Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Makeup Tips - Guest Post by Marcela de Vivo

As the weather heats up our usual makeup routine doesn't always cut it. Today our guest blogger Marcela de Vivo has some great tips on how to keep makeup looking fresh during the summer season. 

Summer Heat Makeup Tips The only thing that should be melting this summer is your heart because of all the cherished memories you are going to collect with loved ones. Your makeup, on the other hand, should not be melting.

To get you looking your best this summer, without worrying about everything smearing off, here are a few helpful tips.

1. Use primer

Your skin naturally wants to produce more oil during the summer because it is trying to keep itself moisturized amidst the heat and humidity. Sometimes, that does not work out too well on your face as you end up looking really greasy instead. To combat your skin’s natural response to oil, use a primer.

Primers can be worn alone all over the face, or specifically for the eyes, and it locks in oil, leaving you with a smooth healthy shine. Worn under makeup to absorb oil, it makes your makeup last longer and look more vibrant, so this would be a good investment for those sunny days.

A primer you can splurge on is MAC Pre + Prime Face Protect that has SPF 50 or Laura Mercier Oil free Primer, which doubles as a lightweight foundation. Heavier foundations may not stick well due to the summer’s heat, so it is best to opt for lighter coverage (and use concealer only where needed). For a more inexpensive, but still effective primer, there is Rimmel’s Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer.

 2. Moisturize

Oftentimes, women think that they are over-moisturizing when they see their skin is oily, so they limit the use of a facial lotion. In fact, having dry skin on your face is what contributes to more oil production.

During the summer, moisturize regularly with light facial lotions that contain SPF to help protect your skin from the sun’s rays– this will prevent your skin from producing excess oil or becoming too dry. Don’t forget to cleanse, exfoliate and use toner each day as well!

3. Waterproof Makeup

Leave the wacky makeup to the clowns. For makeup that won’t budge, despite oil and sweat, use waterproof eyeliner and mascara. The brand Maybelline has plenty of options when it comes to dramatic, waterproof and 24-hour eyeliner and mascara.

4. Protect your lips

While you are protecting your face from the summer heat, don’t forget about your lips! It is important to moisturize and shield them from sun damage as well with a lip conditioner that has SPF. When using lipstick, apply lip liner as a protective barrier to keep your lipstick from smudging off your lips.

5. Oil-Absorbing Sheets or Powder

For those touch-ups when you do begin to see oil starting to form on your face, disposable oil absorbing sheets are handy to keep in your purse. Dab oily areas with a sheet to control shine. You can also opt for a pressed or loose powder to manage shine. Just make sure to wash your makeup sponge or brush at least once a week as the oil and dirt from your skin can accumulate on the sponge and transfer everything back onto your skin.

Use any of the makeup products so your face won’t feel overwhelmed, greasy and blotchy. By following these tips, you will not have to be concerned about checking your face every half hour— you’ll be set to have an oil-free, smudge-free summer!

 - Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from California and works with Miami spa, Bellezza Spa. Her writing covers everything on health, beauty, travel and marketing. To beat the heat during the summer, she follows these tips for healthier looking skin.

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