate to keep your eyes smudge-free.
Carry blotting paper in your purse.
Bringing along a few sheets of blotting paper is a wonderful remedy for oily skin; they absorb excess oil without removing your makeup along with them. Adding layers upon layers of powder throughout the day will undoubtedly cause you to look unnatural, so skip the powder re-application and try blotting instead.
Drinking plenty of water is extremely important all year round, but the risk of heat stroke and dehydration is why you should always bring a water bottle everywhere you go in the warmer months. Keeping your body cool from the inside out can be especially helpful in preventing excess perspiration, so sweating off your makeup will be the least of your worries.