Summer is full of wonderful things — but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Here are some tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty — even when the weather is working against you.
Use everything Waterproof
If you want to hang out beachside or poolside, waterproof makeup might be an important step — mascara and eyeliner are already staples, but these days, pretty much everything comes in waterproof form, including eyebrow gel and eyeshadow.
Stock the Setting Spray
Setting spray is something of an advanced makeup move, but it can make life a whole lot easier in summer — it keeps your makeup from sliding right off your face, which is never fun.
Embrace Face Sprays
Heck, even if they’re not doing anything to keep your makeup in place, they’re still mightily refreshing in the heat.
Pack blotting paper
Even if you forget your trusty blotting papers at home, everything from paper towels to toilet seat covers can help remove shine in a pinch.Regular blotting papers are probably preferable, though.
Maybe you can get away without a primer in the drier winter months, but in the summer, eyeshadow primer’s something of a must: Believe the hype, it helps your eye makeup stay in place, no matter how oily your lids are.
A Good Primer
Setting spray is all fine and well, but so is your standard powder. It too will lend plenty of staying power to your makeup, and it will help keep things matte as well, which can be a huge bonus, especially if you happen to have an especially shiny complexion in summer.
Try a Cushion Foundation
Cushion foundations have been growing in popularity for the last couple years, and it’s not hard to tell why. They’re ultra convenient, especially when it comes to summer months. Plus, they happen to be easy to reapply, and most come with a substantial amount of SPF protection. They also have a nice cooling effect, which is a nice added bonus when it’s hot out.
Oil your Hair before Swimming
Applying oil to your hair before swimming can help protect it, both from the harsh salinity of the ocean, and the hair-destroying chlorine from your favorite pools.
Regular Oiling helps
If you’re one of those people who gets frizzy strands from summer (curse you, humidity!) you might want to add a little hair oil to your routine to keep your hair shiny and smooth. You have lots of options — there’s always argan oil if you’re feeling luxurious, or even simple coconut oil from the grocery store will do the trick nicely.