Beat the Heat: How to Avoid Common Summer Makeup Dilemmas

There is nothing worse than getting all dolled up for a summer soiree only to have your makeup melt off your face the second you set foot outside your crisp and cool air-conditioned home. Keeping your face fresh and smudge-free can be challenging during the summer months. But I have some tips and tricks, along with product recommendations, that will help you look and feel your best during the stickiest of days.



Fresh Faced

A fresh, makeup-less face is always the safest option on a hot, humid day. Nothing will smudge, smear or melt off your face. But, it can be challenging to go completely bare, so stick with the basics. Use a concealer under your eyes and to cover any dark spots, acne or scars. I recommend MakeUp Forever Ultra HD Concealer and Milk MakeUp Flex Concealer. Both of these products can be found at Sephora.





Stick with Silicone

If a touch of concealer isn’t enough coverage, stick with a lightweight, silicone-based option. Silicone will prevent the foundation from trickling down your chin or clogging up your pores. In addition to going on silky smooth, silicone-based products are often water-resistant, so they will stay strong and in place despite the heat and humidity. Smashbox Studio Skin 15-Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation offers medium to full coverage, is lightweight and hydrating. There are a ton of color options, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding the perfect match.



Smashbox Studio Skin 15-Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin 15-Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation



Sweat x Powder

Sweat and powder just don’t mix. Powder eyeshadow and blush can lead to an unwanted, cakey look on your skin. To avoid this, stick with a cream blush and shadow during the summer months. For blush, try M.A.C. Cremeblend. This formula goes on sheer but can be layered to your desired intensity. It is easy to blend, offers medium coverage and will give your skin that enviable, dewy finish.


As for eyeshadow, look to Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream shadow. Not only will these colors last, but they are filled with skin-loving ingredients, including SPF, which is an absolute must for your skin.



Stop the Shine

A soft, dewy glow is completely different from a greasy shine. During the thick of summer, the latter seems almost unavoidable, but it’s not. Finish off your look by dusting a translucent loose powder across your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin and area circling the mouth), like MakeUp Forever’s HD Microfinish Powder. This powder vanishes once it hits the skin while setting makeup, evening skin tone, minimizing the appearance of pores and fine lines and ridding your face of any unwanted shine. You can pick this up at Sephora, along with a fluffy brush for application.


Make Up Forever Microfinish powder

MakeUp Forever Microfinish powder



Of all the skincare routines and makeup products, including those listed above, if you don’t have a great sunscreen, stop what you’re doing and make purchasing one your number one priority. Sunscreen is the most important part of any skincare regime. Not only does it protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it is the best anti-aging product you can buy. Try Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender SPF 45. This non-chemical formula works to strengthen and moisturize your skin while blocking environmental irritants and those pesky UV rays.


Dr Andrew Weil Mega Defense SPF 45

Dr. Andrew Weil Mega Defense SPF 45


Find all of these products and more make-up essentials at Sephora, located on the second floor of the Somerset Collection near the North Parking Structure.