Easy Steps for Melt-Proof Makeup This Summer

Warmer months are upon us, and with them comes steamy temperatures, sweaty skin, and makeup that is harder to manage. Fear not, though, for we’ve got you covered: Read on to find out some of the best tips for making sure your makeup stays intact when the temperature rises.

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Preparation is key on a hot, sunny day – and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than when beginning your makeup. Begin your routine with primer: It will help smooth texture and boost coverage, and products will wear better and last longer. To choose a primer, first determine if your skin type is oily, dry, or a combination. Once you’ve selected a primer that matches your skin, dab on a pea-sized dot onto already-moisturized skin and apply it evenly before moving on to your concealer and foundation. For especially warm days, a lightweight, silicone-based primer will be highly effective in keeping you feeling fresh and keeping your makeup intact.

Next up, foundation. Though there’s often a lot to cover, foundation can be a tricky beast in the heat, so try and approach it lightly and remember that the more you put on, the more there is to (potentially) come off. To begin, dampen a makeup sponge with warm water to ensure distribution is even and light. Wet the sponge slightly with a few drops of the foundation, and then swipe from the middle of the face outward in short, smooth motions. Wait a few minutes before applying other makeup to give the foundation some time to set. Alternately, you can choose to apply the foundation with your hands to warm it up and get it ready for the summer sun, but take care to spread it evenly and smoothly.

Despite all of the preparations and going light with makeup, it’s to be expected that some will come a little loose. But have no fear. To prevent re-powdering throughout the day, simply keep oil-blotting sheets on hand. When you feel your face begin to get oily, press the sheets lightly down over your face.

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If eyes are the windows to the soul, then you certainly don’t want them to be messy. Start by preparing your eyelids with primer, which will create a barrier between the oils on your lids and your eyeshadow. Proper priming will also allow the color to adhere properly and keep your eyeshadow from sliding,

Make your mascara last by choosing wisely: Go for waterproof varieties that help you avoid raccoon eyes and even let you take a dip in the pool. If you find that the heat irritates your eyes and mascara, then sweep a base color over your top lashes, cover with clear and use only clear on your bottom lashes. If you’re curious to see how your mascara will hold up in the heat, try it in a hot shower. Another method to ensuring sure your lashes have staying power is to heat up a lash curler – make sure you don’t make it too hot, though.

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For a lighter, more natural look, use a lip stain rather than a lipgloss or lipstick. This will stick better and — bonus – also tend to look more natural, providing you with just enough plump and shine for a lasting look. If you’re a lipstick purist and simply aren’t interested in a lip stain, then try applying foundation to your lips before putting on lipstick. It will help extend the life of your lipstick by creating an equal base.

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