Wearing makeup in the spring/ summer is a hard time for most of us! Living in Florida it’s humid I feel like 90% of the time so wearing makeup isn’t always the easiest thing to do.
With these humid months around the corner, I’m often asked: “how to wear makeup during the summer?” Now me being sarcastic I’d tell you, you don’t, but we know that can’t always happen.
Here’s some tips and tricks I’ve learned living in Florida and wearing makeup.
Use a Effective Cleanser
Cleanser is going to be a crucial step in pretty much everything. Kinda like the saying happy wife happy life, that’s how I treat my face.
When it comes to cleansing my face in the morning, I keep it simple. When it comes to prepping your face for makeup, you want to think, less is more.
I have super oily skin so I lean towards a mild exfoliant every wash. This is of course personal preference and if you have dry or sensitive skin this may not be the best for you. You would want to wash with exfoliating soaps once or twice a week.
If you’re interested in reading the changes I’ve made to my skincare routine you can find that post here.
Tone your face
When it comes to warmer weather the biggest thing is you want to keep things simple and minimal. After washing apply a toner to your face and neck.
Why toner is important?
1. It shrinks your pores
2. It helps restore your skins ph balance
3. Adds a layer of protection
4. It helps moisturize your skin
5. It refreshes the skin
With the benefits above toning, your skin only makes sense. Favorite toners are rose water, cucumber, and lavender. Here’s where things can get tricky, not every toner is going to work wonders for your skin.
I switched my toner from the Mario Badascu to a much cheaper and more refreshing rose water. Find one that has less chemicals and is a pure as possible. The last thing you want is to add to the oiliness feeling.
You may want to skip moisturizing your face in humid weather, but this can actually leave you more frustrated in the end, here’s why.
The summer sun can both dehydrate and damage the skin, causing premature aging and your skin will produce more oil.
You don’t have to always associate moisturizing with creams, instead try a water-based moisturizer. Applying a water-based moisturizer helps your skin lock in moisture and replenish nutrients. Water doesn’t stick to the skin like oil does so this will also help prevent clogging your pores and causing breakouts.
Don’t Skip on Primer
If you have a hard time with your makeup in the summer, this can be why. Primer gives your makeup a flawless appearance, helps makeup last longer, smooth the skin’s surface, and even out the skin tone.
Build up Coverage
The most significant change you should make for the summer months is lighter foundation coverage. I toss my makeup brush to the side during the summer months and use the sponge. The sponge helps control the amount of foundation you apply to your face and leaves your application smooth.
If you can stand it, try a BB bream and build up the coverage. A plus with BB creams is there is built in sunscreen, which is a must have for the summer.
Set your foundation with Powder
Powder is almost your best friend, it’s part of the three best friends that a girl can have. By setting your foundation with powder your adding a layer of protection, you can think of it as a blotting sheet for your face.
When you first apply your foundation, it’s tacky and feels like you applied a thick layer to your skin. When you gently pat powder over your foundation, it dries everything and sets the foundation in its spot.
Not sure which powder to use? I went into depth on the different types of powder in this post.
Use a Setting Spray
The purpose of using a setting spray is to help prevent your makeup from smudging, creasing, or fading quickly. When you find the right setting spray for you, you will be surprised how easy it is to wear makeup year round.
I keep a travel size in my purse at all times and this is one thing you wont want to be without during the summer .
Keep Blotting Sheets Handy
Blotting sheets keep your skin from becoming shiny. By gently pressing the paper into your skin, this will absorb the excess oil that’s causing the shine.
Here’s a tip, don’t purchase these. Use a clean unused toilet liner as a blotting sheet, or you can use Starbucks napkins. Not sure why but Starbucks napkins soak up oil like a pro! Try it next time!
Don’t Touch up with a Brush
After blotting the oil off your skin you may see some areas you want to touch up. Avoid sweeping a brush across your entire face. Instead use a sponge and touch up the spots that need it. Dab your sponge into your powder and gently pat the powder into your skin.
Summer makeup is all about dewy, highlighted, bronzed skin but most importantly its about finding what works best for your skin. Keep in mind that less is more for the summer months and its okay to be a little oily. Actually its impossible not to be but with a few tricks you can keep the oil under control!
Let the summer months begin!