Hot weather can wreak havoc on your makeup routine, so summer-proof your look with these simple tips and product recommendations!
1. SPF - Whether it’s summer or not, if you’re headed outside, you’d better slather on that sunscreen honey! Sun exposure is the LEADING cause of premature aging, and we all know that the burned look isn’t cute. Pick a sunscreen that’s oil-free and/or creates specifically for faces… these won’t melt off your face, ruin your makeup, or give you breakouts. Another option is to use a moisturizer with SPF… go for at least 15! Shown: Neutrogena Clear Face Breakout-Free Sunscreen
2. Prime - The heat will do all kinds of yucky things to your skin, but you can camoflauge all of them by using a good primer underneath your makeup. Ones with silicone bases will fill in enlarged pores and fine lines, making your skin look smooth and flawless as well as helping your whole look last longer! Shown: ELF Mineral Face Primer
3. Color - If your skin is looking a little lack-lustre instead of glowing and sunkissed, try a gradual self tanning lotion! Most contain SPF and help moisturize as well as providing a bit of summer color. Self tanning is not only safer than regular tanning, but also means you’ll need less foundation because it evens out your skin tone. Tanning lotions aren’t just for pale girls… they help take ashiness out of darker skin as well! Shown: Jergens Natural Glow Face Lotion
4. Cover - Keep your face makeup as light as possible, because heavy makeup is just plain uncomfortable in hot weather, and will be much more obvious if it starts to melt off. No matter your skin type, go for a matte finish, which will help absorb excess oil and sweat better than dewy foundations. Set your T-zone, or wherever you become oily, with a pressed powder… and prepare yourself to touch up throughout the day, it is inevitable! Shown: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector for Oily Skin
5. Bronze - Faux glow is completely acceptable and will help you look healthier and more awake! Pick a bronzer with a matte finish and apply all along the hairline and in the hollows of your cheeks. Sweep it lightly across your chin and nose to give you the fake-bake look! If you can’t find a bronzer that works on you, get a powder foundation 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone instead! Shown: NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
6. Brighten - Add some color to your complexion and include a bit of shimmer at the same time with a baked blush. These are relatively sheer and won’t overwhelm your face, but will catch light and give you that glowing-from-within type of look. Shown: Hard Candy Baked Blush
7. Tint - Make your lips look perfectly pouty with a sheer tinted balm. These add a bit of shine, a light but bright wash of color, and moisture! Pick one with SPF as well to protect your sensitive lips from the sun. Light lipwear is hot weather friendly and will last longer than a heavy lipstick. Shown: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains
8. Set - Lock your look in place, and refresh your skin throughout the day, with a good setting spray! Misting these on your face before your makeup can work as a primer, and applying after you’ve finished your look will keep it in place all day! Shown: Urban Decay All-Nighter
9. Accentuate - Keep your eyes light, but most importantly keep them waterproof! H20 Proof makeup is your friend in the hot summer months, because even with the slightest hint of sweat, eye makeup is generally the first to slide down your face. Try a longwear eyeshadow in a bronze shade, smudged liner just along the upper lashline, and some volumizing mascara to add drama. Shown: Maybelline Color Tattoos, NYX Slide On Eyeliner Pencil, Covergirl Lashblast 24
The Long Cat-Eye: Dramatic Liquid Liner Look for Small or Mono-Lid Eyes (and anyone else)
This is a very intense black liquid liner look that extends straight out horizontally instead of winging up into the typical cat eye shape.
It’s quite common look among Asian pop stars because it emphasizes and flatters a small or mono-lid eye without having to change its shape unnaturally. Even if you don’t have a mono-lid or hooded eyes, this is a great look for a party or an evening out, and you can either pair it with nude lips and bronzed skin, or go all-out with dark lips as well.
You will need:
- A soft duochrome peachy-gold shadow like MAC Melon or Majolica Majorca BE286 (if you don’t have a duochrome, use a gold)
- A matte brown shadow like Revlon Rich Sable
- A very intense black pencil like Maybelline Master Drama Cream Pencil in Midnight Drama (or a black gel liner)
- A black liquid liner (anything with a fine brush is better for the super-precise edges we want to create here; I used Japanese brand Heroine Make’s Impact Liquid Liner)
DIY - How to make a side scallop braid.