Newsflash – summer is hot and can make you sweat. Jk, that is obviously not news BUT it is true and it’s also true that revelations about the weather should effect your routines. For example, in summer I do not drink hot coffee but rather, iced coffee. In summer, I do not wear seven million layers of moisturiser on my face like I do in winter, but instead wear heaps of sunscreen.
Although it may seem obvious, you should change the way you do your makeup depending on the weather. And since I’m currently baking in the land down under, this is my advice on how you should be doing your makeup in summer to help make it last longer.
As many an internet beauty guru doth profess, your makeup is only as good as your skin which means if you want your makeup to look good you need to take care of your visage. Starting with appropriate hot-weather skincare is essential for helping your makeup stay put. So step one is changing out your normal cleanser, toner or moisturiser with one that can keep oil and redness at bay. I’ve been using the Calm Redness Relief Kit from Paula’s Choice
this summer* and think the Toner
and SPF 15 Mineral Moisturiser
in particular are excellent at balancing out the oil in my face and providing lightweight hydration. Keep in mind, if you have very dry skin, then opt for the normal to dry version of this kit.
Now that you’ve nailed your skincare, it’s time to think about how you will prep your skin for makeup, summer style. If you really really really want your makeup to last longer then you need to use a primer. I used to be so scared of primers because I seriously hate being matte and just want to look like a dewy angel 24 / 7. But just as you can multi-mask you can also multi-primer. This means using a different product designed to do different things on individual sections of your face. Revolutionary! It may seem pretty extra but we all know I’m about that so let’s not kid ourselves.
What I will do is use a hydrating primer like this one from Mecca Cosmetica, which is seriously the most beautifully plumping thing in the world, all over my cheeks and under eyes and maybe on the tip of my nose – areas where I tend to get dry. And on my t-zone, I will take a tiny amount of Benefit’s new Pearl Primer and pat it anywhere I want to reduce oil and pores. I think the latter is a great alternative to more traditionally mattifying primers as it has a slight pink-cast which means it also helps brighten the skin and is therefore not as ‘flat’ looking.
For the actual base, I think it’s best to use the foundation / tinted moisturiser / BB cream that you know works for you. For me, if I know I’m going to be spending the whole day in the sun, I’ll wear the Dr Jart BB cream – which I speak more at length about in my BB cream post
– as I know it’s high in SPF and the coverage lasts an impressively long time, even after a full day at the beach.
The next thing I would recommend is to use cream-based products on the rest of your face. Whilst this may seem counter intuitive, a cream product will blend seamlessly into the skin and will inherently give a more subtle effect. So when your face inevitably sweats, you won’t have any obvious streaks or patchy blobs of blush or bronzer. I’ve recently fallen in love with the beach sticks from Charlotte Tilbury, especially in the shade Moon Beach which is a beautiful shade of rose gold. The great thing about these is that they are multi purpose so you can use them on the lips, cheeks or even, dare I say it, on the lid. Even though it’s kind of ridiculous to wear makeup to the beach, I have been known to chuck one of these in my bag – you never know when a hot lifeguard is going to run past.
One of my other favourite cream products is the RMS Beauty Contour Bronze
. It is super duper dewy and actually a pretty cool-toned shade so is perfect for creating actual contours on the face. I would 100% recommend applying this with your fingers which can take a little work but is worth it in the end if you want a really seamless finish. I also love this because it has coconut and jojoba oils and is 100% vegan – technically you could eat it, that’s how health it is.
The other cream product is the Mecca Enlightened From Within Illuminating balm
. This isn’t a cult product for nothing, it is seriously so luminous, hydrating and blendable that I just want to bathe in it all day long. I don’t actually do that, what I do do is apply it to the high points of my face like top of the cheekbones, the brow bone and cupid’s bow.
Sure, none of these products are going to give you a full on glam look, but they will give you a beautiful, your-skin-but-better glow that won’t be falling off your face by 3pm.
And finally, to wrap things up, you gotta lock in what you laid down. In other words, use a setting spray. In what will be no surprise to anybody at this stage, I like to use two different types. Immediately after I finish my makeup, I will give a quick spritz of something more mattifying, like this one from Urban Decay
. Hot tip, try not to move your face until the spray dies otherwise you will be locking in creases and lines! And then, I will take a hydrating spray like the SALT by Hendix Aloe + Hibiscus spray
with me throughout the day and use as necessary to put life back into dull skin.
Yes this may seem like a lot of products, a lot of steps, a lot of effort. But if you break it down, it’s actually a pretty low-key routine and any or all steps can be altered to suit you. The main thing is being aware of which product works during which season and taking care of your precious visage, even when it’s scorching hot.
What are your favourite summer beauty tricks?
*Whenever I test out new skincare I do so for at least one solid week and usually longer. I have dry to combination type skin.
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