Great face through July and August? No sweat! These 13 summer makeup secrets are your best bet for a flawless, streak-free look through the year's hottest months.
1. Wear a primer
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2. Use a tinted moisturizer
Whatever you do, avoid liquid foundation; it can become caked on, or worse, melt altogether. Tinted moisturizers are lightweight enough that they won’t make you look like a clown. Check out Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil-Free.
3. Apply powder
You should use a setting powder only in your t-zone. That way you can maintain a summer dewy look. Lightly dust some loose powder on your nose, chin, forehead, and upper lip. We recommend Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Loose Powder SPF 30.
4. Be picky about your concealer
The wrong concealer can leave streaks across your face if you start sweating. Opt for densely pigmented cream concealers, and apply to blemishes with a small brush. DuWop Circle Block is a favorite.
5. Check out multipurpose products
If you don’t want to look overdone, then use a multipurpose product that you can apply to your cheeks, lids, and lips for a simple put-together look. Try Nars Multiple.
6. Use oil blotters
Because the summer heat can make your skin excessively shiny, you should use blotting papers throughout the day to keep your skin looking nice and matte. Check out Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers.
7. Apply lip stains
To prevent your lipstick from bleeding, use lip stains instead of fussing with lipstick and liner. Try Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain.
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9. Apply liquid eyeliner
Kohl pencil eyeliners tend to smudge and melt in the heat, but liquid eyeliners stay put. Try L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner.
10. Choose waterproof mascaras
This is a no-brainer. Heat and sweat can easily smudge and fade regular mascara, but waterproof mascara can withstand all the summer heat and beach waves. A favorite is Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Lengthening Waterproof Mascara.
11. Skip the powdered blush
Once again, powdered blush and sweat don’t mix. The combo often leaves you with streaky skin. You can avoid this pitfall by using a gel blush like Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream.
12. Choose a tinted lip balm
While lip gloss is great to wear, it can get runny and sticky in the sun. Instead, wear a tinted lip balm with a high wax content. That way it won’t melt in your bag or on your mouth. A popular balm is Aveda Lip Tints SPF 15.
13. Wear your hair up
If your hair is down, you’re just asking for sweat and oil to accumulate near your face. So by wearing it up, you reduce the risk of excessive moisture disturbing your makeup.
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A lot of cosmetics don’t hold up to the humidity, sweat, and sunshine of summer. If you follow these hot-weather makeup tips, you’ll be able to keep your cool about how you look all the way to Labor Day.