It’s been a few weeks since I blogged consistently. Last month, I started a new job, and I was in Italy for my honeymoon for two weeks (post coming next week). We just returned a few days ago, and I’ve finally recovered from jetlag and gotten back into my routine. A more regular blog schedule will resume soon! Since we’re experiencing the first heatwave of the summer in Philly, I wanted to share this post from last summer on fighting makeup meltdown. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week!
This intense heatwave has got me thinking about how impossible it is to look half decent when you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Time for a post on fighting makeup meltdown! Let me start by saying that nothing — no product, technique, or miracle from the heavens above — will stop your makeup from slipping if you’re sweating. But there are products that can help, and steps you can take to prevent your face from turning into a Slip N’ Slide after two minutes outdoors.
Start by applying a primer all over your face. It smooths out your complexion and gives makeup a base to which to adhere. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36) is a classic because it works beautifully and makes makeup go the distance.
In the heat, nobody wants to pile on makeup that’s just going to cake anyway. Skip the foundation and opt for something lighter, like a BB cream. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ($13) is a hardworking option that won’t break the bank. The creamy formula glides on skin to even out tone and conceal imperfections, and it’s a multitasker, so you can cut down on using other skincare products. Another great option: tinted moisturizer. For an allover glow, mix in a dab or two of a cream or liquid luminizer before applying.
Concealer is one of the trickiest products to work with in hot weather. Chances are, it’s going to move, and you’re going to have to occasionally touch it up (dabbing it lightly with your fingertip will do). Maximize its potential by picking a long-wear formula like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (18), which comes in all of the shades of MAC’s foundations.
In summer, bronzer is essential for a sun-kissed look. A long-lasting powder will help your bronzer stay exactly where you applied it, even when you start to wilt in the heat. MAC Temperature Rising Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder ($30) is a gorgeous, finely-milled powder with almost no shimmer, so you can use it to contour, too.
Read on for more tips on weather-proofing your look.