Summer brings a lot of great stuff, but melting mascara, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick aren’t among them. We asked top makeup artists and for their best advice on how to keep makeup looking new and beautiful even when the weather isn’t cooperating and listed some of the major 15 Summer Makeup Tricks to Make Your Look Sweat-Proof.
15 Summer Makeup Tricks to Make Your Look Sweat-Proof
Say good-bye to makeup that runs down your face.
Start with a moisturiser.
It’s just as necessary to take care of your skin as it is to add makeup to it. “In the morning, use an oil-free moisturiser,” says celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, who also recommends an oil-free foundation formula. We have assembled a list of their favourite face moisturisers so you know what to look for. Check the list best face moisturisers you can rely on :
Apply sunscreen and UV protection to your skin.
Aside from hydrating your skin, it’s also necessary to protect it from the sun, which means wearing sunscreen every day, even under your makeup. (It’s not fun to apply makeup to sunburned skin.) Reapplying sunscreen every two hours is recommended, but it can be difficult while you’re out and about — particularly if you don’t want to use it.
- Clean an old liquid base compact and cushion with dish soap. Allow to dry.
- In the compact, soak the cushion in your favourite face sunscreen.
- Dip a sponge applicator into the pillow and dab on your face to reapply.
Invest in a high-quality makeup primer.
The few seconds it takes to apply a primer, which goes on after moisturiser but before face makeup, would be well worth it. “Primers are certainly the way to go in the summer,” says Ashunta Sheriff, a makeup artist based in New York City.
“They don’t feel like a dense, extra layer at all, and they just help keep makeup in place.” No7 Airbrush Away Primer uses hyaluronic acid to smooth lines and blur imperfections while holding the makeup on your face!
Using bronzer to bring some radiance to your skin.
“Bronzer brightens your eyes, whitens your teeth — everybody looks better with a little warmth applied to their skin,” says Troy Surratt, a makeup artist based in New York City. He suggests applying bronzer only to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally reaches you: the forehead, cheekbones, jaw, and nose, to keep the results looking new and natural. (The artificial, baked look comes from covering every nook and cranny.)
Powder bronzers are the most straightforward to use. Look for one with a variety of colours — they’ll blend together for the most realistic appearance. If you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail, you can also use a little bronzer to blend your neck and earlobes.
Remove as much makeup as possible.
Say it with us: Less is more if you want to keep your makeup from creasing and caking. “If you can,” Stiles advises, “just use a tinted moisturiser and concealer where needed.” “When it’s humid, makeup tends to shift about, so the safest way to prevent that is to wear less of it.”
In the summer, skip the glow.
Everyone likes a dewy radiance, but there’s a major difference between a good glow and an over-the-top shine. Avoid using cream foundations or something too luminous, as the humidity will make you look extra shiny and sticky if your skin is too glistening.
Choose light, airy colours.
“Rich, deep colours have their spot,” says Surratt, “but they can look heavy in the summer.” Switch to sheer versions of your favourite lip and eye colours to lighten up your look. If you need more definition, apply a lipliner before applying lipstick, but use a neutral shade to maintain the carefree vibe, or try “invisible” lipliner, which leaves a smooth, waxy film on the lips that prevents colour from bleeding. Plus, since sheer colours are more subtle, you can almost never go wrong.
Make your eyeshadow last longer.
If you want your shadow to last longer, stop using eye cream on your lids (it will break down your makeup) and instead use an eye primer. According to Seattle-based makeup artist Sharona Schweitzer, “it will eliminate creasing and build a foundation for the shadow to stick to so it lasts longer.
” Layer a powder over a cream for the best in all-day wearability. It’s also a smart idea to double up on liner. “Apply your standard pencil or cream liner, then press dark shadow over the liner with a small angled brush to set it for longer wear.
Get rid of your powder blush.
Blush brings balance and healthiness to every look, but if you’re still using the same powdery recipe, your flush can be cake-y faster than you can get to work. “In hot weather, stains are fantastic,” says Stiles.
“Apply a gel or blush stain to your cheeks, then blend a touch of cream blush on top.” The Neo-Nude A-Blush by Giorgio Armani is a Beauty Award recipient. “It’s like the good vibrance your cheeks get after a jog out in the cold, except in a bottle,” one tester said.
Pro tip: Want to make it last longer? Overtop, apply a light, invisible setting powder. Just be careful not to overdo it; you want to lock down your look, not mattify it.
Play around with bright, fun colours.
This season, just as you’re more likely to wear a bright top or bring a bright purse, it’s also the ideal time to play up the colours in your makeup palette. “Livelier colours brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin,” says Surratt, in addition to looking summery.
Experiment with only one area of your face if you usually stick to neutrals. A bright blush on the apples of the cheeks is a good place to start — use our blush guide to find the right shade.
Dewiness is a good substitute for shininess.
A slick T-zone sends the message “I’m hot” — and we don’t mean in a sexy way. Blotting papers are the perfect way to remove unsightly shine in seconds. “They’re cheap and easy — just click and go,” Sheriff says.
If you need to brighten up your makeup as well, blot first, then use a pressed powder with a touch of radiance. “You want to get rid of the shine but still look glowy, particularly in the summer,” says the expert.
Lip stains may be used instead of thick lipsticks.
For the summer, ditch your strong matte lipsticks in favour of the season’s simplest trend: lip stains. These long-lasting formulations have sheer, buildable coverage, making them extremely flexible. Stiles explains, “Stains are perfect because you can still apply a lip balm to add moisture without worrying about the colour bleeding.”
Get the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Balm — it’s a balm and a stain in one, so it’s no surprise it received a Good Housekeeping Beauty Award in 2018. For a more conventional summer look, use sweet pink or peach shades, or go bold with tangerine and grape colours for a more adventurous look.
Attempt to find waterproof versions of your favourite pieces.
Do you like swimming? Don’t be worried about raccoon eyes; there are plenty of great long-wear beauty items available these days. “Get a decent waterproof mascara or get your eyelashes tinted if you’re blonde,” Stiles suggests.
PS: See our beauty editors’ top waterproof makeup choices!
Mini cosmetics should be kept in your bag.
Keep prepared with purse-size items that are ideal for travel and never look oily in a picture again. “Having blotting papers on hand is a perfect way to get rid of sweat and oil without putting on more product,” Stiles says. Plus, you never know when you’ll need to touch up your lip colour.
Often use a setting spray at the end.
The final step in making your makeup last all day and night is to use a setting spray to keep it in place. The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray comes highly recommended by our Beauty Lab. “I certainly found my makeup lasting longer during the day, and I didn’t get as slick or shiny as usual,” one person said in their customer tests.