With the sweaty summers creeping up, you need to think about transitioning your make-up routine. Here are some make-up tips that I always recommend to fight the heat and protect your beauty.
When it comes to your summer make-up routine, your first instinct might be to reach for a lighter, sheer foundation. In fact, most of us would like nothing more than to go bare-faced without layers of makeup in the scorching heat but the sad truth is, not all of us are blessed with flawless skin. If the sweaty glow was a trend, we would be killing it.
But, it isn’t!
So, in comes the make-up.
In summers, 60 minutes of prepping, blending and tapping goes down the drain the minute you step outside. The only mantra that works is prime, prep and prime again!
Good skin comes with good care. The basic rule of a flawless makeup surface comes with a well-prepped and moisturised skin. You don’t need to drown your face in some cream-based formula. Instead, use just a pea-sized amount of an oil-free moisturiser and apply it gently all over your face. Let it sit for a few minutes.
Primers are your BFFs in summers. They not only provide a smooth surface for foundation but also create a barrier to avoid break-out and sine. Use a generous amount along your T-Zone, as well as other places that easily become shiny.
Spot-treat your shiny areas
Instead of putting layers after layer to conceal, it is best to spot, conceal and treat your trouble areas alone. Also, the best way to deal with shiny areas is to blot them before they ruin the rest of your face.
Carry a translucent blotting powder in your bag for touch-ups. The translucent formula has no pigmentation, so the makeup won’t go patchy or cakey.
Pat some powder on
You can use a concealer with translucent powder, cream contour with bronzer and so on. You can even powder your lip by dusting a small amount of setting powder with a brush. This will give you a mattifying effect and your lip colour will last a whole lot longer.
Invest in long-wearing formulas
Here’s a secret: Even celebs sweat!
But we don’t get to see that. Partly because they have a makeup artist with them and partly because of their high-end makeup products.
The key to wearing a long-wearing waterproof foundation is to start with a dot on your forehead, cheeks, and chin, then build your coverage as needed.
Use Blotting papers
An easy and low-maintenance way to dab away oil during the day is to keep blotting papers on hand at all times.
This will remove the excessive top layer of oil that can cover the face during the day and keep your complexion light and dewy.
The 10 Best Sweat-Proof Foundations: Perfect For Summers
I have hand-picked the top 10 long-lasting, sweat-proof and double-wear, stay-in-place foundations that you should use in summers. Lock in your look with a setting spray or powder to help your make-up withstand a day of activities:
· Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation
· Dior’s Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation
· Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
· Maybelline New York Super Stay Foundation
· Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Encre De Peau Foundation
· Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
· Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation
· NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
· L’Oreal Paris Infallible Liquid Foundation
And here is what I would recommend as a make-up tip.
Avoid using loud and contrasting colours. You can use colours which are cool, soft, neutral and refreshing, to give you a natural look that will still highlight your facial features.
Eye Colours – Champagne, Soft candy pink, Opal, Lilac, Pewter, Gray, Blue grey, Slate, Aqua, Soft teal, Cocoa and Nudes
Eyeliners colours – Amethyst, Granite, Dark blue, Brown
Cheeks colours – Candy pink, Soft mauve, Light rose, Light peach and Natural skin shade
Lip colours – Light and soft colours of pink, mauve, rose, light brown nudes
Shafayra Ahmed is the founder of Fira’s Make Up Academy based in Mumbai.