by Jessica Teas
Hot, sticky summer weather can devastate your makeup — melting foundation, creased eyeshadow running mascara, smudged eyeliner (and not in a smoky-eyes way). While the natural beauties among us can frolic makeup-free in such weather, the rest of us might prefer not to.
So what to do if the thermometer hits 90 and the air's so humid your foundation slides down your face almost as soon as you apply it? These tips keep you looking your best even the hottest days.
With Summer Makeup, Less Is More
Although going makeup-free might not be an option, wear as little as you can get away with. The less you use, the less stuff you have to keep in place.
- Instead of wearing face lotion and foundation, for a more sheer finish apply tinted moisturizer with SPF. And then blot your face with tissue to remove any excess, so it's less likely to melt in the sun. Try Revlon Color Stay foundation or Almay Sports Formula.
An alternative is to use a self-tanner made for face.
- Use a stain on your lips and cheeks instead of separate lipstick and blush. Lip and cheek stains by Benefit, Vincent Longo, theBalm and Beaute Cosmetics offer good color and all-day staying power.
- Use as little eye makeup as you can get away with. If you can live without eyeliner, do so — or substitute a dark powder shadow applied with a liner brush. Use waterproof mascara. Go easy on the eyeshadow unless you're going to be in an air-conditioned space.
Summer makeup is an exercise in minimalism. How little makeup can you get away with and still look good? In fact, it might also be an exercise in self-esteem — maybe you'll learn to like the way you look more with less makeup.
Think LightweightThe materials in your makeup matter. The creamy blush or waxy brow pencil you use during winter won't stay put when you're sweating. In summer, use stains, gels, powders, makeup markers — much like the type for kids — and anything sheer.
- Cheek stains and powdered bronzer stay put longer than cream blush and give you just the right hint of color.
- Powdered eye shadow won't crease the way a cream shadow can. If you want a cream, look for one that's crease-proof, like Bobbi Brown's.
- Makeup markers fill in sparse brows without melting.
Adapting Your Winter Makeup
You can use your winter makeup products if you follow a few guidelines:
- Apply product lightly.
- Blot your base and lip products after applying.
- Seal your makeup in place. One option is to dust your face and lips with light dusting powder, which controls moisture but leave the color. Or use a makeup sealer — Benefit, She Laq, Lipcote, Ben Nye Makeup Final Seal or Kryolan Makeup Sealer are powerful products that seal your makeup after you apply it, including your eyeliner, eyeshadow, base products, lipstick and brows. Makeup fixing sprays, which are a bit less potent than sealers, also set your look. Try Suqqu and Skindinavia makeup fixers.
Fix Your Face on the Fly
Carry a kit for emergency fixes. Even the smallest clutches can hold a compact, lip and cheek stain, a small tube of tinted moisturizer and blotting papers to keep you looking your best wherever you are.
Beauty writer and consultant Jessica Teas contributes to national and international beauty publications. InStyle Magazine's UK edition named Jessica's website,= www.beautywoome.com, one of the 50 best style websites.