Summer is great for the less-makeup factor, but how do you keep it on? The trick is in understanding that head and humidity actually have opposite effects on your skin, your face, and ultimately your makeup.
HEAT: Heat raises your body temperature, warming your skin up and causing oil glands to kick in. The result: you're left with a shiny face. High Heat Makeup Rx:
- Avoid anything oily, like thick foundations, thick lipsticks, & gummy mascara.
- Focus on mattifying and keeping skin oil free.
- Keep makeup on longer by applying a light dusting of loose powder on skin before foundation to keep oil from breaking through. Alternatively, use an oil-absorbing moisturizer.
Boscia Oil-free Moisturizer - Amazon.com
Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer - Amazon.com
HUMIDITY: Humidity does the opposite by activating the sweat glands rather than the oil glands, leaving you with a layer of sweat on your skin and face. Sweat tends to stay on the skin longer and leaves a layer between your skin and your makeup that makes you feel uncomfortable, and makes makeup slide off. High Humidity Makeup Rx:
- Avoid layers of makeup on the skin. The trick is to apply less.
- Instead of applying layer after layer of moisturizer-sunscreen-primer-foundation, mix a drop of your foundation in each & apply only a single layer. Your best best? An all-in-one product that combines primer, foundation & sunscreen.
- Go matte: opt for a foundation with both sunscreen and mattifiers. You'll find that your makeup stays on much longer in the humidity.
Revlon Vital Radiance is a 3-in-1 home-run: primer, tint & SPF 25 - Drugstore.com
If you're dealing with both heat and humidity, do your makeup for humidity. You're skin will breathe easier and feel better. When it comes to the rest of your makeup:
- After applying any powder products like blush or eye shadow, make them stay on much, much longer by misting your face lightly with water.
- Lips only need a quick hit with the lip pencil to define and intensify lip color, with a light lip gloss on top. This combination will way outlast a thick, creamy lipstick.
- Cream, stick & gel blushes are also great because they stick to skin, lasting on top of oil and sweat. Why? The consistency is similar and they grab onto each other. Also, these products have more pigment, which stains the skin, causing color to last longer.
- Elke von Freudenberg, The Beauty Newsletter