Summer is officially here which means super-hot, melt your makeup off weather. Long days outside in the sun can mean smeared mascara and quickly fading foundation. But not to worry—I’m sharing some easy ways to keep your makeup looking fresh this season, plus a few steps for simplifying your routine for these crazy high temperatures.
Use a primer
Primers are designed to help your makeup last longer, create a smooth surface for foundation, and minimize pores. Coola’s Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 is great and I also love their Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Matte Cucumber. Both provide sun protection while evening out skin tone and can help reduce shine as they day wears on.
Lighten up your foundation
Summer is the perfect time to try out a bb cream or tinted moisturizer. I like to mix a small pump of moisturizer in with my current foundation for a lighter coverage look. Pure Anada’s Smooth & Conceal Liquid Foundation is my top pick for its non-greasy texture that glides across skin beautifully. Try applying it with a damp beautyblender instead of a brush for a streak free finish.
Choose cream formulas
Powder products can cake and settle into lines when it’s hot, so instead opt for cream products. Because they sink into the skin instead of sitting on top, they’ll last longer and look more natural. Vapour Organic Beauty’s Multi Use Stain gives the perfect wash of colour to cheeks, lips and even eyes. It blends out easily and stays put all day. Plus, having one product do so many different jobs cuts down on application time.
Another cream product that does double duty is the Mineral Fusion 3-In-1 Color Stick. The shade “Magnetic” looks gorgeous all over the lids of your eyes and also when applied to the cheeks as a subtle bronzer.
Sweat and regular mascara definitely don’t mix. Avoid raccoon eyes and choose a waterproof formula like Pacifica’s Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara. No flaking or smudging even in the hottest conditions. Or for those days you want to keep it super natural, just give your lashes a quick curl and leave it at that.
Bring a facial mist to go
Pack a mini face mist in your bag to help you stay cool. This Odacite Hydra Mist Vitalize Rose + Neroli Treatment Mist also doubles as a makeup setting spray—the most perfect multifunctional product for summer.
Sweat proof makeup doesn’t have to be complicated, with a few good base layers and the convenience of multi-use products, it can be fast and effective. Remember to focus on protecting your skin and using glowy products that can keep up with your outdoor summer plans.
Eve is a photographer and writer from Toronto, Canada with a passion for natural beauty and healthy eating. She loves green products, yoga, big salads and even bigger cups of tea.