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Apr 28 2009

Help! I’m melting!

In the dirty Jerz we’re having quite a heat wave – in the 90s since Saturday!!

My first thought – aside from oh-my-God-it’s-skin-bearing-weather-ALREADY?! – is hmm. How do I keep my makeup from melting off my face?!

Moisturizer

I’ve been using two moisturizers in winter to help keep my skin hydrated. Prior to the Clinique Redness Solutions regimen (which has a base redness relief moisturizer, and an SPF 15 green-tinted moisturizer), I was using (I.D. BareEscentuals) Rare Minerals Nourishing Facial Moisturizer and Eucerin Redness Relief SPF 15 green-tinted moisturizer.

In summertime, I need to ditch one of my two moisturizers, and apply it with light fingers. Too much moisturizer = oily-looking skin.

Obviously, I want to use the green-tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.

Primer

On a CBS video online, from 2007, makeup/fashion/hair expert David Evangelista gave some great tips for melt-free makeup – use gel-based products. This includes using a makeup primer before applying any color. The most popular primer I know of among friends and acquaintances is Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It comes in various shades – and theres even one with an SPF! – and feels velvety on your skin.

I’ve used this and I.D. Bare Escentual’s Prime Time. I’ve always applied them using my fingers; I’d like to give it a try using a brush. It’s supposed to fill in lines and pores but I always feel as if my pores are exaggerated when I use primer. But Evangelista said a brush or a sponge is the best way to apply for an even finish, so I’ll give that a go before I find a good home for my Prime Time.

Foundation

No matter what foundation you use, going sparingly in summer might be the best way to prevent a melt-down. Touching up spots vs. applying foundation all over might be a good compromise. You could also blend some of your foundation with some of your moisturizer to make more like a tinted moisturizer (and skip the primer)! You want to use oil-free foundations, friends!!

Oh, and just a side note here…I’ve hear many women say they use a darker shade of foundation in summer vs. winter. Make sure your makeup matches your sunkissed glow!

Finishing facial touches

I noticed that the last three days what has made the difference in my makeup application endurance is whether I use I.D. Bare Escentual’s Mineral Veil. Dusting on either regular Mineral Veil or Illuminating Mineral Veil (formerly Feather-Light… for a shimmer!) will help my foundation and blush stay put.

Eyes

Best thing I can tell you about your eyes is…use Urban Decay Primer Potion! Or if you have another eye primer that works, use it! Dust your eye shadow with finishing powder like a Mineral Veil. I would not recommend water-based eyeliners (like adding water to powder eye shadow). Wax pencils melt into my eyelid crease but I tend to use them all-year-round anyway. Evangelista recommends gel-based eyeliners. Try this one – Pur Minerals Pur Intensity or this one, Stila Smudge Pots… or this one, too: Bobbi Brown Long-Wearing Gel Eyeliner. I’ve heard good things about the Bobbi Brown eyeliner, but I have yet to try a gel! Perhaps this is the summer to do so. I scored a free Pur Minerals gel eyeliner in black a bit ago and I haven’t used it yet!

Mascara

Not to be forgotten…mascara. If you don’t want to look like a racoon with black smudges on your lower lid/undereye from your eyelashes , then use a waterproof mascara!

Cheers to a melt-proof summer!

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  • TY

    These are GREAT tips! I hate coming home from a long day of work or night out and seeing my eyeshadow cake-y in the creases of my eyes and racoon eyes from my eyeliner/mascara. I love the Urban Decay Primer Potion!!! (I need to get more.) It really works for an all day last.

    I have a vacation coming up and typically wear a shimmery eye shadow and waterproof mascara to the beach. At times, if my skin wasn’t at its clearest, I use foundation and coverup to hide any blemishes. I was wondering if you had any additional recommendations for those who prefer light makeup while on the beach and in the ocean that lasts and also provides a bit of sunscreen? Thanks!!!