In almost all aspects, summer is a fantastic time of the year. The sun is bright, your social calender is full, and all of that Vitamin D keeps you in a good mood. Makeup lovers, however, know the one big downside to summer: trying to keep your foundation looking it’s best. The heat causes you to sweat, which smears and smudges your foundation. The humidity makes that makeup feel caked on and heavy. It is not a fun time of year for your face…or is it? There are a few easy foundation tips you can use this summer to help ease the burden your foundation can put on you.
Start With A Primer, Set With A Powder
During the winter months you might be able to wear your foundation alone, but during the intense summer heat and humidity, you need a little help. It is essential that you find a fabulous powder that works well for you, and that you remember to always use it to set your foundation. A powder will not only help to set your foundation (which means it is much more likely to stay where it is supposed to) but it also adds extra coverage and absorbs excess oils.
Simply setting with a powder may be enough for most skin types, but if you have oily skin, you will most certainly need to begin with a primer. You need to use a primer before applying your foundation. It basically helps to create a clean canvas onto which you can easily apply your foundation. All skin types can benefit from a primer, but for oily skin types, it is a necessity.
Check The Label Before You Buy
Don’t buy a foundation before fully reading the label. If you aren’t sure what you should be looking for, check this out :
- Make sure the foundation is good for your skin type
- The foundation should closely match your natural skin coloring
- Read the ingredients and make sure it does not contain anything you are sensitive to
- Check to ensure the foundation is non-comedogenic and oil-free (essential for your summer go-to foundation)
If you find a good foundation, well suited to your skin type, there is no need to add layer after layer. One should be sufficient for most people, and two should be optimal for those with serious skin imperfections. This is especially true if you remember to start with a primerand set with a powder. These two items will help to give you a bit of extra coverage so that less foundation is actually needed. Remember that the heavier you apply your makeup, the heavier it is going to feel, and the more likely that it will smear or smudge on you.
Those are our three foundation tips for keeping your makeup looking great (and feeling great) throughout the hot summer months. If you have anything you’d like to add, or if you have any questions for us, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!Author bio: Amanda is a makeup and skincare fanatic and author of SkincareHQ.org where she shares her thoughts and experiences. When Amanda isn’t writing about beauty, she enjoys travelling and day dreams of visiting France. Questions or comments for Amanda? Feel free to connect with her @Skincare_HQ on Twitter!