Summer is officially in full swing. That means vacations, days spent at the pool, and sweating. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of summer, but I still try to enjoy it as best I can. I am an esthetician, so most days I do wear a full face of makeup, but summer heat makes makeup more difficult. On top of the humidity outside, I sit in front a steamer during treatments. By the end of my work day, I can end up looking like a clown if I’m not careful. I get a lot of clients that ask how I get my foundation to last throughout the day and I have come up with a pretty good process. Here is what I do to get my makeup to withstand anything.
1. Primer. Priming your face before you apply foundation is so important for a few different reasons. First of all, your skin is porous and will absorb anything you put on it, including foundation. This leads to clogged pores and breakouts. Primer acts as a barrier between your foundation and your skin. Primer will also help to keep your makeup in place. Throughout the day our foundation tends to move around and crease. When you use a primer, your foundation binds to it and stays in place. The best part about primer is, if you use the right one, it can actually treat your skin while protecting it. My favorite summer primer is the Invisiblur Perfecting Shield from Murad. It is anti-aging, waterproof and contains SPF 30 to keep you protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
2. Apply Foundation in light layers. When you apply the maximum amount of foundation all at once, it has a much harder time setting. Your foundation will most likely crease and look cake-y. When you apply in light layers, it is much easier to control where the product is going. You might even find that you don’t need as much as you thought and save some product!
3. Use a setting spray. Setting spray is very similar to a primer in that it keeps your makeup in place. Think of it like your top coat to your makeup. I highly recommend using the setting spray in between layers of foundation if you do more than one.
4. Use a setting powder. Translucent powder has become my new best friend this summer. I love the Smooth Operator setting powder from Tarte. I got a sample in an Ipsy bag and immediately bought the full size. It gives the perfect matte finish to my makeup without causing me to look cake-y. The best part is that it gives an airbrushed effect when applied with a big fluffy brush. I would be cautious of how much you apply though; a little goes a long way.
Even though this isn’t my favorite time of year, knowing my makeup is life-proof takes a little frustration out of the day. Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!
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