Melt-Proof Your Makeup Routine for Summer

As much as we’d love to say we go au naturel in the warmer months, the one summer vacation we can’t take is from our favorite beauty products. In order to keep our makeup from melting faster than an ice cream cone in a heat wave, we turn to lightweight products that fend off shine and boast plenty of staying power. Follow these steps to make your cosmetics last from morning ‘til that nighttime bonfire on the beach.

1. Sub In A Serum

Ditch your thick day cream for a lightweight, yet equally moisturizing serum like Marcelle’s New·Age 8 in 1 Power Serum. The formula helps skin retain moisture thanks to natural sugar alcohol, while its gel-like texture keeps your makeup intact even in the most sweltering temps.

2. Get Primed And Ready

When humidity becomes enemy number one, prep your skin with a primer. Not only do they shrink pores and smooth over fine lines, but primers also work to keep your makeup in place. Laura Geller’s silicone-based Beauty Spackle® Under Make-up Primer glides on smoothly and dries to a completely matte finish (no more shiny T-zone!), while Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer promises an oil-free, streak-free application made to withstand the heat.

3. Dial Back Your Coverage

Mask blemishes and redness with a sheer tinted moisturizer or BB cream with SPF. One of our personal favorites: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+, which is made with sebum-regulating ingredients that keep your complexion from becoming shinier than pair of metallic strappy sandals.

4. Protect Your Eye Makeup

To avoid tropical storm induced mascara-streaking, wear a waterproof version, like stila stay all day™ waterproof volumizing mascara. If you can’t bear to part with your current fave, protect it with a layer of Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat. Finally, keep arches in place with a super soft, clear wax. Anastasia’s Brow Fix uses a light, colorless wax and lasts for hours without reapplication.

5.Go Insane for Stain

What’s worse than those tiny beads of sweat above your lips? The number they do to your lipstick. Say no to smudge with Cynthia Rowley Beauty’s stay-put Creamy Lip Stain which provides the velvety moisture and shine of a traditional lipstick paired with the ultra-long wear of a stain.

6. Set It and Forget It

Once you’ve finished applying all your makeup, seal the deal with a setting mist like derma e® Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid, which will prevent slippage while keeping your complexion looking fresh.

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