9 simple steps to avoid looking like a melting fiasco this summer (3 min read) – http://wp.me/p7hi1Z-6C6
Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Ayesha Farooq
Founder & Owner of: Ayesha’s Beauty Rant
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Beauty and Writing Writer
With each day passing by, we are being hit by more and more heat. And for all my UAE readers, I know the recent post going about regarding the increase in humidity next week is already scaring everyone on how we are going to survive this! We can’t let the heat beat us down, we gotta fight back.
Best solution – just stay indoors with the A/C blowing on your face. Just kidding (maybe not..) but when you do have to step out, I’ve got your back. You no longer have to leave the house flawless and end up looking, well, liquefied!
Just follow these simple steps and keep your makeup game strong:
#1 A flawless canvas is the key to a flawless face
Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, using a moisturizer is mandatory. Keeping the skin well hydrated is essential and it makes for a good start creating a smooth canvas for your makeup routine. These are the moisturizers that work wonders for me (super dry skin) – Chanel Hydra beauty Crème, Shiseido Pureness moisturizing gel-cream, Body Shop Vitamin E moisture cream. Even better is to use an SPF infused moisturizer!
#2 Keep your base strong – A primer is a must!
Priming your face is vital, specially in the summer. It prevents your face from getting shiny and locks in your makeup for long hours. Some of my fav primers are Makeup Forever Step 1 skin equalizers, Makeup Forever UV Prime, YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer. The same goes for the eyes – you want to lock in and prevent creasing.
#3 Toss your foundation for a tinted moisturizer
Less is more. This is the mantra you all want to chant all summer long. More makeup products and layers + blazing heat = cake face. The heat will make you sweat off any heavy foundation you use, switch that for a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation. My top most recommended light-weight foundations is the Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation.
#4 Keep it light
We all love a good contour and highlight. But like I said earlier, less is more. You don’t want to go for a full face of makeup and cake up. Instead of using heavy and deep colors on your face, use a bronzer on the high points of your face – forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin. Lightly brush it on these areas and let it do its magic. Check out Nyx matte bronzer and Benefit hoola matte bronzer.
#5 Goodbye shine
As much as we are all obsessed with highlighters and a dewy skin look, this is the last thing you want to do in the summer. The humidity will make you look sweaty-looking rather than a glowing queen. Instead, opt for a translucent talc free powder (this won’t absorb the moisture from your skin). Gently dust over the T-zone. Don’t pack on a lot (read #6), the aim is not to bake, but to keep the shine out and prevent the makeup from budging. Check out the Makeup Forever HD micro finish powder, it’s one of my favs and leaves your skin silky smooth.
#6 Switch the powders to creams
When powder based products meet with sweat, it is the worst disaster. The ultimate cake-face. Shadows, foundation even blush. Use cream sheer shadows over your primed lids and a cheek tint/stain to give you the flushed look. Take a look at Sephora velvet eyeshadow and L.A Girl velvet contour stick.
#7 Waterproof your lashes
Unless you want to end up with black tear lines, ’cause the sweat is capable of making you look like that, a waterproof mascara is your savior. Not only does it prevent the most-feared, but it also keeps the lashes curled up, specially if you have stubborn flat lashes like mine! Two of my most liked mascaras are the Maybelline lash sensational waterproof mascara and Too Faced Better than sex waterproof mascara.
#8 Tinted balm will be your new BFF
A heavy mattifying lip is not something you want to pick up this summer. Yup, it’s all the rage now but what you need to select is a tinted balm or a sheer version of your fav lipstick. This way you can add your balm to moisturize without the risk of color travel. Another product you’d want to try out is an invisible liner to keep the lipstick from feathering. It’s a waxy formula and the one I like using is Makeup Forever Lip line perfecter.
#9 A setting spray to prevent your face from melting
Just in-case the humidity and sweat battles through the primers and lightweight foundation, finish the face by setting it with a spray. This will ward off a melt-face. Mac prep & prime fix+ and Urban Decay all nighter setting spray will definitely do the trick.
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Article Credits: Ayesha Farooq
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor