Summer is full of wonderful things — but melting foundation, smeared eyeliner and super-sticky lipstick are not among them.
So we asked top makeup artists to spill their best summer makeup tips, including looks, brands and products to wear for keeping your face looking natural, fresh and pretty, even when you’re sweating on hot days.
Skincare tips to keep you skin fresh
Don’t skip toner
Toner is a water-based product that is high in nutrients and humectants. Your skin must be hydrated in order to produce less sebum.
After washing your face with a gentle facial cleanser, smear some alcohol-free toner all over your face to lock in moisture.
The skin will be moist and ready for better absorption in the following skincare steps.
Opt for a gel-based moisturizer
Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use moisturizer. On the contrary, using a moisturizer can make your skin soft, supple, and less oily.
In the summer, opt for a gel-based, thin-consistency moisturizer that hydrates the skin without leaving a heavy, thick residue.
Facial mist to freshen up
Hot weather and excessive sunlight can quickly dehydrate the skin. While it can be difficult to reapply moisturizer, a facial mist is an excellent choice for a quick hydration boost.
Mineral water is the main ingredient in facial spray, which is combined with other natural ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea, madecassoside, and so on. Spraying all over your face whenever you want to give your skin instant moisture and a nice refreshing, cooling sensation.
Use blotting papers
If you have oily, shiny skin throughout the day, blotting paper can be your best friend. Simply keep them in your purse and pull them out as needed.
Blotting papers are inexpensive, portable, and simple to obtain. If you find that blotting your face with powder is too heavy and pore-clogging, it’s time to stock up on blotting papers.
15 summer makeup tips
Make Sunscreen a Priority
Sunscreen should be part of your regular routine all year, but it is especially important in the summer because we tend to sweat more.
Reapply every four hours when indoors and cool, but every two hours or whenever you come out of the pool or have sweated when you’re out in the sun.
Because reapplying sunscreen can be difficult, try a spray-on sunscreen, such as Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist provides a refreshing boost while protecting your skin from the sun.
Ease Up on Your Normal Makeup Routine
Under direct sunlight, a full face of makeup can feel heavy and even runny. Keep your makeup light instead of heavy. Begin with sunscreen, then apply a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, face powder, or go bare-faced and spot-correct with your favorite concealer.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer has an oil-free formula, buildable matte coverage, and a 12-hour wear time.
Think About Going Matte
Matte makeup lasts longer than creamy or glossy makeup, and because it’s free of mineral oil and petrolatum, it won’t crease throughout the day. It’s also great for oily or sweaty skin.
Use a powder foundation or a lightweight, mattifying alphabet cream, such as IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40.
Opt for Multitasking Makeup
By choosing multitasking products that work harder for you, you can save time and reduce the amount of product you use.
Fewer products mean less hassle when traveling (and in everyday life), and they also contribute to a more cohesive appearance. Try Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek, which can also be used on your lids.
Enjoy the Bronze Age
Nothing beats a well-applied bronzer for a “natural” summertime glow. Select one that is no more than two shades darker than your natural skin tone.
NARS makes a variety of Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzers, which are popular among makeup artists.
Swipe your brush over the top of the compact and tap off any excess on the back of your hand after the rest of your makeup has set for a few minutes (damp skin will result in streaky application).
Sweep the brush along your temple, down toward one cheekbone, and then to your jawline, forming a number “3” figure. Rep on the opposite side.
Eye Primers Are a Must
Whether you choose a single wash of color across your lids or a full smoky eye, makeup primer is essential for them to last all day. This is especially true during the hot months when sweat and oil production is at its peak.
A classic like Urban Decay Cosmetics Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion can never go wrong.
Always Choose Waterproof Mascara
Even if you’re not near a pool or the beach, waterproof mascara is a must in the summer.
Mascara is prone to streaking and smearing as a result of sweat and humidity, but a waterproof formulation will help lock in the product and prevent smudge into your eyes.
Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara is a highly rated waterproof, sweatproof, pool-proof, and tear-proof mascara.
Keep Lipstick Inside the Lines
Lipstick tends to melt in hot weather, causing it to smear and run. Apply lip liner for 30 seconds first to keep color in place. This product will also prevent color from migrating into any lines around your mouth.
To avoid looking too harsh, match your lip liner to your lipstick or your natural lip tone, which is your best bet when choosing a sheer lipstick or gloss. Caley Cosmetics Beach Babe Natural Lips are available in eight different colors and can be worn as a liner or as a full lip color.
Tinted Lip Balm Is Also a Great Option
Choose a tinted lip balm to simplify your makeup routine or for days when you just want a sheer wash of color and moisturized lips. SPF is a plus, as is Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15, which comes in four neutral, pretty shades.
Always finish with a setting spray
The final step in getting your makeup to last all day and night is to spritz on a makeup setting spray to seal in your look. The GH Beauty Lab recommends Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.