We have been waiting all year for brilliant sunshine and enviable tan lines, but with summer comes heat—and a lot of it. The rising temperature is a welcome warmth when you’re lounging poolside or lapping through the ocean, but when you’re standing on line at Starbucks during your lunch break in the middle of July and can almost feel your makeup dripping from your face, the sticky heat is not welcome. Luckily for you, before the escalating weather can ruin your makeup, we’ve compiled a list of melt-proof must-haves to get you through the summer in style!
When it’s 90 degrees and the sun is shining a little too bright, you don’t want to clog your pores with a mask of foundation. Instead, opt for something lighter, like the Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream. This all-star product packs a powerful punch as it protects your skin from the sun with SPF 30. It also primes your skin and smooths over large pores and uneven texture while hydrating and color correcting (hence why it’s called CC cream) any dark spots or post-acne marks. Because the cream is so lightweight, it will feel less like makeup and more like skin, all while still offering sheer to medium flawless coverage.
Looking like a raccoon will never be trendy, which is why we suggest investing in a good waterproof eyeliner that won’t bleed halfway through the day and give you runny, inky circles around your eyes. The Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil offers 12 hours of wear that will not budge or smudge, even while you’re sweating it out in the summer heat. These pencils come in an array of colors with dense pigmentation that will allow you to play up your eyes without having to worry about the mess later.
The key to keeping makeup on your face is primer, and a good one at that. Benefit Cosmetics has struck gold with their Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer. Unlike most primers that come in a tube or a jar, this fool-proof formula comes in a stick that can be applied directly to the face and worked into the skin with your fingers. A couple of swipes of this primer will protect the natural oils of your skin (and sweat) from breaking down your makeup, giving you flawless skin for up to 15 fabulous hours.
What goes good with a tan? A healthy flush. Josie Maran’s Coconut Water Cheek Gelees are cream/gel hybrid blushes that give your sun-kissed face a natural pinch of color. Made of coconut water and infused with argan oil, these blushes are applied like a gel and dry like a stain, infusing rich pigment and hydration into the skin to give a long-lasting flush that won’t disappear under the summer sun.
– by Amanda Curran