Don’t you notice that every year summer just gets hotter and hotter? One minute you have your makeup perfect and the moment you leave the house, you feel like your makeup is starting to melt. If you feel totally naked going bare-faced or if you are heading to, say, an event, date, party, or just the office, here are tips to keep your makeup in check.
Primer is your best friend.
I love primers. Not only do they make foundation or any makeup for that matter glide so much better, but they also make makeup last longer. There are primers that control shine and oil and improve texture. Some primers even have SPF to protect you from sun damage. Apply this after your skincare routine before you do your base makeup. I like using Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer, P2,900, to hulas-proof my face so it stays fresh-looking longer, even on super hot days.
Choose lightweight foundation.
Your creamy foundation will just feel like a wool coat or a ski mask in this weather. Opt for lighter formulas that won’t feel like you’re suffocating amidst all those layers of makeup. Better yet, just spot-conceal blemishes and spots with concealer or your favorite foundation, and then set with long-lasting powder foundation. My foundation choices this summer are NARS Luminous Lightweight Foundation, P2,950, and Maybelline Superfresh Powder Foundation, P299.
Say yes to waterproof eye makeup.
If you find yourself having panda eyes the moment afternoon strikes, you may want to switch to waterproof eye makeup to accent your eyes. Try Browhaus Precision Eyeliner, P750. It has best of both worlds—it stays put all day, but is easy to remove. All you need is warm water! If you want some color instead of blacks and browns, use fun colored eyeliner such as Browhaus Heavy-Duty Bi-Liners. Also try chubby eye pencils like Make Up For Ever Aquamatic Glide-On Eyeshadow, P1,350, in place of powder eyeshadows or use it as base for your eyeshadow.
Play up with warm colors.
Enhance your summer glow with warm-weather peaches and corals. I usually go for long-lasting lip and cheek tints in a nice peach shade glowing from within. Oily-skinned ladies may prefer powder. Choose matte powders because shimmery may just enhance the oiliness. My favorite peach powder blush is Benefit CORALista Coral Blush.
Less is more.
We don’t wear jackets or coats during summer, so let’s do the same thing for our face. Save the super heavy smokey eyes and heavy contouring for Christmas parties and opt to just define the brows, line the eyes with waterproof liner, apply a few swipes of mascara, color your lips, and you’re done! Our skin naturally glows like honey this season, so let’s just enhance it instead of piling a lot of stuff. Saves prep time, too!
Add a makeup setting spray after makeup is done.
This will make your makeup last longer, preventing it from early makeup meltdown. Try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray or Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix.
I hope these tips will help your makeup stay put under the hot and humid weather. Enjoy summer, Bellas!
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L’Oréal Paris Available at all leading groceries, beauty hubs, and department stores nationwide; lorealparis.com; lorealparisexclusif.ph; lorealparis.com.ph; facebook.com/LOrealParisPhilippines
Make Up For Ever 2/F, Mega Fashion Hall Building D, SM Megamall Mandaluyong City, (02) 631-5681; G/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City, (02) 6215248; 1/F, TriNoMa Mall, Quezon City, (0915) 990-9571; makeupforever.com.ph; 2/F, Main Mall SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, (0919) 273-4805; makeupforever.com.ph; facebook.com/makeupforeverPH
Maybelline Available at all leading beauty hubs and department stores nationwide; maybelline.com; facebook.com/maybellinephilippines
NARS Rustan’s Department Stores; narscosmetics.com; facebook.com/narscosmetics
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