Trying to keep makeup from melting off your face during the long hot days of summer can be frustrating.
Here are some makeup tips and tricks to help you — and your face — stay cool.
You’re hot stuff
How can you keep your makeup from melting and smearing on hot days?
One solution is going with a long-wearing matte foundation and powder, but that tends to feel heavy (and practically screams, “I’m wearing makeup”). A sheer light foundation or BB cream could work, but they often won’t make it through lunch, especially when the combination of heat and humidity hits.
Fortunately, there is a way to achieve fresh-faced results in summer weather. The Paula’s Choice Research Team has some innovative new makeup techniques and inexpensive product recommendations — all tested for the most sweltering months of the year.
Step 1: Setting for success
Makeup primers are one option for keeping makeup in place, but adding another layer isn’t the best idea if skin is going to feel sticky and damp.
Our suggestion: Skip the primer and reach for a mineral-based (titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide) sunscreen formulated for oily to combination skin. Many mineral-based sunscreens have a naturally dry, powdery finish that keeps makeup in place, while protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
It’s best to avoid wearing a super-matte or full-coverage makeup on sunny, hot summer days. It can feel uncomfortable and look overly made up, especially in the bright summer sun. Instead, opt for a sheer foundation and use a fine-tip brush to target blotchy spots with a long-wearing concealer. Be sure to set the concealer with a loose powder for all-day wear.
Hot, humid days often make a mess of eye makeup, but layering a water resistant cream-to-powder shadow under a matte powder shadow will provide a truly melt-proof result. Even as the temperatures rise, this duo will not budge once applied.
Problem: Standard lipsticks or lip-glosses always work in any weather, but a smile can look better all day with the long-wearing — yet light — lip products from Stila or Kat Von D. These withstand heat, humidity, drinking, and in most cases, even eating.