If you’re one of those women who never wears a stitch of makeup and looks stunning regardless, no need to read on.
But if, like many of us, you’ve been known to wear lip gloss to the beach and mascara to the gym, I’ve rounded up the top tips and products to keep you looking oh-so-pretty even as temperatures heat up.
Intense heat calls for makeup that provides coverage, SPF and an uncanny ability not to run. All hail the tinted moisturizer, a fabulous beauty invention that’s especially essential as the weather heats up.
I swear by Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Tinted Moisturizer because it serves up generous coverage and smooth application. Available at Ulta for $14.99 for 1 oz., this tinted moisturizer offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection paired with breathable coverage that conceals imperfections effortlessly.
Should you find yourself in a really hot spot, beware of powder touch-ups this season. Instead, opt for powder-coated blotting papers that reduce excess sebum and stamp out shine. I like Girlfriends BFF Blotting Papers ($6 at girlfriendsbff.com) which I discovered at last year’s Beauty Sample Sale and Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers, $20 at Nordstrom.
During summer months, a smokey eye is bound to become a hot mess, so apply eye makeup with a light hand. Opt for a Waterproof Mascara and, if you must wear eyeliner, it should also be water proof. I prefer a natural eye during the hottest months of the year, think cream-based shadow in near nude shades of pink, peach and tan.
One of the best waterproof mascaras I’ve come across is BadGal Waterproof Mascara; get it for $19 at benefitcosmetics.com. In the drugstore, opt for Maybelline XXL Pro by EyeStudio Waterproof Volume Microfiber Mascara for about $7 at Walgreens.
Most importantly, you absolutely must protect those pretty peepers form the sun’s harsh rays. You’re never too young (or old) to get religious about using an eye cream with SPF. I use Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30 from Clarins ($28 at Sephora). Promising to prevent lines and wrinkles, Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care is an oil-free eye treatment that protects the sensitive eye skin against UVA/UVB without irritating.
While some experts recommend gloss on hot summer days, I say skip it in favor of a lip stain that is sure to last. Smashbox makes a legendary stain called Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm ($23 at Sephora) that’s available in a range of hues from berry, a raspberry, to guava, a bright orange, and beyond. Limitless imparts a tint of color that lasts for hours, doesn’t feather and hydrates lips to boot.
With the right products, you’ll never have to let ‘em see your makeup feather, run, transfer or melt, no matter how hot the weather, or your workout, gets.
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