By: Lynn Jenkins
Nothing screams “I’m hot” louder than smeared eye makeup and smudged lipstick. The summer heat and humidity can wreak havoc on your glow, but you can make a few easy changes to your makeup routine to keep your skin — and glow — fresh from day to night.
Start with a Vitamin C Cleanser
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant essential for protecting skin from free radical damage with smoothing and skin-brightening benefits. Cleansing twice daily with Vitamin C when the sun heats up will help keep pores clear and help create a smooth canvas for a lighter makeup application that allows your skin’s natural beauty to show through.
Keep Moisture Light
Keeping skin balanced is key to controlling excess oils and helping makeup stay in place longer no matter what your day brings. Choose a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs quickly, delivers hydration, and helps lock in the skin’s moisture. Mature skin typically needs a bit more barrier protection, so try a Collagen Elastin Moisturizer to help the skin retain its natural moisture levels. Apply twice daily to both face and neck and allow to absorb before applying makeup.
Follow with a Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
Protecting skin from the sun’s harmful rays is vital to your skincare routine, so apply sunscreen liberally! Experts recommend using at least an SPF 30-50 daily for the best and most long-lasting protection.
Include a Primer
Applying an illuminating primer to your skin before makeup application helps to enhance hydration and keep your makeup looking fresher longer. Try blending a small amount of primer with your foundation for a sheer, more natural-looking coverage that is less likely to settle into fine lines.
Powder cheek color can add beautiful highlights to your face, but it can feel a bit heavy in the summer heat and can even settle into fine lines. Try a lightweight creamy cheek color, or blend a touch of your favorite lipstick onto your cheeks for a glow that pulls your look together.
Applying a bronzer can help create a vibrant, youthful-looking complexion and help frame and enhance your features. Brush a sheer bronzer under your cheekbones and jawline for a subtle, more defined profile and healthy-looking, sun-kissed glow.
Excess shine on the forehead, nose, and chin can spoil your dewy glow, so choose a finely milled powder to lightly blot and help bring your “glow” back to a more youthful-looking, natural luminosity.
Complete your fresh summer look with a light, long-wearing lip color. Try a silky, satin finish shade that compliments your complexion and feels comfortable smile after smile.
Summer makeup doesn’t have to be heavy. It’s easy to create your new summer look using your favorite products already in your makeup bag. First, create a smooth, hydrated canvas, blend in a highlighting primer, add a subtle hint of bronzer, perfect your pout and glow!