Makeup to Beat the Heat


Winter may not technically end until March 19, but that’s not stopping Phoenix from heating up and hitting the 80s nearly every day this week…and next. Hotter weather doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your everyday routine.

Here are some tips on the best ways to save your makeup when the temperatures rise.

Go oil-free
Oil is going to be your worst nightmare when it gets really hot outside. As temperatures rise, so does the production of oil in your face. All this excess oil will cause your makeup to slide around and melt right off. So start off your makeup routine with a clean face, using an oil-free face wash.

Use an oil-free moisturizer with SPF in it right after you wash your face. This not only gives you the protection you need from the heat, but it keeps your skin refreshed. Or you can opt for a tinted moisturizer with SPF so you’re getting the protection you need as well as some color. A tinted moisturizer can replace a foundation when it gets really hot.

Prime Prime Prime
If you must use a foundation, make sure you prime your face before you apply it. A primer will help smooth pores and make your skin a flawless canvas to apply the foundation as well as provide staying power. You’ll also want to use a primer on your eyelids if you plan to wear eyeshadows or liner.

If you can, skip foundation
Your best option in the heat is to skip foundation altogether and opt for a bb cream or just concealer. With less product on your face, there’s a lesser chance of it all melting off.

Set with translucent powder
If you choose to wear any kind of all-over face makeup, make sure you set it with a translucent powder. The powder is sheer and colorless, so it won’t mess up the makeup you’re already wearing but it will provide staying power.

Stain not stick
Lipstick not only looks heavier in the summer but the heat also causes it to melt and smear. Not cute. Instead, opt for a lip stain. A stain will stick directly to your lips, rather than sit on top of them. Plus, your lips will look more natural and the color will last all day.

Eyes are the windows…
Your eye makeup will be the easiest part of your look. Start with a pencil liner and then go over the line with a dark eyeshadow, to enhance to color and provide staying power. Then, top off the eyeliner with a couple coats of waterproof mascara, which will last all day and not flake off in the heat.

Set the look
After you’re done applying as little or as much makeup as you want, you have to top the look off with a setting spray. The sprays are designed to keep all makeup products from creasing and in turn, keep you looking fresh all day.

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