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Makeup Tips: Beat the Summer Makeup Meltdown

By (view all posts by jmediodia)
at 11:58AM Wednesday June 15, 2011
under Shop Smarter

Everyone wants to look their best in the summer, but one problem us ladies can have is the heat melting away our makeup. A little switching up in your makeup routine for the hot weather will help keep your face looking cool and avoid a meltdown.

Here are some products and tips for giving your makeup some staying power:

Start With a Primer: About 50% of time I forget to apply a primer before putting my makeup on, but it is a must during the summer. For me it's the key to making your foundation or powder last longer and help keep it from smudging in hot weather. You just apply about a pea-size of it to clean, moisturized skin. There are a lot of good primers that cost around $20-$40, but Rimmel's Fix & Perfect is a good budget-friendly one.

Use Less/Lighter Makeup: Try to stay away from using heavy foundation.  Just dab on some concealer where you need it, then go over your entire face with a powder. If you need a little bit more coverage, use a tinted moisturizer underneath. My favorite is Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer. It covers like a foundation and contains SPF 30. I set it with a mineral powder and it lasts all day. When applying eye shadows, go for more neutral-toned shades. Darker shades are more visible when they start to settle in the creases of your eyelids.

Waterproof It: Waterproof eye makeup is pretty much a given, especially if you're going to be swimming, and lasts through sweat and humidity.

Use Creams: Powders cake and fade when mixed with water (sweat). Cream eye shadows tend to cake less in hot weather and same goes with cream blushes. They're sheer and give your skin a little glow. Benefit's Creaseless Cream Shadows are smudge-proof, crease-proof and stay all day.

Powder Your Lips: Lightly brushing your lips with a loose powder helps make your lipstick last longer and keep it in place. Don't use too much powder as it can dry out your lips.

Final Touch: The final step to your makeup routine:  a makeup setting spray. The light mist helps resist moisture and holds your makeup in place. My favorite is Skindanavia's Makeup Finish Spray. It keeps my oily skin under control and I never have to retouch my makeup. It's a bit pricey, but it doesn't make your skin dry or feel tight like some of the other cheaper ones.

Do you have any other tips for melt-proofing your makeup?