Summer is full of wonderful things — but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. We have some best tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you.
1. Start with the proper base
The way you care for your skin is just as important as the makeup you apply to it. Use an oil-free moisturizer in the morning and opt for an oil-free foundation formula to match. 2. Invest in a primer
You won't regret the few seconds it takes to apply a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Primers are definitely the way to go in summer they don't feel heavy at all or an additional layer, and they really help hold makeup in place.
3. Keep things light
If you want to keep your makeup from creasing and caking- Less is more. If you can, just use a tinted moisturizer and a concealer where you need it. Makeup likes to move around when it's hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it.
4. Go sheer
Rich, deep colors have their place, but they can look heavy in summer. To lighten up your look, switch to sheer versions of your go-to lip and eye colors. Use a lipliner pre-application if you need extra definition, but go for a nude shade to keep that carefree feeling, or try "invisible" lipliner, which deposits a clear, waxy film to stop color from bleeding. Bonus: Because sheer colors are subtler, you almost can't go overboard.
5. Ditch the powder blush
Blush adds balance and healthiness to any look, but if you're still using the same powdery formula, your flush might be getting cake-y faster than it takes to get to work in the morning. Stains are great for longevity in hot weather. Want to increase its wear? Dust a light, invisible setting powder overtop. Just be sure not to get too heavy-handed; you want to lock your look, not mattify it.
6. Play with vibrant colors
Just as you're probably more likely to wear a vivid top or carry a bright bag this season, now's the perfect time to play up your makeup palette. Besides looking summery, livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin. If you tend to stick with neutrals, experiment with just one area of your face. A punchy blush on the apples of the cheeks is a good place to start — you can.