When the sun is blazing, it can be tough to stay fresh-faced. Shiny complexions, smeared eyeliner, and melting lip gloss aren’t the best look. You may be tempted to ditch your make-up bag until the leaves change, but you don’t have go bare-faced until Labor Day! With the right products and these tips, you can look as cool as pool water, all summer long.
1. Keep It Light
When temps soar, a full face of foundation can make you look like a melting wax figure from a horror movie. You wouldn’t wear your mid-winter wool sweater to the pool, so why wear your winter make-up?
Pros say that you should switch out your summer make-up palettes and products when the seasons change. The rule of summer make-up is the lighter the better–this applies both to the amount of coverage, as well as the texture of the products.
Sheer tones evoke the simple ease of summer. Swap out your deep plums and rich reds for nature-inspired hues. You can’t go wrong with flowery pinks or sandy nudes on your cheeks and lips, and lavender on your eyes.
2. Flawless Summer Complexion
Pros say the key to flawless summer skin is a matte BB Cream. The right BB cream will add the perfect amount of coverage, but still let your skin breathe. Many of these products also come with the added bonus of SPF, so you can keep your skin protected, while looking polished.
If you’ve never purchased a BB cream before, check out Vogues’ 2017 list of the 10 Best BB Creams to find one that is the right for you.
3. Buff and Bronze
A touch of warm powder bronzer gives your complexion an instant beachy glow (without the skin damage)! Dust powder bronzer all over your face, just on your cheeks, or on your eyelids for a pop of color. The right bronzer will wake up your face and make you look well-rested.
4. Primers Add Polish
There are certain summer events where you want to take your make-up a notch. If you’re headed to an important event where you need a polished, yet subtle face–such as a job interview or as a wedding guest–then a make-up primer is your go-to secret weapon.
A make-up primer creates the perfect canvas while giving your make-up sweat-proof, staying power. Simply layer a few drops of primer on after moisturizer, then finish the rest of your make-up for an airbrushed effect.
Smashbox’s Photo Finisher Primer gives you flawless skin, even on scorching days.
Stains Are Swim-proof
Long weekends at the pool or ocean demand a waterproof option. Traditional lipstick will wash away with one dip. Meanwhile, gloss will catch stray strands of beach hair, not to mention sand.
If you’re looking for a waterproof way to add color to your beach face, then reach for a lip stain. Colorful lip stains stay in place under the hot summer sun, and can even stand up to bodysurfing sessions!
Revlon’s lip stains come in a rainbow of sheer, summer shades. Best of all, they’re affordable. At just under ten bucks a pop, you can buy several to toss in your beach bags.
6. When in Doubt, Blot
Blotting papers are a make-up lover’s best friend. These purse-sized papers can make the difference between a shiny T-zone and a fresh face in seconds. Pros reach for Sephora Collection’s Mattifying Blotting Films for quick shine reduction on hot days.
7. Wait 10 Minutes
One simple (free!) tip to keep your summer make-up from slipping away is to build in a little extra time to that morning routine. Skin care pros say that waiting ten minutes after you get out the shower can help your skin hold on to make-up much longer.
8. Cool Off in Seconds
If you’re really feeling the heat and don’t want to retouch, just dip a powder puff into cold water and dust over your face. The cool water will retouch, buffing out any melted mess, and treat your overheated skin to a blast of cooling refreshment.
A few key products and a lighter touch with the make-up applicators are all you need to prevent a summer, make-up meltdown. Whether your plans include an outdoor June wedding or an August beachside BBQ, our tips mean that you’ll stay fresh-faced all summer long!
Check out these long lasting make-up tips from beauty vlogger Claire Ashley!