Summer makes your face melt, there's no getting around that. Waterproof mascaras and matte foundations are the products that usually get recommended in Summer Makeup guides. I wanted to take those recommendations a little further and even suggest switching out your daily makeup products with things you might already own. Buying new makeup for summer is definitely fun but it's not always possible (or necessary). Here are my top picks for making your makeup last during the summer...
1. Long-wearing concealer + a green corrector: Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette in No.1
I am recommending long-wearing concealers in general, for obvious reasons. Summer is the time to break out the best of the best in your concealer collection. First of all, your concealer needs to perform better under heat and humidity, specially under your eyes. Secondly, you will be better off skipping foundation as much as posible and opting for heavier concealing instead. Foundation can make your face feel really icky and clogged during the summer and you will look cakey more easily.
Why the MUFE Camouflage Cream Palette is a great choice: Each palette includes four concealer colors and a corrector. Having several shades is always handy, specially during the summer when tanning will cause your skintone to vary. The No.1 Palette includes a green corrector which is perfect for neutralizing those red summer acne breakouts. The No.3 and 4 Palettes come with peach/orange correctors which are great if you've been getting bad undereye circles from late summer night escapades.
2. Tinted Loose Powder: Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana
Time to put away the pressed powder. Loose powders are more finely milled, they look better on the skin, and absorb oiliness better. They are not travel friendly but are worth the hassle. You can touch the up without risking looking cakey. A translucent loose setting powder works well, but a tinted one is a great way to get extra coverage (a good idea if you'll be skipping foundation).
3. Nail Polish Base/Primer + Nude Nail Polish
I'm always surprised at the fact that I find people who don't use base coat on their nails. It's an extra step but it only takes a few seconds. It helps protect your natural nail from staining and keeps your nail color from chipping for a few extra days. So if you're not using it already, give it a try! And I know everyone recommends bright colors for summer, they're fun and look great on the nails. However, if you don't have a gel manicure, Shellac or acrylics, your nails can deteriorate super quickly due to the pool, beach, and general outdoor summer activities. Nude colors hide chipping better so your nails will look nicer for longer.
There are a bunch of great nail base coats and neutral nail polishes on the market. The ones shown here are: Anise Cosmetics Base Coat and China Glaze Diva Bride Nail Polish.
4. Cream Base + Eyeshadow Primer Combo: MAC Pro-Longwear Paint Pot in Let's Skate and NYX HD Eyeshadow Base
Normally I'd choose either a cream eyeshadow base or an eyeshadow primer but doubling up can guarantee that your eyeshadow will last and won't crease. Just like with the nail base coat and polish combo, use what you like and know works for you. The magic happens when you combine two products that are meant to make your eyeshadow last. Careful with creamy eyeshadow bases though! There are some that never set and crease easily. Stay away from those. Try long-wearing ones such as the MAC Pro-Longwear Paint Pots, Maybelline Color Tattoos or any of the other great ones I've reviewed in the past.
5. Clear Mascara / Eyebrow Gel: Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara
A clear mascara has two great uses. First, it serves as an eyebrow gel to keep your fierce brows in place. There are a bunch of amazing tinted brow gels in the market but I don't recommend wearing them during the summer. Your makeup smudges easily during this time of year and it travels to unexpected places. You wouldn't want some brown smudges around your brows, would you? Another great use for clear mascara is, well, as mascara. If you don't want to use waterproof mascara (because, let's admit it, it's a pain to remove) you can try wearing clear mascara on your eyelashes instead. It will give you some volume and length, but without the risk of raccoon eyes.
Note: If you're going to be using the clear mascara for both your eyelashes and eyebrows, I suggest getting two tubes-- one for each purpose-- just to be safe. It's best to be as hygienic as possible with mascara. Eye infections are no laughing matter.
6. Face/Foundation Primer
Just as with nail base coats, I assume a lot of people already use face primer regularly but I thought I'd mention it anyway just in case. It will help your face makeup (concealer, blush, foundation, powder) last longer and apply better. I also wanted to point out that long-wearing primers or mattifying primers are usually recommended for summer but those might not be the best option for everyone. I've tried using those types of primers on people with dry skin simply because of the weather, but it just doesn't work well. Use a primer that agrees with your skintype. And don't forget there are some great primers with SPF. Sun protection is very important during the summer. I recommend the Laura Mercier Protect Primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.
Also shown: Hourglass Oil Free Mineral Veil Primer.
I hope you found these recommendations useful. Let me know what your go-to products or techniques are. How do you achieve summer-proof makeup?