It's been insanely hot in New York for the last week or two, so my hot-weather makeup techniques have been truly put to the test. I'm happy to report that these tricks have ensured that I end each workday looking nearly the same as when I started it! Below, find more information about the two looks I created. Both are super-quick and require minimal makeup tools, but one is a soft, neutral look while the other is more dramatic.
A note about face prep: Unless you have very dry skin, it may be better to opt for a sunscreen instead of moisturizer when the temperature climbs. Best-case scenario is to find a sunscreen with hydrating ingredients that's not too heavy, so you get the sun protection you need without the weight. I've been loving this gel-like sunscreen from Shiseido.
LOOK #1: Everyday warmth
Look #1 is a warm-toned neutral everyday face that you could wear anywhere, really. Below I've listed each product used along with some of the reasoning behind each; in 90°+ weather, there's no room for frivolity!
Youngblood Ultimate Concealer in Fair + MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15: Using two concealers may sound excessive, but bear in mind that I'm using these two awsome products in place of any foundation. It's a method I've been loving lately: matching your concealer absolutely perfectly to your skin so that you can just use the concealer in the spots you need it and leave the rest of your face bare. I'm so damn pale that MAC's lightest shade dries a touch darker than my skin, and it can also get a bit cakey for me, so I've been mixing it with Youngblood's natural, creamy and paler concealer for the best of both worlds.
I'll blend these two products together with my fingertips and dot under my eyes, around my nose, a bit on my chin and a bit on the rosacea on my cheeks. Then, I use a damp Beauty Blender to pat and blend. I think the Beauty Blender is ideal for summer makeup because it absorbs any excess product, leaving you with the minimum amount of product you need while still providing seamless coverage. This is key in warm weather: no matter how much powder and setting spray you use, if you've piled on the foundation, it will move around when you sweat.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder: I use just a touch of this under my eyes to keep my concealer from creasing, because as you'll see I finish this look with setting spray.
Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef: These cream blushes by Revlon are so underrated and well-priced. I usually go for more cool-toned makeup, but when I step out of that comfort zone for a warm lip, this is the blush I use. It's a kind of dry cream, leaving a powdery finish, and is super easy to blend with fingers.
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Soft Brown: The clandestine love child of Benefit Gimme Brow & Anastasia Brow Gel, this one-step brow product gives hairs weight & color like the former and the hair-spray-for-brows effect of the latter. If you need to fill in lots of gaps or really give your brows shape, go for something waterproof like MUFE's gel.
Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige + Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Whopping Willow: Cream shadows are so easy to wear, and even more so if they come in a stick. If you keep it really simple with your makeup, you could just stick with the Clinique stick for its glamorous but sheer greenish gold shimmer; I added Maybelline's perfect neutral underneath for more smokiness and depth. Work fast blending these kinds of products, as they are meant to be long-lasting and will set. If you have really oily skin, add a primer underneath for extra insurance. And by the way, MAC Paint Pots are great for this kind of look as well!
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded: I used this lovely pale golden-champagne as a subtle highlight on my cheekbones & browbone.
Cover Girl Clump Crusher: This water-resistant mascara doesn't budge or flake, no matter how much moisture there is in the air; it also has a fantastic brush. Bonus that it's a bit easier to remove than a true waterproof, though I usually do use an oil makeup remover to ensure every last bit of it is gone.
The Body Shop Colour Crush in #18: This lipstick-looking product acts more like a balm and leaves a sheer shimmer-free coral color that goes perfectly with the Revlon blush.
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray: I used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer all last summer, and things went alright longevity-wise, but I would sometimes see some patchiness in my coverage by the end of the day. With the addition of this spray as a finishing touch (but before mascara's applied!), my concealer looks great from the time I leave in the morning til I get home at 7pm.
|Closeup of Eye Look #1; as you can see, it's a very easy, smudgy wash of light brown. There is a bit of burnished gold shimmer there as well, which isn't showing up on camera. But it is meant to be subtle, after all!|
LOOK #2: A dramatic turn
For Look #2, I used the same concealers, brow product & mascara as Look #1 with the following eye, lip & cheek products for a more dramatic evening look (or daytime, if you like to play around with colors like me!)
W3LL People Universalist Multi-Use Color Stick in Creamy Peony: I'm not going to deny that I use a lot of makeup with questionable (or downright toxic) ingredients, but lately I've been trying to introduce a few more natural products into my routine (working on the theory that a bowl of plain oatmeal + crappy food the rest of the day is better than chocolate croissant + crappy food the rest of the day) and this has been one of the biggest successes in that realm.
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe + Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Mushroom + Pacifica Natural Minerals Eye Pencil in Jet: I began by messily smudging the black Pacifica liner close to my lashline to add a bit more depth, and then applied the Maybelline shadow up into my crease, and added Urban Decay's pencil on the inner half of my lid. This is a cooler taupe-and-silvery combination for a more sultry smokey eye that's great for evening, or just an adventurous day!
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12 Hour Wear in Flirting Game: This is my favorite black-alternative eyeliner that's a shimmery, but not too shimmery, purply taupe/gunmetal (so basically a mix of every cool neutral but black) and it truly is very water-resistant, though perhaps not all-out waterproof. I applied this in my upper and lower waterline for extra smoulder.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten: If you're like me and get a sweaty upper lip the second you walk above a stroll, a true lipstick may end up on the back of your hand before you even get to the office. Sheer colors are great because they wear without patchiness, but if you want a bold color in the summer, a lip stain is a great option. The stains that come in a crayon, like Revlon's are fantastic because you can get a nice line on your lips without a brush. I lined my upper lip with Smitten and then smudged it around with my fingers for a more easy-going pair to the smokey eye.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you've learned a few tips you can apply to your routine. And please, comment with your own sweat-proof makeup tips!