Summer is upon us and depending on where you live you’ve already experienced a few unbearably hot days. It’s going to be a hot summer and if you like to wear makeup you’re faced with a crucial challenge; how to prevent the dreaded “Melted Makeup Face.” Here are some tips to help prevent your makeup from melting into your smoothies this summer.
- Use primer. A lot of people don’t use primer before applying foundation and this step is crucial to keeping foundation in its place. Use an oil-free primer and apply it to moisturized skin before applying foundation.
- Switch from foundation to a BB Crème. I get it, you want full coverage. However, a full face of foundation on a 90 degree day in July is asking for trouble. BB crèmes are much lighter and most even double as sunscreen. Hide trouble areas with a dense, cream concealer.
- If you must use foundation, use a damp makeup sponge to apply it. Apply it very lightly and use short strokes. The less you put on the less there is to slide off.
- Use a makeup setting spray. After you have applied all of your makeup, use the spray to give your makeup a finishing touch and to keep everything in place. I recommend Mac Cosmetics Fix+.
- Use smudge-proof product when filling in eyebrows. Melting eyebrows has to be the worst case scenario of the summer. I recommend using Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade to fill in brows. Its highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. Also it doesn’t smudge at all.
- Use creamy eye shadows. If you must wear eye shadow, use cream products instead of powder. Powder and sweat do not mix well.
- Use liquid liner only. Liquid liner, as opposed to a pencil or cream, won’t budge no matter how much you sweat.
- Dust your face with a translucent powder to reduce shine. Because it doesn’t have a color it won’t pose a problem in the heat. Use a light hand when applying.
- Carry wet wipes or oil blotting sheets with you throughout the day. This way you can refresh and blot away problem areas with ease.
- Less is more. This has always been a good rule of thumb when applying makeup but during the summer this rule is LAW. The key to preventing a melting face is not applying too much makeup.
Editor, Health & Beauty