Bethany, our guest author today, wrote this article for all women who are trying to survive this hot summer! Putting on makeup in the morning is not fun. In fact, I’ve been skipping it many days – how about you? Autumn, where are you?
During the dog days of summer sweltering high temperature and humidity make it difficult for a person to remain feeling and looking fresh. A short time out in the sauna that is summer and a woman can feel perspiration and oil begin to ooze out of her pores. The only function of those unpleasant lubricants seems to be to slide makeup right off a woman’s face. That is not a pretty thought or a pretty sight! Even as temperatures rise, with a little preparation and a few changes to her makeup routine a woman can look her best throughout the day. Learn how to beat the heat with these killer summer beauty tips and keep makeup where it belongs.
Start with a clean face. It is essential that the skin is thoroughly cleaned and dried before anything is applied to it. Even a little dirt or oil left on the skin will provide a slippery base for the layers that follow.
Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate! Makeup goes on easier and stays on better to well hydrated skin. Keep skin well hydrated from within and without. Drink plenty of water to help skin stay plumped and smooth. Apply a non-oily moisturizer to the face and rub it into the skin. Let it dry. Some lucky ladies might even be able to get away with applying tinted moisturizer, skipping the primer and foundation altogether.
Primer holds it close. Apply a layer of primer and watch skin flaws diminish. Hiding skin flaws is a benefit to using primer, but the main reason to use it is to have a base, which will hold makeup in place. Let it dry before applying the next layer. Primer comes in several colors to cover different skin flaws. Once applied the color changes to skin tone. Primer applied to skin that is in good condition can be worn without foundation. Just skip the foundation application step!
Lighten up the foundation. A sheer foundation lightly applied to the primer will remain on the face better than an oily or heavy foundation.
How to deal with rosy, red cheeks. Lightly apply a cheek stain. Cheek stain will stay on better and last longer than cream or powder blush.
Powder it all. Lightly brush a loose mineral finishing powder over the makeup to set it all and help hold it in place.
The eyes have it. Making eye makeup last requires the use of eye primer. Just rub it over the eyelids and lightly brush on eye shadow or liner. To avoid raccoon eyes apply waterproof mascara to lashes. A little extra tip here … waterproof mascara is easily removed with a dab of baby oil or olive oil.
Pucker up those lips. Moisturize the lips and then apply a light lip stain followed by a lip balm. Or, use just a lip balm to moisturize and protect lips from sun damage. Lip balms can be clear or tinted and many contain SPF 15 or greater. Apply lip balm regularly throughout the day.
Do what the pros do. Spray the face with a makeup finish mist. It will help makeup stay in place for several hours. Performers working under hot lights and photographers shooting layouts in the heat have used this product for years. It is sold in some beauty supply stores.
Freshen up a shiny face. Use blotting papers to blot a shiny chin or T-zone. Lightly reapply loose powder and all is well again.