The summer is time for fun in the sun, lazy days by the pool or at the beach and evening get-togethers and barbeques. As enjoyable as the long day-light hours and intoxicating heat can be, they pose some challenges for those of us with beauty in mind. Heat, sweating, humidity and other summer obstacles can wreak havoc on even the most perfect look. Here’s a few tips to keep you looking as cool as a cucumber while you rock out in the summer sun!
#1 – Invest in Waterproof Makeup
Whether or not you’re swimming, summer is the season to invest in high-quality waterproof makeup. Mascara and eyeliner run easily in high humidity or when you break a sweat, so avoid the undesirable racoon look by making sure your sultry eye-makeup won’t budge an inch in the heat of summer. Also, using a waterproof foundation will stop sweat from turning your perfectly applied foundation into a Pollock piece look-alike.
#2 – Use a Primer
Makeup primer is a base, either liquid, powder or gel, that you use on your face before applying foundation, concealer, lip and eye makeup. This layer protects your makeup from oil and sweat and gives it a more solid base on which to stick. Using primer in the summer ensures longer wear and a smoother look with less worry about smudges and imperfections.
#3 – Control Your Shine
It’s true that we’re born to shine, but hopefully more so from our sparkling personality than a greasy complexion! Summertime heat and sweat can cause your pores to manufacture sebum, better known as facial grease, at an overtime rate. Use a gentle cleaner daily to rinse away grease and use a high-quality facial powder for touch-ups during the day.
#4 – Lighten Up a Little
The color palette you used in the autumn and winter are probably not suitable for summer wear. Darker shades of lipstick, eyeshadow and eyeliner can look caked on and overdone in the humidity and heat of summer. Also, darker colors reveal flaws, such as creasing and running, more than lighter shades will. Save the heavier colors for colder weather when your complexion will benefit from some extra oomph and switch to lighter makeup that will reveal your summertime glow and enhance your natural beauty.
#5 – Slather on Some SPF
Although using a suitable sunscreen doesn’t technically count as makeup, it’s one of the most powerful tools in your beauty arsenal. Harmful UVA and UVB radiation can damage your skin before you even begin to burn. Even 15 minutes of unprotected time in the sun can contribute to the early formation of fine lines and wrinkles. To protect yourself from early aging and to decrease your overall risk of developing skin cancer, generously apply a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF about half an hour before going out into the sun. Remember to reapply every few hours, or after you swim or sweat.