While most of us know how to apply makeup during cooler weather, summertime can be plenty tricky, especially when it comes to keeping makeup to stay put on our faces. Avoid streaking and smudging this time of year by upgrading your makeup bag to include water- and heat-proof products. Here are 10 melt-proof summer beauty products that will actually give your makeup a fighting chance to withstand the heat.
I'm going to let you in on a secret: The key to long-lasting, flawless makeup isn't about foundation or cover-up but rather a miraculous primer. And the best part is, you only need to apply a pea-sized amount of this goodness before layering on the rest of your face. For summer, try Per-fekt Beauty Skin Perfection in Translucent ($57.50) an oil-free, colorless gel that glides on effortlessly, instantly improving your skin's overall look and makeup resistance.
The more you put on, the more that's at risk of coming off. That being said, it's best to stay away from heavy layers of makeup. When it's hot out, you will want to keep it as light as possible. Think healthy-glowing skin that never looks caked on. Try a BB cream which provides the benefit of skincare all while giving your skin airy and luminous coverage. Diorskin Nude BB Creme ($44) is enhanced with mineralized floral water and a blend of antioxidants to give your skin that dewy finish we all crave come summer.
Once you've got your luminous coverage underway, you might choose to follow up with powder. Just make sure to keep it strictly on your T-zone to maintain that dewy look. Lightly dust some translucent powder on the areas that tend to get oily, including your forehead, nose, upper lip and chin. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($35) is an extremely lightweight, silky sheer setting powder that truly delivers when it comes to getting that flawless finish.
Avoid that dreaded overdone look by opting for a multipurpose product that you can dab on here and there for a quick put-together look. Multi-purpose products will also help downsize your makeup application time. Try Benefit Cosmetics Fine One One ($30), an ultra-sheer brightening cheek and lip color that is great for touch-ups throughout the day.
No matter how minimal your makeup application is, chances of shine are highly probable come summertime. To avoid the glistening effect (not the one we like), use an oil blotter. If you have particularly oily skin, try Nyx Cosmetics Blemish Control Blotting Paper in Green Tea ($5.99) which fights shine and humidity and comes in a very convenient, easy-to-use package.
Layer Your Lips
While you don't want to layer your makeup in the summer, the exact opposite is true when it comes to your lips. To get your lip color to last, as it tends to slide off in the scorching heat, first apply a stain which acts as a primer to the lipstick, gloss or balm you want. Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Enchanted ($24) is a pretty rose hue that acts as a great base and looks flattering on almost every skin tone.
Nothing says overdone like heavy eye makeup come summer. On the other hand, golden eyes cast an ethereal glow that looks particularly enchanting this time of year. For a wearable summer-proof version of this metallic hue, apply loose powder around the edges of your eyes to keep your shadow from bleeding. We are currently loving Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Gold Rush ($6.99), a long-lasting shimmery metallic shade that promises to enhance your peepers.
Waterproof mascara is a beauty must this time of year. It will take you from the gym to work and even to drinks without ever smudging. Our favorite new wand comes courtesy of M.A.C False Lashes Waterproof Mascara ($20), a volumizing formula that features twelve hours of water- and humidity-proof wear. As for the actual look of your lashes, the name says it all.
If you've been eyeing a pretty new cream blush but have yet to commit, now is the perfect time to try it out as hot weather and powdered formulas can make for a disastrous combination. Cream blushes not only wake up your skin because of their luminous formulas, they also tend to hold longer than their powdered counterparts. Look for a color that will make your cheeks pop in a subtle manner like Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude ($26), a warm coral pink shade that favors pretty much every complexion.
Revitalize both your skin and makeup throughout the day by spritzing on a beauty elixir. There is a reason why Caudalie's Beauty Elixir ($18) has amassed quite a cult following over the years. This part toner, part serum mist will provide your skin with an instant burst of radiance, that is particularly welcome on those heat fueled days.