Meltproof Summer Makeup

5 Jul 2015

Now that the summer is finally here, I admit to finding my makeup routine very tedious, especially in the sweltering and warm weather. I'm definitely not complaining though... who doesn't love relaxing by the pool or taking a day trip to the beach? Add a fruity cold beverage and some ice cream and you've got the perfect summer day. I'm just making myself jealous here. Although I'm not a makeup professional by any means, I thought I would share some of my holy grail beauty products and tips for the summer to avoid those melted makeup mishaps and to keep yourself looking fresh and cool in the hottest of temperatures!

One of the worst feelings is a caked up and heavy face... Am I right? Makeup and summer naturally don't get along very well but that doesn't always have to be the case! I know you're probably thinking "Who wears makeup if they are going to the beach?" And you definitely don't need to. There are no makeup police so if au natural is what you aim for then by all means do that. Personally speaking, I feel so much better knowing that I look somewhat decent even though I feel like the sweaty mess. You do you boo boo.

One of the most important tips that I can offer you is to wear SPF. I'm not here to mother anybody but I can't stress how important wearing an SPF on your face is. I wouldn't recommend slapping any old sunscreen on the face as they could clog pores and cause irritation. If you are going the sunscreen route make sure that it's specifically for your face. Many foundations and face lotions also include SPF! I prefer this method to get a little bit more hydration for my drier skin. I'm currently using a Revlon Photoready BB cream when I know I'll be going out into the sun for long periods of time and it's wonderful. It also adds a little bit of coverage so there isn't a need to apply as much foundation. Also, make sure that you are drinking lots of water when out in the sun to avoid getting heat stroke or dehydration. Your skin will thank you in the long run!

  • Foundation: Covergirl CG Smoothers All-Day Hydrating Makeup
  • Concealers:  Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, and Maybelline FaceStudio Master Concealer 
  • Powder: Wet 'n' Wild Coverall Pressed Powder
  • Bronzer: Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 320 (Honey Beige)
  • Blush: The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Blush in 01 (Petal)
I love experimenting with different brands in both the drugstore and higher end but I've found myself constantly going back to this little gem of a product. The CoverGirl CG Smoothers foundation is water-based and super hydrating on my dry skin! It has light but buildable coverage making it perfect for the humid and hot weather and lasts forever once it's set. Since the foundation offers a lighter coverage and I have some serious panda eyes, I like to go in with a few concealers to brighten everything up and convince the public that I actually sleep. I will first use a few layers of the Garnier Skin Renew Concealer which is a dream. The metal ball is so refreshing under the eyes and brightens up my dark circles even the darkest of circles. For extra coverage I usually use either my MAC Pro Longwear or Maybelline FaceStudio Concealers and let me tell you... these bad boys do not budge at all!! The only downside is that you have to be careful with the amount you use or else you'll be fine line city. After everything is on, I set my face with a little bit of powder. This Coverall Pressed Powder is only about three dollars and does the job just as good any pricer one would! I'm not the oiliest of people but my face stays Matte for a long time after I use this.

To add some color back into my freakishly pale skin, I've been using a darker pressed powder and this baked blush from The Body Shop. It's a struggle to find a bronzer that doesn't make pale skin look dirty but this pressed powder is perfect! The shade I have is Honey Beige and it leaves my skin looking naturally skin kissed which I love! I have both shades of this Baked-To-Last blush that I bought for a couple of dollars randomly but I definitely have been preferring the Petal shade. It gives my skin the prettiest flush of color with a the perfect amount of shimmer. It's very pigmented so apply with a light hand or else you'll look feverish. It also has a build in highlighter that I have been applying to the apples of my cheeks to give me a dewy and healthy glow.

  • Eyeshadow Primer- I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
  • Eyeshadow: BH Cosmetic It's Judy Time -Limited Edition- Eyeshadow Palette
  • Eyeliner- L'Oreal Carbon Black Linear Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black
  • Mascara- L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara in Blackest Black and Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara in Very Black
I try to keep things very simple and natural in the summer unless I have to go somewhere fancy. (I usually don't if I'm being honest here). I love using this eyeshadow palette from BH Cosmetics because you can create endless looks that are both natural and dramatic. The shadows are all very pigmented and apply very smooth and evenly with a brush or fingers if you are lazy like I am sometimes. They last quite a long time on their own but for extra insurance, I love throwing a little of the Essence Eyeshadow base under them. Pencil Eyeliners tend to smudge and move around in hot weather so I recommend using a good liquid eyeliner like the L'Oreal Carbon Black Felt Tip Liner. This seriously doesn't budge which makes it perfect for any weather! I always finish off my makeup with a couple of coats of mascara or else I feel naked. I've been loving a combination of the Clump Crusher Mascara and Shocking Extensions Mascara! It gives my lashes a little extra length and volume without looking spidery and has never flaked out on me. The best part is that the CoverGirl mascara is water resistant so it's perfect for the pool or beach! Bonus.

  • Milani Color Statement Lipstick in 15 (Hot Pink Rage)
  • Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in 07 (Natural Beauty)
  • Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in 01 (Coral Calling)
  • Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in 16 (I Am Yours!)
  • L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in 181(Sheer Linen)
I love my lipsticks, anybody who knows me will tell you that! However, I'm not the biggest lipstick wearer in the summer because I find them to be sticky and heavy. I have been getting around this by creating a tinted lip balm out of them so that I don't have to give them up completely for the summer! I find myself reaching for fun colors like brighter corals and pinks because they just scream summer to me. However if I'm going for a more natural look I will wear a muted pink or nude color. To make my tinted balm, I've been using my EOS Smooth Stick Lip Balm in Strawberry Sorbet and adding a little bit of lipstick over top. This adds the prettiest splash of color to my summer looks but never feels heavy and keeps my lips soft and moisturized!

Do you have any summer favorites or tips you'd like to share? List them below!

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