After a long, dreary winter, there’s a lot to love about summer. Unfortunately, the season we fantasize about is full of a lot of cosmetic nightmares—melting makeup, smudging liners, smearing mascara. Heat and humidity are doubtlessly a challenge, however it’s one we’re ready to conquer. Follow these tips to keep your face on, despite boiling temperatures.
Stay cool under pressure.
If this summer is a scorcher like the previous one, there’ll be days there’s no relief in sight—even in your own home. Don’t feel weird about applying your makeup directly in front of the air conditioner or your desk fan. You’ll benefit from the natural light the window provides, and you’ll have better luck keeping that makeup on if your face isn’t flushed and sweaty as you apply it.
Carry a hydrating mist.
“When the subway gets gross or you feel like the sun is baking you, pull out a hydrating mist (like Rouge Refreshing Lavender Mist ($16, RougeNY.com ), and let the herbs, aloe and glycine freshen and awaken your skin. It’s like a 10-second spa break,” says celebrity makeup artist and co-owner of Rouge New York, Rebecca Perkins.
Embrace the glow, but don’t be a slave to the shine.
You don’t want your makeup to sweat off, and you also want what’s there to stay put. If you aren’t already using primer, start using it for summer. Lots of us switch from foundation makeup to a lighter weight tinted moisturizer or BB cream in summer—this can still very easily be cocktailed with primer. Also, invest in a waterproof concealer like Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer ($22, ulta.com), which will help hide dark circles and blemishes, even in extreme heat.
If you tend to lean toward shine, don’t fight it and wind up with a pasty concoction on your face by constantly adding powder. Finish your makeup with a finely milled HD setting powder, like It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Anti-aging HD Micro-Finishing Powder ($24, qvc.com), and then carry blotting papers such as Boscia’s Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10, sephora.com), rather than choosing to add more powder throughout the day.
Prep the eyes.
Use an eye base like Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20, sephora.com) before applying eye shadow. This will help keep eye shadow from creasing and sweating off. Dark eye shadow can be hard to fix when temperatures skyrocket. Instead, try neutrals or nudes like peach, bronze or bone. Sweep color all over the lid using an eye blender brush or an eye base brush.
Jane iredale Eye Gloss ($15.50, janeiredale.com) and Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids ($19, ulta.com) are both lightweight, long-wearing cream eyeshadows that have the added bonus of being water-resistant. Cream shadow is your friend in the summer months, because it won’t smudge, no matter how miserably hot and humid the weather is.
Use water-resistant mascara & eye liner.
Try applying mascara to upper lashes only to help prevent streaking or running. If you prefer a sexier summer look, apply liner like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20, sephora.com) along your upper lash line for more intensity. For summer, consider a waterproof mascara like COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara ($8.99, ulta.com) for instant volume and fullness, minus the smudging or smearing.
Consider lash extensions.
“Lash extensions make such a huge difference to the overall appearance that many women find they don’t need nearly as much makeup, if any at all, year round. This is especially helpful during the hot summer months when makeup typically smears easily or becomes cake-y from the heat,” says Anna Phillips, the CEO and founder of The Lash Lounge.