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?!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!!!