Some of you may know that some months back I began a Hot Weather Beauty Series, the intention being to feature products that I’ve tested in the hot, humid climate of my home. While I have every intention of continuing the series (it’s hot here year round, after all), I thought might be useful to take stock of the products I’ve reviewed so far as well as offer some of my “go-to” strategies for helping your make-up hold up. Before I begin, I want note a few things. As we headed into Summer (well not everyone, in some places in the world it is Winter), posts on “humidity” proof makeup, how to make sure your makeup doesn’t melt off etc. were quite popular. So this post might seem like it’s late to the game, sorry. Secondly, I should make clear my perspective when it comes to makeup for the hot weather. I live where it’s hot. Summer is not once a year for us, it’s always hot or at least warm. I’m not on vacation, this isn’t a holiday. Why did I just say all of that? Well because this is not going to be a post about “less is more” and only wear a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. I’m approaching this from the position of someone who likes to wear a full face of makeup (most days) and who has to do this where it’s hot. Don’t get me wrong, there are days I go without makeup and days I go lighter. And of course, I change up my colours and some of my products in the Summer, because, well, it does get even hotter. However, I work in a professional environment and I like to get done up. Also, when those Fall/Autumn or Winter months roll around and in other parts of the world most are switching to a fuller face of make-up…heck, I want to as well. But I’ve got the heat to contend with. So, yeah, I’m looking for a strong, full, base that won’t melt off. With all that being said, these are some of the ways in which I achieve this. Some of these you probably already know and are common sense, but I thought I’d share anyway.
1) Consider a moisturizer/sunscreen combo. Ok. I know I just said that this wouldn’t necessarily be a post about “less is more” but there is something to be said about using as few layers as possible. If you’re skin isn’t too dry, I would suggest skipping a separate moisturizer and sunscreen and looking for a product that can achieve both. I’ve reviewed some in my Summer Essential SPF series, in which I also discuss how they wear under foundation, if you want to check it out. However, if you’ve got a sunscreen that you already love, but want something extra in your morning skin routine, I would suggest switching out your moisturizer for a serum and just doing the serum plus sunscreen.
2) Use a tacky base and/or mattifying primer. Most of us with oily skin already use some sort of mattifying primer. But the best ones are also really tacky helping everything else you place on top of it really cling. These types of products can also help those with drier skin, just make sure you put a good moisturizer on underneath. I like Murad’s Oil Control Mattifier Lotion which is extremely tacky. If you are really oily and don’t plan to be in direct sunlight, this could be your moisturizer/sunscreen and primer all in one as it has an SPF of 15. But I wouldn’t use it as my only source of sun protection because the SPF is on the lower end.
3) Make your base water-resistant. Use a water-resistant foundation or create one using other water resistant products. There are many foundations out there which claim to be water resistant and sweat proof and finding a good one will be a bit of trial and error. Given that I prefer a medium to fuller coverage, the best one that I’ve come across so far is the Clinique Stay Matte Foundation. There are others that are also good (Kat Von D, Revlon Colorstay) but nothing, for me, has compared to the Clinique. You could sweat buckets and it will remain in tact. However, sometimes the foundation alone, no matter how good, isn’t enough. Or you may have a foundation you already love but isn’t so sweat proof. For both situations, I like to use a product that is super water resistant to support my base. So going back to Tips 1 (and 2) – this could be a water-resistant sunscreen or some other similar product. The good ones “transfer” their water resistant qualities to the rest of your makeup. If you can find one that’s also tacky, even better. The most amazing such product that I’ve come across is the Stila Bronzing Balm.
4) Wax is your friend. Products containing wax or wax-like properties will help things stay in place. This includes everything from eye brow products to lip products. Using a waxy eye pencil or straight up eye brow wax tends to help with the moisture and humidity far more than powder alone. When I say lip products, I am thinking of primer type products like the recently reviewed Ardency Inn Lip Primer, which helps you lip product stick to your lips. Clear, waxy lip liners like the No Bleeding Lips Liner also work.
5) Use a setting spray to seal in your make-up. I am a believer in setting sprays. In my humble opinion, Kat Von D makes the best one.
6) Take your silicone with you. Some of us use silicone based primers and other similar products underneath our foundation. But did you ever think to bring it with you for touch ups? Some companies make a compact version to make it easier for you (Mally’s Skin Defender and Covergirl’s TruMagic Skin Perfector). If you find your make-up/foundation shifting on your face at some point during the day, instead of breaking out the powder, or before touching up with powder/blotting papers, dab a little bit of your silicone based primer on those areas. I find this especially helpful for the dreaded sunglass marks I get above my cheeks where the glasses pressed against my skin breaking down the foundation. A little gentle blending with the tiniest amount of silicone primer, and its like it was never there.
So I hoped this Hot Weather Beauty round-up has be somewhat helpful, even if most of it is common sense and established information, I at least wanted to share what products work for me. Have a great day everyone and stay cool! 🙂