It’s that time of year again. Time to get outdoors and enjoy that summer sunshine. But with the sun, comes heat and plenty of it (depending on where you live). Makeup meltdown is pretty common and very frustrating. Especially if you live in a climate with high humidity. I know this struggle all too well. So, here are my top tips for maintaining a gorgeous glow all summer long.
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Properly Prep Your Skin
Start your beauty routine off right by using a really good moisturizer under your makeup. In her book Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, celebrity makeup artist Bobbi Brown states “Moisturizer is the key to fresh-looking skin. It creates the perfect base for makeup. For normal skin, use a lightweight moisturizing lotion. For dry skin, use a rich hydrating cream or balm. For oily skin, use an oil-free formula that hydrates and helps control oil production.”
I personally have found the above to be absolutely true and if I get it wrong my makeup doesn’t sit right and ultimately and ends up shifting around throughout the day and eventually slides off my face. No one wants that. Haha. So this is why I put this as my first and #1 tip.
Note: If your skin is a little flakey or looks dull you need to exfoliate. This will also help your moisturizer better absorb into your skin.
Since it is highly likely that you will be spending even more time outdoors than you normally do the rest of the year it is vital that you keep your skin protected. Sunburns are never pretty and ultimately lead to sun damage and premature aging. Too much sun also dehydrates your skin. So make sure you wear a minimum of SPF 15 at all times during the summer. Make sure to choose a natural mineral-based sunscreen.
If you are going to be outside in direct sun for a long period of time make sure to wear a hat and sunglasses as well as a light cover-up to protect your chest and shoulders. The hat will also help prevent makeup meltdown.
Wear Lighter Makeup
When I say lighter I am referring to the weight and amount. Heavy makeup and summer just do not go together. Skip the contouring and heavy glitter. Choose a light foundation or skip the foundation altogether and wear a tinted moisturizer instead. Powder foundations work exceptionally well in hot weather and really stay put. Choose a matte finish if you have oily skin and a semi-matte to dewy finish if you have drier skin.
Water-resistant mascara is a must as well. You don’t want to end up with raccoon eyes if you happen to get caught in an afternoon thunderstorm or while you are splashing around at the beach. And just plain old high humidity can make your mascara run. If you haven’t read my guide on the best natural mascaras you can check that out HERE.
When it comes to your overall summer beauty routine less is definitely more – less makeup, less skin care products layered under your makeup. Just keep it basic and simple. If you notice some shine or if you have been sweating lightly blot your face and try to avoid adding extra powder as that can look cakey. If you do need to add a little extra powder blot first and then just use a very light amount and blend it well.
Hydration is Key
Add water not oil for glowing summer skin. While this may not be a makeup tip per se keeping yourself hydrated internally helps keep you looking beautiful and glowing on the outside. Consuming lots of fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content will help keep your cells plump and hydrated. They also contain key minerals and electrolytes. Just as sunburns are not attractive whatsoever neither is being dehydrated.
Dehydrated skin looks dull, pale, and is often flakey. Trying to apply makeup to dehydrated skin, usually yields less than desirable results not to mention you usually feel pretty terrible physically if you are not getting enough water. So stay hydrated this summer!
Some super hydrating food choices include:
- Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, etc)
- Coconut Water
- Lettuce and other leafy greens
- Dragon Fruit
- Starfruit (Carambola)
Spritzing your face with rose water or a light aloe-based toner can also help keep your skin and makeup looking fresh. Again you want to add water and not oil to your routine.
Do you have any fun plans for this summer or beauty tips that you would like to share? Leave a comment below.
Lora is a native Californian currently living in the Southeast. She is an artist, designer, blogger and nature lover. Her hobbies include herbalism, cooking, baking, creating DIY aromatherapy recipes, sipping wine and listening to music. She also loves to go hiking and camping.