Makeup Ideas for Summer

Posted in beauty, great tips!, useful info by tokyostargirl on June 28, 2010

11 Meltproof Makeup Ideas for Summer


1. Take Time to Prime.

The key to long-lasting foundation and color is the most commonly skipped step: primer. Seriously—the stuff works. All you need is a pea-size dot of a lightweight, oil-free formula; apply it to moisturized skin before your concealer and foundation. We like L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Primers (they have three oil-free formulas for different skin types).

2. Be Dense.

Blemishes and blotchy skin don’t vanish in the hot weather, but the wrong concealer definitely can. What you want is a densely pigmented (but not liquidy) cream formula. Our pick: DuWop’s Circle Block. Use your ring finger to dab the concealer on dark circles; apply to red spots with a small brush, and then pat with your finger to blend the cover-up into the skin.

3. Switch to Silicone.

Wear a full face of foundation and you’re asking for trouble. Still, we get it—sometimes you want the coverage. The solution? A lightweight silicone-based formula. The silicone acts as a film between your skin and the humidity, preventing foundation from seeping into your pores or dribbling down your chin. We like Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and CoverGirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup.

4. Lighten Up.

Think of foundation this way: The less you put on, the less there is to slide off. A dampened makeup sponge is the ideal tool for applying it so that it goes on light and sheer. Put a few drops on a damp foam-latex sponge, and swipe it from the middle of your face outward in short strokes. Give it a minute or so to set before you apply other makeup.

5. Choose Creamy Shadows.

When sweat and powders mix, the result isn’t pretty. Sheer cream shadows tend to cake less in hot weather (plus, they glisten in the sun). Laura Mercier’s Satinée Crème Eye Color contains silicone that locks the color in place, and Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows stand the test of time without smudging.

6. Look to Liquid.

Liquid liner may take patience and practice, but once on, a good formula won’t budge or smudge in the heat like a kohl pencil can. We like Shiseido The Makeup Fine Eyeliner and L’Oréal Paris Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner.

7. Sweatproof Your Lashes.

Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer in the summer. It can withstand the office, the gym, the pool, and the bar without smudging. But some can fade to gray in a few hours. Our favorite inky sheens: Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Waterproof Mascara and Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara.

8. Flush With Greatness.

As with powder shadow, powder blush and perspiration don’t mix. Instead, rub a bright pink or coral cream or gel blush on the apples of your cheeks, and blend. We like Stila Convertible Color in Fuschia and Gerbera and Nars The Multiple Stick in Turks and Caicos and Beverly Hills.

9. Tint Your Lips.

Lip gloss just looks right come summer: It’s fun. It’s easy…. But it can also get runny and sticky in the sun. A tinted lip balm with a high wax content won’t turn to mush in your bag or on your mouth. We like Aveda Lip Tints SPF 15. Other good options are sheer lipsticks and stains, such as Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté Gloss Sticks and mark Kissink Lip Tintmarker.

10. Stop Shine.

To reduce shine and set your makeup, take a large fluffy brush (we like Sephora Professionnel Platinum Powder Blush #50), and dust a translucent loose powder across your T-zone. Because it’s colorless, there’s less of a chance it will cause problems in the heat, but use a light hand to be sure. We like Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish High Definition Powder; because it’s talc-free, it mattifies without feeling dry.

11. Blot It Out.

Instead of repowdering throughout the day—extra layers can cause cakey product buildup in warm weather—keep plasticky oil-blotting sheets at your desk and in your purse. Dabbed over your face, they soak up excess oil without messing up your makeup. We love Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets.

I saw these tips and thought it would be great to pass along – we all know we don’t want our makeup to melt off our faces this summer! Thank you, Allure!

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