How-to: Summer-Proof Makeup

Summer is a beauty junkie’s waterloo, makeup-wise. From oily to dry skin, we have but one dilemma as we embrace this sweltering temperature: how to prevent makeup from dissipating, melting and caking. Living in the tropics, I have experimented different ways and whatnot so I am glad to have finally nailed down what works for me. Scroll down for a step-by-step blog-torial!

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After washing your face, spritz with rose or citrus-based toner. Aside from the refreshing aspect, it hydrates and brightens the skin.

While summer brings out the worst in acne-prone or oily skin, the extreme heat zaps out moisture making your skin dry and flaky. Opt for a moisturizer that works according to your skin type. Applying moisturizer also primes the face which allows the makeup to stay in place.

Skip thick liquid or cream foundations during daytime as they tend to cake and grease up, leaving you feeling weary and icky. Instead, choose something with thinner formula such as BB or CC cream with built-in sunscreen and skincare benefits. Use damp beauty sponge by pressing and bouncing it all over the face.

If you need to brighten your under-eyes, apply concealer sparingly and use beauty sponge to blend.

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Now here’s what will make your makeup summer-proof and guaranteed melt-free all day long. Lightly set concealer and BB/CC cream with loose translucent powder using damp beauty sponge. It’s similar to the concept of “baking” but more breathable as you are not packing powder upon powder on the skin. Use large fluffy brush to sweep off the excess.

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For that proverbial summer glow, lightly apply bronzer on the side of your face and temple. Highlight sparingly. Skip contouring; again, you want to look effortlessly chic for the summer.

Apply bronze, gold, copper or taupe eyeshadow. Prime eyes or better yet, use cream-to-powder eyeshadow for better adherence on the lids.

Unless you own a waterproof eyeliner, I’d say skip lining your eyes since it tends to smudge under extremely hot weather. Apply waterproof mascara as you normally would.

Exfoliate and apply lip balm with SPF. If you want heavy-duty lip power without the need to touch up, I suggest using liquid lipstick. Give it some dimension by doing gradient-effect.

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  1. June 20, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    So interesting! I have never heard of applying powder with a beauty blender. Gotta try that!

  2. June 20, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    What a great post, twinsy! It's really hearing up here in LA, and this is the perfect tutorial!

  3. June 20, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    These are great tips. You look gorgeous as always!

  4. June 21, 2016 / 12:30 am

    Love the pictures and how you made this so easy to follow.

  5. June 21, 2016 / 12:37 am

    This was definitely needed today– 116 degrees in LA!

  6. June 21, 2016 / 12:41 am

    These tips will definitely come in handy this summer in South Florida. Living in a tropical climate makes makeup application very tricky!

  7. June 21, 2016 / 2:16 am

    I love that lip color on you!

  8. June 21, 2016 / 2:18 am

    Totally agree with changing formulas for this time of year. I love my Pacifica BB cream topped with MAC Skinfinish. It's perfect for this time of year and doesn't leave my skin feeling suffocated.

  9. June 21, 2016 / 2:47 am

    Beautiful! I use bb and cc cream almost daily and have never tried setting it with a damp beauty blender and powder. Tomorrow!!! Thanks for the tip!

  10. June 21, 2016 / 2:47 am

    I really should try using the loose powder with a damp beauty blender trick. I have seen it mentioned before but hadn't really heard about the benefits

  11. June 21, 2016 / 5:16 am

    Such a great tutorial! I just tried the damp blender tip last week. It seemed wrong with damp in powder, but worked really well.

  12. June 21, 2016 / 6:27 am

    Using a blender to apply loose powder works really well for me! I usually spritz with a makeup setting spray if I want longer hold, but the best way for me to keep my makeup on in the summer is to stay inside in the A/C!

  13. June 21, 2016 / 9:05 am

    You look fantastic! This is a nice tutorial and easy to follow. Am I too old for the mini bake? I swear all I look is dry when I try it.

  14. June 21, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Yass girl! I baked my makeup like that for Father's day and it withstood playing outside in the 90 degree weather.

  15. June 21, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Such a great look and beautiful for the summer months, fresh and stunning, I love it. 😉

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