Summer Time Make Up Tips & Tricks
The heat and humidity in South Louisiana is definitely one of a kind. We all know that. As a woman, it’s hard to look our best when our hair resembles what would happen if we put our finger in an electrical socket. Or, what about the second we walk outside after putting on a face of makeup and that giant heat wave instantly melts all of your foundation off? This sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well, no need to fret because I’ve provided a few tips that can help you out when you want to get your glam on this summer!
USE A WAX BASED CONCEALER AND FOUNDATION
When picking out a concealer and foundation during your next trip to the beauty store, look for products that are wax based. The wax formulation is a little different than what most of us are used to, but I can assure you that it is awesome! The great thing about a waxy foundation is that it has little to no added oils, resulting in more of a matte finish rather than a sweaty and greasy finish on a hot summer day! I know what you’re thinking — wax based makeup? Won’t that melt off? Good question. The answer is no, it will not. Being that there are a very small amount of oils in this type of makeup, the formulation sits on top of the skin, rather than sinking down into your pores. This results in longer lasting makeup and the best part is that it will not clog your pores!
PRIME PRIME PRIME
Always prime your skin before applying your makeup. This will create a clean canvas for your makeup to go onto. It will also help with the longevity of your look. If you are using a wax based concealer and foundation, stay away from silicone primers. Silicone and wax do not mix well. I compare them to Oil and Vinegar. I always recommend a water-based priming spray with wax based makeup!
LESS IS MORE
I have always been a huge believer in the less is more approach when it comes to applying makeup. Summertime is the perfect season to embrace your natural beauty by only accentuating your most beautiful facial features. Our skin tends to be a little more golden during these sunny months, so we don’t need to cake on the dark makeup! Instead, try using a tinted moisturizer if you’re not interested in wearing a full coverage face of makeup. You can always add concealer to any problem areas such as breakouts, redness, and dark under eye circles.
CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT
Use a medium-brown pigmented bronzer to define your jawline, cheekbones, the sides of your nose, and temporal area that appears to protrude right above your temples. This will create more definition and can give you the appearance of a more structured and angular face. Highlight with a light shimmery bronzer or a specific highlighting pen to accentuate the areas that you want to showcase. These areas of your face typically include the middle of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones, Glabella (the area right above and between your eyebrows) and your Cupid’s Bow (the cute little dip in the middle of your upper lip.)
SET YOUR MAKEUP!
Setting your makeup is a step that a lot of people don’t even know about! Use a translucent powder and lightly dab onto your foundation, concealer, and/ or tinted moisturizer. Not only will this help your makeup last longer, but it will also eliminate shine. Being that the powder has zero pigment in it, you can periodically apply it throughout the day without having to worry about looking orange or too dark! Another helpful setting product is a setting spray. I highly recommend using a spray that is light weight and fragrance free. Many people are allergic to scented makeup, so stay away from setting sprays that smell good, just to be careful. Look for “unscented” or “fragrance free!”
HAIR BALM IS KEY
Apply a small amount of Straightening Hair Balm to your mane if you happen to be the Frizz Queen of the world. This will protect your hair from the heat that the sun puts off and will help maintain straight hair during these ridiculously humid summer months.
DRY YOUR HAIR
I’m actually one of those who does not dry my hair. I sleep on it wet, every single night mainly because I just don’t feel like whipping out the hot tools at night after my shower. I do, however dry my hair if I wash it during the day. If your hair is even the slightest bit damp when you walk outside in the humidity, POOOOFFFF there it goes. At that point, you must embrace the frizz because there’s not much you can do about it. Always make sure that your hair is thoroughly dry before you step out your front door. Try using a diffuser to help smooth the frizz if you tend to be on the curly side.
It’s important to use quality products on your hair for the best results and the most benefits. You can find reasonably priced products in a salon or beauty store, you might just have to look a little harder. When searching for quality hair products, look for those that have a small amount of sulfates in it. Look for products that are rich in vitamins, oils, and minerals that are essential to healthy hair!
NOW YOU ARE READY TO TAKE THIS SUMMER BY STORM!
By: Erin Edmiston
Erin is the owner of The Skin Suite which offers professional skincare products and esthetic services. As a Licensed Esthetician, she truly enjoys helping people look and feel their best. She is a former Miss Louisiana, Top 15 Finalist in Miss USA 2012, and fashion model. To learn more visit: theskinsuitelafayette.com.
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