With plenty of heat and humidity heading our way, it’s a good idea to invest in cosmetic products that will stay put in the face of moisture and high temperatures throughout the summer months. Whether you’ll be spending the summer lounging by the pool or traipsing along the hot city sidewalks, it’s always valuable to have makeup that’s lightweight, waterproof, and not prone to melting off your face.
Let’s start with the basics: foundation. In the heat of summer, liquid foundation can feel heavy and stifling. You also risk it running if you find yourself getting a little dewy, shall we say. Instead, try an oil-free tinted moisturizer – like NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42.00) or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($42.00) – for a lighter-weight way to even out skin tone. These great tinted moisturizers give a bronzed glow, protect from harmful UV rays, and hold up in the heat.
Now, let’s talk eyes. It’s never fun to realize that, because of sweat or humidity, makeup has pooled into raccoon-like rings around your eyes. In wet conditions, it’s a good idea to use a waterproof primer that will hold additional eye makeup in place, preventing it from creasing and running. Lancôme Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolor Base ($25.50) is a great choice, providing an effective foundation for making your eye makeup stay where it belongs.
Once you’ve got your base, look for eye shadows, eyeliners, and mascaras that are waterproof. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow ($19.00) is a great option for giving lids all-day, moisture-friendly color. Then, try Dior’s waterproof Crayon Eyeliner ($29.00) and Lancôme’s Hypnose Waterproof mascara ($26.00) to give eyes long-lasting, smudge-free definition.
Worth mentioning is also Make Up For Ever’s award-winning line of remarkably versatile waterproof cosmetics – useful if you don’t want to invest in a full range of waterproof makeup items. Aqua Cream ($23.00) functions as eye shadow, blush, or lip color, comes in a fun array of 25 colors, and promises to resist even the most extreme conditions. Aqua Eyes ($18.00) is a waterproof pencil that doubles as eyeliner and eye shadow, and also boasts 25 color options.
Remember – waterproof cosmetics won’t come off easily with just soap and water. You will need a waterproof makeup remover like Make Up For Ever’s Sens’Eyes ($24.00) or Philosophy’s Just Release Me ($18.00) to remove even the toughest, longest lasting waterproof cosmetics at the end of the day.
And always, while enjoying the sun, it’s paramount to protect your face from dangerous, damage-causing UV rays. In the summer, use a sunscreen lotion that’s lightweight, long lasting, and can hold up in wet conditions. Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 ($30.00) is a non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly and leaves you break-out free. It also contains pomegranate extract, which floods skin with a boost of anti-oxidants that repair and fight against UV damage and signs of aging. For something with a higher SPF, try Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen – available in SPF 45 or 60 ($15.00). Also oil-free, this sunscreen will absorb quickly and won’t clog your pores.