Many of us take a break from our normal makeup routine over the summer months, opting for more of a fresh-faced look – and bonus, less time spent in front of the mirror in the morning! But for those days when you need to wear a little something extra, perhaps you have a wedding this weekend or a black tie event to attend, these tips will help you create a summer makeup look that stands the test of heat and humidity.

Apply SPF

Before applying makeup, remember the SPF! Pick a product with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage and at least SPF30 to SPF45. For summer, you can make things easy using a tinted sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF in place of your normal foundation. SkinCeuticals offers a great collection of tinted sunscreen with options for most skin tones.

Foundation: Prime and Apply Sparingly

Use a primer before applying foundation to help keep makeup in place. For days when you want the full coverage of foundation, opt for silicon-based formulas which help create a humidity barrier between the makeup and your skin. If you need to use a concealer, make sure you choose a thick, dense formula that will hold up against humid conditions.

Cheeks: Opt for Lightweight Formulas and Stains

Humidity and perspiration will cause most powder formulas to melt away or clump. Using a lightweight mousse or gel formula for your blush and bronzer will help preserve your look on a humid day. Keep things simple with an all-in-one lip and cheek stain that will stay in place! Jane Iredale offers a great Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain available in three different colours, which customizes to skin tone – plus, it’s hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

Eyes: Waterproof Wear

Using waterproof mascara and waterproof liquid eyeliner is your best bet to keep your makeup looking fresh on a hot, sticky summer day. For lids, make sure to use an eyeshadow primer, and choose “creaseless” eyeshadow formulas or those containing silicon to avoid makeup clumping with the humidity.

Lips: Avoid Gloss and Creamy Lipsticks

New matte formulas make a great lip option for hot summer days – they provide the same powerful pigment with less risk of melting. You could also try a buildable lip stain for a more natural look that won’t melt or smear with the humidity.

Reduce Shine

Secure your look by setting your makeup with a light sweep of translucent powder over the T-zone to prevent oil and shine. Keep everything in place with an oil-control finishing spray, and maintain the look throughout the day with oil-absorbing sheets.

If you have any questions about the best makeup products for your unique skin tone or condition, we can help! Book a consultation with us today.