Makeup for hot weather

As summer approaches, it’s important to remember how to choose the best makeup for hot weather. Applying makeup in warm weather can be quite different from applying makeup in cold weather. In fact, you might want to consider choosing a specific type of makeup that’s formulated to be suitable for hot and humid weather.

Makeup for hot weather is all about keeping your face as fresh and dewy as possible. Here are our tips:

  1. Start with a gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin of moisture. We recommend a gentle exfoliator, followed by a hydrating toner, before you apply any makeup.
  2. Use an ultra-hydrating BB cream or foundation for the base of your look. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated in the summertime, so a foundation with SPF is always a good idea!
  3. Apply neutral eyeshadow shades with light shimmer to highlight your cheekbones and add some depth to your eyes without going overboard—you want the focus on your lips! For the lips, choose a gloss with SPF and maybe even some added SPF protection too!

Makeup for hot weather

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You should be re-applying sunscreen every two hours, but that can be hard when you’re out and about — especially when you don’t want to use your hands. GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann swears by this sunscreen trick she adopted from makeup artist Erica Whalen that involves repurposing an empty makeup compact:

  • Use dish soap to clean an old liquid foundation compact and cushion. Let dry.
  • Soak the cushion with your favorite face sunscreen inside the compact.
  • To re-apply, dip a sponge applicator into the cushion and dab on your face.

Alternatively, try using a sunscreen powder for reapplication, which can be dusted on top of your makeup.

3. Invest in a powerhouse makeup primer

You won’t regret the few seconds it takes to apply a makeup primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. “Primers are definitely the way to go in summer,” says Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City. “They really help hold makeup in place without feeling like a heavy additional layer.” Try Good Housekeeping Seal star No7 Airbrush Away Primer, which uses hyaluronic acid to help soften wrinkles and blur imperfections — all while keeping your makeup on your face!

4. Wear less makeup

If you want to prevent your makeup from creasing and caking, say it with us: Less is more. “If you can, just use a tinted moisturizer and a concealer where you need it,” says Stiles. “Makeup likes to move around when it’s hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it.”

Tinted Moisturizers and Concealers

Olay Total Effects CC Cream Tone Correcting Moisturizer

$27 at AmazonCredit: OLAY

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

$32 at Ulta BeautyCredit: Bare Minerals

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer

$29 at Ulta BeautyCredit: IT Cosmetics

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Concealer

Now 54% Off

$6 at AmazonCredit: L’Oreal Paris

5. Glow up with some bronzer

Physicians Formula Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Bronzer, Bronzer, 0.38 Ounce

$26 at Amazon$9 at WalmartCredit: amazon

“Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin,” says Troy Surratt, a makeup artist in NYC and founder of Surratt Beauty. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, he recommends applying bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: your forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, baked look that’s a major bronzer mistake.)

Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply and least likely to slip around in summer heat. Look for one that contains varying shades — they’ll blend together for the most authentic-looking results. You can also sweep a little bronzer onto your neck to blend, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a pony­tail.

6. Skip the shimmer

Everyone loves a nice dewy glow, but there’s a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. “Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin,” Stiles advises.

7. Go for sheer shades

“Rich, deep colors have their place, but they can look heavy in summer,” Surratt says. To lighten up your look, switch to sheer versions of your go-to lip and eye colors. Use a lipliner pre-application if you need extra definition, but go for a nude shade to keep that carefree feeling, or try “invisible” lipliner, which deposits a clear, waxy film to stop color from bleeding. Bonus: Because sheer colors are subtler, you almost can’t go overboard.

8. Give your shadow staying power

For longer-lasting eyeshadow, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and smooth on an eye primer instead. “It will minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer,” says Sharona Schweitzer, a makeup artist in Seattle, Washington. For the ultimate in all-day wearability, layer a powder eye shadow over a cream. Doubling up works for eyeliner, too. “Apply your regular pencil or cream liner, then use a small angled brush to press dark shadow over the liner to set it for longer wear,” she suggests.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush

$36 at NordstromCredit: Giorgio Armani

9. Ditch the powder blush

Blush adds balance and healthiness to any look, but if you’re still using the same powdery formula, your flush might be getting cake-y faster than it takes to get to work in the morning. “Stains are great for longevity in hot weather,” Stiles says. “Use a gel or blush stain, then blend a touch of a cream blush on top of it.” Try GH Beauty Award winner Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude A-Blush. One tester said it’s “like that healthy vibrance your cheeks get after a jog out in the cold, but in a bottle.”

Pro tip: Want to increase its wear? Dust a light, invisible setting powder on top. Just be sure not to get too heavy-handed; you want to lock your look, not mattify it.

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