The heat over the last week has been unbearable and of course that’s our favorite time to doll up and head out. Our makeup is not always quite as ready for the challenge. All is not lost though! There are plenty of things we can do to help protect our cosmetics from melting off into the sand.
How to Keep Your Makeup From Melting Off in the Heat
Preparing Your Face
The most important part of getting ready to face the heat is to make sure your face is clean and oil free. You’re going to sweat and having oil added in will make your makeup slide right off. Using a toner is key. Make sure you let your face dry completely.
Use your moisturizer and apply a primer. Applying a primer to your face will not only help with the make-up on top, it will also help diffuse imperfections and reduce how much coverage you will need.
Options For Your Skin
No matter which way you decide to go here, try to make sure that you use cosmetics with some kind of SPF protection when you can. For your face you have three options:
- Leave your face with just a primer. This leaves you with the evened-out texture that a primer gives without the chance of streaked color.
- Mix a creme or gel based foundation into your moisturizer to make a tinted moisturizer that will absorb into the skin without a lot of material left on the top.
- If you must have your foundation, use a gel based one (never an oil based formula) and set it with powder.
Pretty, Protected Lips
You can find some spectacular SPF15 lip primers and I highly suggest starting with them. Don’t try to use a heavy lipstick in summer or you risk wiping your favorite pretty-in-pink shade from your chin all day. Instead use a gloss with a tube that you can take with you or a light balm. To enhance the “ahh” effect, keep your gloss in the fridge at home or in your cooler if you’re off to the beach.
If I do no other part of my routine, I always have to do something to my eyes. Skip the pencil and use a liquid eyeliner. It sets better and is far less likely to melt as the day goes on. Use an eye shadow primer (see a pattern yet?) and let it set for a minute. Apply your eye shadow over the primer. This will help stop the color from gravitating toward the crease and getting stuck there. If you prefer to use mascara, make sure you choose a waterproof formula.
When you go out, make sure never to leave your cosmetics out in the heat. In fact just take your (chilled) lip gloss, pressed powder, and oil blotting sheets for basic maintenance while you head out in the world to soak up the sun. Enjoy your Summer, Beautiful!