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Melt-Proof Makeup

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Heat and humidity are two culprits that wreak havoc on our faces in summer. Though we change our wardrobe with the seasons, we rarely think about changing our makeup routine as well. Yet it doesn’t take much to change glamorous into gruesome — the dog days of summer can make us look like raccoons! To win the summer makeup battle, I call upon certain tips and tricks.

Much like a good undergarment provides a building block for your wardrobe, a good moisturizer does the same for your face. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, moisturizing is an essential part of a good makeup routine.

melt proof 2When it comes to foundation and concealer, less is always more in warmer months. During the day, I skip foundation and just wear under eye concealer. My favorite is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear concealer. It covers nicely and will last through even the harshest of weather. In the evening, I use Boots No 7 True Identity whipped foundation, a light option for all skin types that’s hypoallergenic and has the ability to match skin tones. For more coverage, try Clinique Even Better Foundation. It not only evens your skin tone but it has SPF 15 if you want to wear it during the day.

Powder is a good option for ultralight coverage. I splurged on Dior Diorskin Nude Compact — it’s very light, has a great texture, and is ideal for everyday wear. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder is a versatile option with SPF 10. It can be used as both a powder and a cream; simply wet your makeup sponge before applying and you instantly get more coverage. 

When it comes to eyes, there are two makeup rules you should follow: 1. Always use an eye primer. 2. Liquid eyeliner trumps pencil every single time. Using an eye primer will help keep powder eye shadow in its place, but you don’t have to buy a dedicated eye primer. I just use the Double Wear concealer instead. Though a little pricier than drugstore brands, I find it doesn’t crease and stays put throughout the day. With the eye primer in place, use whatever eye shadow palate you love best.

Eyeliner has been the bane of many women’s existence. It is often the first thing to run and the hardest to remove once it does. My summer solution is to ditch the traditional pencil and cream choices and strictly stick to liquid liner. Colors have been expanded beyond traditional black to include choices such as bold blue. My favorites are from L’Oreal — I use Telescopic eyeliner for its really fine brush which allows for the greatest level of control over line thickness and Infallible The Super Slim liquid eyeliner. 

Blush is great for adding a hint of color and helping contour cheekbones.  When you don’t feel like wearing a full face of makeup, blush is a great way to wake up your face. Just dab a little on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

melt proof 3One of my favorite cream blushes is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush.  It is super light, comes in a variety of colors and has great staying power.  I am not fond of blush sticks as I find the application process more difficult. With cream compacts, you can use your fingers or a makeup sponge to apply. If cream blush isn’t your thing, look for a good quality powder blush instead. I have Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in my personal arsenal — I love how the color blends easily and stays on all day.

When the humidity rises, lipstick runs. To keep from looking like you applied it in the dark, use a lip pencil to line your lips before applying the lipstick (use a pencil that closely matches the shade of lipstick you are wearing).  Then take a bit of concealer and apply it around your mouth — blend it well!

You can also look into one of the many long-wear lipsticks on the market. I find them a bit drying to my lips, but when applied properly, they all but guarantee your lipstick will stay put.  The same can be said for lip stains, but as with the long-wear lipstick, they can be drying. Stains also take more effort to remove at the end of the day.

   By Raven Peterson

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