June 15, 2014

Modified makeup routine, sunscreen essential for summer

With the warmer weather comes challenges that beauty enthusiasts haven’t had to think about in months.

Increased sweating and oil production may cause foundation to wear off more quickly, your mascara to run or your face to become visibly shiny.

While setting your foundation with a powder in the colder months may not be necessary if you have dry skin, it might be a good idea to dust pressed powder over your T-zone (forehead and nose area) if you plan to wear makeup throughout the day.

If you want to increase the longevity of your cosmetics even more, use a setting spray, which is great for hot weather, special events and nights out, when you want your makeup to look just as good at the end of the night as it did just after you applied it.

If your face becomes oily anyway, blot with oil-absorbing sheets, which remove shininess without disturbing your makeup. In a pinch, tissues will work.

Also consider applying less foundation or using a product with a lighter formula, like a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream.

Keep in mind that your winter shade likely won’t match your skin after you’ve spent some time in the sun.

You might also find that different colors of eye shadow, blush or lipstick will suit your more tanned skin better than they would in the winter, and summer’s daring beauty trends make it a good time to experiment.

My favorite bright lip color is MAC Cosmetic’s Lady Danger, a bold orange-y red. It pairs nicely with MAC’s Redd lip liner. Just make sure to exfoliate your lips before wearing the shade, as the matte finish will accentuate any dryness.

More important than keeping your makeup looking fresh in the summer is protecting your skin from the sun.

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