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About Face: Weatherproof makeup for summer
How to keep summer sun from sinking your style
 
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

Summer fashion is supposed to be easy, breezy and low-maintenance. But the hot sun and humidity can wreak havoc on makeup.

“Summer weather creates many challenges for wearing makeup,” said Thee Chang, beauty specialist at Beauty Brands.

Chang said one challenge for many women is the feeling that their foundation is “melting” off. She suggests switching to a lighter coverage foundation or not wearing any at all.

If you choose to continue wearing foundation during the summer, Champa Thao, also a beauty specialist at Beauty Brands, said prepping the skin prior to application is vital.

“It is a must to moisturize and prime before any foundation or powder application,” she said. “A great translucent powder will also help to set foundation and touch up whenever you have a ‘melting’ moment.”

And when you’re in the midst of a melting moment and need to remove sweat, Thao said, “remember to blot, never wipe.”

Another challenge is finding makeup that will stay on while you are swimming at the beach or pool.

It’s good to have waterproof concealer on hand to keep flaws covered and waterproof mascara to emphasize your eyes. And since the eyebrows frame the face, show them some attention by applying waterproof eyebrow gel.

Summer trends

The trend this summer is a natural look that gives the illusion of no makeup. It’s all about bringing out your natural beauty and sculpting your face to perfection by highlighting and contouring your best features.

It’s cool to keep it simple with mascara and a soft cheek, but bold lips are all the rage.

“Breathtaking skin and statement lips are all over the runways,” Thao said. “Try reds, corals and bright fuchsia lipstick tones for that perfect pout.”

Champa recommends that women of color and those with medium to deep skin tones use golden hues for highlighting and cool red tones to medium deep bronze on the lips.

“If your skin is deeper and rich, try using deep reds, fuchsias and chocolate browns on the lips,” she said.

Another consideration for summer is sun protection.

“Doubling up on SPF protection makes it simple,” said Thao. “Try using a primer with SPF, moisturizer with SPF, foundations that offer SPF and translucent SPF touch-up powders.”

Another option is using SPF boosters, which can add additional UVA and UVB protection to moisturizers and foundation.

“SPF boosters are great for doubling up on sun protection,” Chang said. “Whether you already have SPF in your moisturizer or not, boosters are a great way to protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays. Dermalogica has a SPF 50 booster which is more than enough protection from the sun.”

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