Summer heat can make lips look sadly sticky, smudgy and utterly unsmooth — not very sexy, in short. You can change that with a few tweaks to your lip routine.
- Prime them — Priming lips with a balm can be a savior in summer, creating a plumper, smoother palate that resists the little cracks that can ruin everything. Apply a layer of lip primer or lip balm, preferably something with SPF built in, before you do anything else.
- Go light — Deep, dark colors that look gorgeous in autumn can look totally out of place in summer. They can also magnify any creases, smudges, stickiness or other imperfections that may result from heat and humidity. For the hot times, consider something light and sheer. A gloss or tinted lip balm can summarize your lips instantly.
- Set them (if you must) — If you insist on wearing lipstick, set it with powder so it sticks around for more than 10 minutes. Apply the color, dust lips with powder, and then swipe on another light coat of color. It will help hold everything in place when you start to sweat.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, adjusting your makeup for summer can be a refreshing change. Just remember to lighten up, cut down on oil and make powder your BFF. You may find yourself sticking to the lighter, fresher look and feel all year long.
Daily makeup rituals can become second nature. It might take years of practice and experimentation to finally settle into something that works, and rocking the boat can seem almost counterproductive, even when your face starts falling off in a streaky mess around high noon.
Fear not: Switching up your makeup for the summer months can be not only aesthetically rewarding, but also a renewing experience you come to appreciate. Like spring cleaning, only for your face. And in summer.
Here, some tips to help you look great through the heat, humidity, sweat and oil that make summertime makeup maintenance so very tricky. It’s really not too hard to make the transition if you keep a few commandments in mind. No. 1: Don’t add oil. No. 2: Do add powder. And No. 3: Go light all around.
Summer heat means increased oil production and, by extension, increased shine and slickness, which can result in your base layer looking heavy, feeling greasy and literally slipping off. The No. 1 way to avoid such unappealing effects is to generally lighten up. Try some of these changes:
- Remove some layers — The moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging lotion and foundation that keep you looking smooth and supple in winter most likely keep you hot and heavy in the summer. So cut some of that weight by switching to a combo product, like a lightly tinted, SPF, anti-aging moisturizer, or a foundation with anti-aging nutrients and moisture-control built in. And if you can get away with a few dabs of concealer in place of all-over foundation, do it.
- Add a primer — Applying a face primer before your makeup will help hold everything in place once you start glistening.
- Go oil-free — If you have oily skin, you probably use oil-free products year round. If you tend toward dry, however, summer means a change. Your skin naturally produces more oil in the hot season, so you want to make sure you’re not adding any artificially. Try switching to oil-free versions of the moisturizer, foundation or primer you use daily.
- Self-tan — Consider a natural-looking self-tanning lotion on your face to reduce the need to apply any color that, unlike an artificial tan, can melt in the heat.
- Powder up — In the summer months, powder is your best friend. It absorbs oil and helps maintain a matte finish. Switch to powder blush rather than cream, and after you finish with concealer or foundation, dust a light coating of translucent powder over everything.