Yay! Summer’s here. You’ll know what that means right? Pool parties, brunches by the beach, vacations, and much more fun. While summer is arguably the best time of the year, keeping your makeup prim n proper while out and about is not a child’s play. Moreover, deep down, we all know that wearing makeup in warmer seasons like summer is not ideal. The unpredictability of the weather, humidity, hot breeze and ugggh sweat, can all lead to greasy, running makeup that feels like a waste of valuable products and time too.
Additionally, residing in India and experiencing the heat like we do is not fabulous at all. Dry or humid, the heat just wears you down. Even the driest skin can feel oily and it’s hard not to put into words how you feel.
But just because summers’ being difficult, it doesn’t mean your makeup has to suffer. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure your beauty masterpiece stays put. We mean summer-proofing your makeup, which has never been simpler, owing to the amazing makeup products available and easy tips you need to follow.
1. Always start with a clean base
Be it summer or not, when starting your makeup application, always begin with a clean face. Use your beloved face cleanser and splash some cold water to get rid of all the excess oil and to refresh your skin. This step is non-avoidable btw! Once done, pat your face dry and then apply some hydrating, lightweight moisturizer to prep your skin well.
2. Opt for mattifying primer for no shine
If you plan on heading out and wearing foundation, we suggest using a mattifying primer before application, even if you’re not prone to greasy skin. Applying such a base will combat any shine and create a smooth canvas to help makeup stay on longer. Think of it as glue that keeps your makeup in place!
3. Give your concealer a chance
We know it’s difficult to stay away from foundation, especially when you’re looking to go full on glam. But we all know that using a heavy face foundation in a humid climate makes you appear pasty. Hence, a great substitute is long-lasting, full coverage concealer that can be applied over areas that need covering up. If you need additional coverage, layer a light tinted moisturizer and setting powder.
4. If foundation is bae...
If you still however want to go ahead with foundation, we suggest you opt for a lightweight, waterproof formula that is super long-lasting. There are many sweatproof foundations out there to choose from. But no matter which foundation you see, you must “set” it with a powder to keep it from melting off. Try opting for a mattifying compact that gives you a smooth matte finish that doesn’t look too ‘done’ whilst also absorbing surface shine and oil.
5. Say yes to cream blush
We know that you love em’ powder blushes but sometimes, it’s good to try out new things. Enter – cream blushes that makes for the ideal pick especially when you’re looking to glam up during summers. We say this because unlike powder blushes, a cream blush doesn’t just sit on your skin but settles onto it evenly. Moreover, it won’t melt away, thus saving you from that embarrassing rundown on your face.
However, if you still want to add some edge using a powder blush, then you can do so by dabbing some of it over your existing cream blush, as it will help set it up in place for longer.
6. Smudge-proof mascara & eyeliner FTW!
We don’t know about you, but we never leave the house without some mascara over our eyelashes. And if you too find yourself looking to amp up em’ lashes, trust in a long-lasting smudge proof mascara. That’s not all, ensure your eyeliner too is long-lasting, smudgeproof and waterproof, in case you happen to shed a few tears or feel the heat, you surely don’t want black tears running down your cheeks.
7. Make it last
Given that you’ve spent so much time and effort in putting together your masterpiece, it would be a crime to have you not set it up. Yes! We’re talking about setting spray. This product has become an essential part of every makeup bag and more so during summers. So, grab a setting mist that offers to seal your makeup in place all day while also boasting of other benefits like sun protection, calms & soothes skin as well as is ultra-lightweight and non-sticky.
8. Lip It up
Of course we won’t forget those lips! Our lips are the most neglected in any summer care routine and they need SPF love and nourishment just like any other body part. So before you carry on wearing your fave lipstick shade, always apply some lip balm to keep it hydrated and moisturized. Post that, you can carry on using your lip primer for a long-lasting wear. And since the gloss trend is making a comeback, why not amp up your summer makeup look with glossy lips!