Summer’s searing temperatures and sweat-inducing humidity can turn any great look into a melted mess. So, here’s a summertime secret: Less is more when it comes to makeup and skin care. You can probably skip the heavy serums, wrinkle creams, dense powders, and thick concealers. Instead, stock up on some oil absorbing sheets and makeup remover wipes to freshen up throughout the day.
And remember, sunscreen is an absolute must—rain or shine! You should apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 all over your face and neck before putting on any makeup. Also look for products that have a built-in SPF for additional protection.
Here are a few other beauty tricks to help you survive the solstice.
BB cream or tinted moisturizer: BB creams and tinted moisturizers are summer saviors because they provide coverage without having to layer on more products. Besides the SPF number, look for BB creams that have a water-based formula. These tend to be lighter in texture and won’t feel so heavy on your skin; they also go on smoother and leave a dewy finish. Some brands may even help with preventing hyperpigmentation. Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++ is a three-in-one product that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays and hides imperfections. Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint has an oil-free formula that mixes in light-diffusing minerals to make your skin look flawless and glowing.
Cream blush: Cream blushes melt easily into your skin and instantly give you a natural rosy glow. One trick to help BB cream stay put under a cream blush is to lightly dust some pressed powder over your cheeks. And you can easily double the blush as an eyeshadow or lip tint for a simple yet natural look. If you usually use a bronzer to contour, opt for a tawny-colored blush to brighten your cheeks while also sculpting and defining your features. Stila’s Convertible Color cream blush comes in a variety of shades, from corals, oranges, and fuchsias to tawny reds and browns.
Waterproof mascara: Yes, you can still achieve a sky-high fringe in this humidity—with the right waterproof mascara. In addition to plumping up your lashes, you can use a waterproof mascara instead of a pencil to define your brows. The mascara wand can create more natural strokes than a pencil, and is less likely to smudge. Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara has a vitamin E-rich formula that nourishes lashes and helps prevent breakage.
Brown eyeshadow: For a more natural, softer look, try lining your eyes with a dark brown shadow instead of a black liquid or gel liner. And if you’re in a rush, using shadow as liner can help cut down on prep time because the application doesn’t have to be as defined. You can also use the brown shadow to help contour your nose. Talk about multifunctional!