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Keeping your makeup looking fresh in summer is tough. Let’s talk about some summer makeup mistakes that just might be holding you back from achieving your *perfect summer look.
As you know, I pretty much live in perpetual summer. My face gets oily and my makeup melts year round. I’ve built up quite a skill set if I do say so myself.
These are the top 5 mistakes that I see ladies making when it comes to looking their best in the summertime.
Just because it’s hot outside, doesn’t mean you can’t wear full makeup! Take these tips and rock your summer makeup!
1. Skipping the face primer
I totally lived this one. I used to think adding primer under my foundation would just add an extra layer of heaviness to my makeup, so I skipped it. In fact, all that did was allow more of my face oils to come through and break apart my makeup. Yes, primer is one more layer you need to add, but it’s a helpful one!
Do this instead >> Add a layer of mattifying primer all over your face if you are oily, or a smoothing primer if you’re dry. Your makeup will last longer, and you’ll use less foundation thanks to the primer’s skin evening properties.
Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment >> [SEPHORA]
2. Powder everywhere!
I see this mistake everywhere; adding more powder is not the answer! Melting makeup is probably the most infuriating of all makeup meltdowns (*pun just realized.) Slapping additional powder over the problem does nothing but leave you looking dry right now, and then like you have cake batter on your face later.
Do this instead >> First, use an oil-controlling primer to combat the issue at its source, then set your makeup with your usual amount of powder. (The same amount you would use in winter months.) When you get oily throughout the day, blot excess oil with a tissue and apply a mattifying balm over the affected areas. You’ll look matte, but not dry.
e.l.f. HD Mattifying Balm >> [e.l.f. COSMETICS]
3. Using the wrong eyeshadow primers
In winter, everything is fair game for eyeshadow primers. Foundations, concealers, cream eyeshadows, whatever. In summer, everybody needs a bit more help keeping their eyeshadows in place, and a foundation just won’t cut it. I enjoy using concealer to combat my eyelid discoloration, and while I can get away with just that when it’s chilly out, the combo doesn’t stand a chance in the Hawaiian heat.
Do this instead >> Add a not playing around eyeshadow primer under your usual choice of base. Nars Pro-Prime is awesome for controlling oil and helping your eyeshadows cling on exactly you placed them. The lightweight, clear formula means you can totally layer other products on top without gunking up your eyelids. Conceal away!
Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base >> [SEPHORA]
4. Too. Much. Shimmer.
I get it, we love that glow in the summer. We all want to look like sun-kissed goddesses who just spent all day lounging by the pool, even if we really spent the day cooped up in the office. But there is such a thing as too much shine. You don’t need a dewy foundation, a shimmery bronzer, a glittery blush, a visible from space highlighter, and metallic eyeshadow to look like you’re in the summer spirit.
Do this instead >> Choose one or two products that kick up the shine factor, and embrace those! I love going with a slightly shimmery bronzer because that’s something I really only wear in the summertime. I then layer on a matte blush and a touch of subtle highlighter. For the eyes, I stick to light matte and satin eyeshadows, and then pop my highlighter on my brow bones and inner corners to really make my eyes stand out.
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer >> [AMAZON]
5. Forcing yourself into uncomfortable lip products
Out of all the summer makeup mistakes, this is the worst, mainly because we all know we’re doing it yet we do it anyway. It’s a rule of life: when we’re uncomfortable, the discomfort shows up on our face and in our mood. Why suffer wearing dry and heavy matte liquid lipsticks, or gloopy lip glosses that invites our hair to stick to our faces?
Do this instead >> Choose a lipstick that’ll give you the best of all worlds! Tons of lipsticks are lightweight yet pigmented, last a seriously long time, and add a little shine without the stickiness. Pick a “your lips but better” nude, or a bright statement color to pull together your perfect summer makeup look.
Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Color Splash Lipstick >> [SEPHORA]
That’s all for today!
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