15 Ways to Prevent Summer Makeup Meltdown

June 15, 2011

1. Humidity isn’t the only problem with summer skin as the heat causes an increase in oil production as well. Switch to oil-control cleansers, toners, and treatment products to minimize this problem. 2. Let treatment products absorb into the skin before applying any makeup. Accelerate the process by thoroughly massaging them into the skin. 3. When the humidity is high, save intense moisturizing creams for night duty and use lighter weight creams or serums for daytime. 4. Oil-free primers are overlooked items. Super Matte Antishine is the primer of choice to offset the effects of heat and humidity. Used by both men and women, with or without makeup, this mattifying cream instantly dries up excess oil and inhibits its formation. Our powder format primers help control oil, shine, and increase endurance of foundation.They also can be used alone. Matte Shine Control Primer and Oil Control Primer are two of our most popular summer products. 5. Minimize the amount of makeup overall that you apply. What isn’t there cannot go awry. 6. Mineral makeup excels during the heat of summer. It settles into your skin for the most natural look possible. • Mineral powder is very resistant to the effects of humidity. (Test this by placing a little powder in your hand and sprinkling with water. The water will bead and run off. ) • Less is truly more during the summer. Use a lighter than usual dusting of foundation or finishing powder during days of intense heat. • If your skin is nicely tanned, skip foundation and even out color with just a finishing powder. • Mineral foundation contains sunscreen protection zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which adhere to the skin better than other sunscreen additives. These also provide both UVA and UVB protection. 7. Use a lighter than normal dusting of blush powder on cheeks. Feather into skin for a natural glow. • Think out of the box for blush colors, e.g. our Soft Bronze eye shadow gives a wonderful sun-kissed glow to cheeks. • Keep summer blush away from hairline and high on cheekbones. Think of where you would sunburn first, and then softly dust color those areas for a natural glow. 8. Avoid liquid or pressed foundations as these have a tendency to crease and slide off your skin in heat and humidity. 9. Mist your face with a setting mist or hydrosol to lock makeup in place. Pat face gently to increase adherence. Hold sprayer at arm’s length so that only a fine mist hits your face. Mist repeatedly during the day. 10. Never rub your face. Blot moisture and oil from your face with a powder-free tissue or napkin. The lightweight brown paper napkins that are often found in restaurant dispensers are perfect as they absorb sweat and oil without leaving fibers behind. Avoid commercial blotting papers containing powder. 11. Avoid additional applications of makeup if possible during hot days. Renew your makeup by gently patting your face with a cold water dampened sponge, tissue, or cloth, or with a spritz of hydrosol. If you must touch up your makeup, first pat away any creases with a tissue or sponge before lightly dusting with powder. Do not rub. 12. Use softer shades of eye colors which are more forgiving. Brighter tones applied with a light hand are summer lovely. 13. Keep liner and shadow from settling into creases or migrating with the use of eye primer on lids. Follow with a dusting of foundation or finishing powder applied with a camouflage brush. Apply eye makeup and then dust on one more layer to set the colors. 14. Continuous use of waterproof mascara accelerates lash breakage, but it is extremely useful during the steamy summer months. Be sure to remove it nightly with gentle cleanser that does not require rubbing. 15. Avoid matte, long lasting lipsticks as they are extremely drying to lips. Choose a gloss applied over lips first dusted with mineral foundation or finishing powder. It extends the life of the color and also prevents color migration. Add an additional dusting of translucent finishing powder to lips for greater longevity.

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