While melting foundation, smudged eyeliner, and extremely sticky lipstick are all beautiful things about summer, they are not among them. To keep your face appearing natural, fresh, and lovely even while you’re perspiring on hot days, we contacted top makeup artists and our very own experts from the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab for their finest summer makeup suggestions. These tips include looks, brands, and products to wear.
1. Begin with the appropriate moisturiser.
Just as important as the makeup you use on your skin is how you take care of it. According to Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles, “Use an oil-free moisturiser in the morning,” and choose an oil-free foundation formula to go with it. Particularly in the heat, these will be less likely to leave your face greasy throughout the day. So that you know what to look for, the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab has compiled its top selections for face moisturisers.
2. Increase sun protection layers
Along with moisturising it, you should protect your skin from the sun by using wide-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even while you’re wearing makeup. (Putting makeup on top of tanned skin is not enjoyable!)
Every two hours, you should reapply sunscreen, but this can be challenging when you’re out and about, especially if you don’t want to use your hands. Sabina Wireman, a senior chemist at GH Beauty Lab, swears by the sunscreen hack she learned from Erica Whalen, a cosmetics artist, which includes reusing an empty makeup compact:
- An old liquid foundation compact, and cushion can be cleaned with dish soap. Dry off.
- Put the cushion inside the compact and cover it with your preferred face sunscreen.
- Dip a sponge applicator into the cushion and dab it on your face to reapply.
As an alternative, try reapplying sunscreen with a powder that may be sprinkled over your makeup.
3. Invest in a potent makeup primer.
The brief time it takes to apply a makeup primer, which is used after moisturiser but before face makeup, won’t be regrettable. According to celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks in New York City, primers are unquestionably the way to go in the summer. They effectively retain makeup in place without adding an overly heavy layer. Try the No7 Airbrush Away Primer, a Good Housekeeping Seal winner that employs hyaluronic acid to help blur blemishes and smooth wrinkles while keeping your makeup on!
4. Use fewer cosmetics
Say it with us: Less is more if you want to stop your makeup from creasing and caking. “If you can, just use a tinted moisturiser and concealer where you need it,” advises Stiles. The best approach to prevent makeup from moving around in hot weather is to wear less of it.
5. Use bronzer to glow.
“Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin,” claims Troy Surratt, a makeup artist in NYC and the founder of Surratt Beauty, he advises applying bronzer just to the high regions of your face—your forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose—where the sun naturally strikes you to keep the effects looking youthful and natural. (Using too much bronzer and covering every crevice can give you a false, baked appearance, which is a big bronzer mistake.)
The easiest to use and least prone to move around in the summer heat are powder bronzers. Choose one with a variety of hues since they will blend to produce the most realistic-looking effects. If your hair is short or pulled back into a ponytail, you can also use a little bronzer to blend your neck.
6. Avoid shimmer
Everyone enjoys a beautiful, dewy glow, but a healthy glow and an excessive sheen are completely different. “Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin,” suggests Stiles.
7. Ditch the blush powder
Blush brings harmony and healthfulness to any appearance, but if you continue to use the same powdery composition, your flush may become cake-like more quickly than you can get to work in the morning. Stains, according to Stiles, are excellent for lifespan in hot weather. “Apply a gel or blush stain first, then a little cream blush on top of that.” Try Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude A-Blush, winner of the GH Beauty Award. According to one test subject, it’s “like that healthy vibrance your cheeks get after a jog out in the cold, but in a bottle.”
8. Use lip tints instead of thick lipsticks.
For the season’s simplest trend, lip stains, ditch your thick matte lipsticks. These extremely adaptable long-lasting compositions provide sheer coverage that may be ramped up. According to Stiles, stains are great since you can always apply lip balm for moisture without worrying about colour transferring. Try the dual-purpose Dior Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm, winner of the GH Beauty Award, for the best of both worlds. For a classic summer appearance, use soft pink or peach hues. For a daring look, choose tangerine and grape hues.
9. Examine waterproof variations of beloved things.
Enjoy swimming? There are many incredible long-wear makeup options available these days, so don’t worry about developing raccoon eyes. “Invest in a good waterproof mascara, or if your blonde, get your eyelashes tinted,” Stiles suggests. Check out the waterproof makeup that our beauty editors love!
10. Finish with a setting spray at all times.
Applying a cosmetic setting spray to set your look is the last step to making your makeup last all day and night. The Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is suggested by the GH Beauty Lab: According to a tester who participated in assessments.