For many, the Fourth of July weekend marks the height of summer fun (barbecues, poolside hangs what’s not to love?). But if you’re one to wear makeup, your beauty look may pay the price.
Picture it: After more than a few beads of sweat, your forehead may seem practically reflective, your mascara wilting, your concealer creasing and looking cakey.
And that highlighter you spent ample time perfecting in the mirror? Perhaps it’s melting down your face like the condensation rolling down your cool, holiday cocktail.
Saying this doesn’t imply that you can’t take care of business. Everything necessary is a touch of skin prep, alongside a couple of accommodating hacks to nip the perspiration in minutes. Here are five cosmetics craftsman endorsed tips to guarantee your excellence look can take the warmth:
1. Don’t skip the moisturizer
In a humid, sweaty environment, you may deem it rational to skip the moisturizer and dive straight into powdery makeup. But a hydrating base is actually key for making your makeup last:
When your skin becomes too dry, it tends to respond with more oil production and thus, a sweaty face midday. So don’t skimp on the skin care front; a good moisturizer is just as crucial during a hot, humid day as it is during the throes of a brittle winter.
Just be mindful of the types of moisturizers you have on hand. “Opt for the lightest possible moisturizer by day,” says celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno.
2. Apply your base in thin layers
In the warmer months, less is more when it comes to makeup. After all, piling on base layers can look a bit cakey once the formulas mix with sweat. That’s why Patinkin suggests applying your base be it a BB or CC cream, tinted moisturizer, or foundation in paper thin layers.
“The thinner the layers, the less chance there is of your makeup slipping, sliding, and melting when your skin gets warm.”
This is especially true under masks, which we should all be wearing. Thick foundations and creams can not only cause unflattering makeup looks, but it can trigger acne.
3. Prep your skin
Using a water-based moisturiser after cleansing and toning will help even out your skin complexion and give your make-up a clean base to cling to.
“I prefer the Tatcha Water Cream, an oil-free moisturiser that doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky.” says celebrity make-up artist Kalam Chu.
Wait a few minutes between skincare and make-up application to allow the moisturiser to absorb properly into skin and to avoid any residue left on the face. Clumpy make-up is never a good look.
Other water-based moisturisers that we love for sticky summer days are Charlotte’s Magic Cream by Charlotte Tilbury and Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Crème.
4. Moisturize before putting on your makeup
This is another key skin-care step that helps foundation application; you want to find the moisturizer that’s right for your skin’s needs and will complement your base makeup best.
“Taking care of your skin-care is the most important thing, but there may be different levels of richness that are better or worse for you,” explains makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor.
“If your foundation tends to look dry, you may want to switch to a richer cream or face oil.”
However, if you have oily skin and notice your foundation look shiny, try something lightweight and fast absorbing like Saturday Skin Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream.
5. Apply your liquid foundation with a damp sponge.
Makeup artists agree that using a damp sponge is the best way to minimize cakiness. “Tapping a damp sponge, such as the Beautyblender, all over your face will even out the coverage and diffuse the product,” says Camasta.
Gerstein points out that the key to using a sponge is to make sure it’s damp, not soaking wet.
To get the perfect consistency, she recommends using warm water and wringing it out in a paper towel. “Use that sponge to really work the product into your skin so it doesn’t just lay on the surface,” she says.
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6. Layer waterproof and non-waterproof mascaras.
We can’t possibly chat about sweaty makeup without discussing the annoying dilemma that is smudged mascara. To avoid streaky raccoon eyes, you might think to snag a waterproof option.
But many waterproof mascaras do their job too well; it can be quite the hassle to scrub it all off at the end of the day without feeling like you’re plucking lashes in the process.
Here’s what Denno recommends: “First swipe on a few coats of non-waterproof, and finish with a coat or two of waterproof.” By layering a waterproof option on top, you’ll achieve that long-lasting, smudge-free look, but the regular mascara as the foundation makes removing it a breeze.
The result? Full, spidery lashes that withstand the test of time, no scrubbing necessary when the (socially distant) party’s over.