Secret Southern Couture: Tips For Perfect Summer Makeup   

Monday, May 13, 2013

Tips For Perfect Summer Makeup

Summertime is perfect for outdoor barbecues cooling off in the pool, taking exciting road trips, and having fun in general. However, summertime is certainly not perfect for make-up. If you’re tired of losing your face as the hot summer sun melts your foundation and makes your eye makeup run, then you will love these tips for applying (and maintaining) perfect summertime makeup.

  1. Always Use Primer
It might seem counter-intuitive to use a cream-like primer during the hot summer months, but doing so will work wonders for your summertime makeup. A primer will not only help you to apply your makeup more smoothly, but it will also help your makeup to last. Primers are very light-weight and they prepare your face for makeup just like paint primer prepares the rooms in your home for a new coat of paint. Try applying makeup with and without primer and by the end of the day you are sure to notice a difference.

  1. Lighten Up Your Application
If you are used to applying layers and layers of makeup to cover up your pasty wintertime skin, you had better break that habit this summer. The lighter your makeup applications, the better, because you will have less makeup melting and your skin will be able to breathe better. To make your makeup more noticeable without having to cake it on, opt for bright eyeshadow that can be easily seen with only a light application, and try to choose a foundation that is light and airy instead of heavy. You may even decide to use a powder foundation on top of a light primer during the summertime instead of a liquid foundation. Just use the type of foundation that is most comfortable for you and is most likely to stay on throughout the entire day.

  1. Use A Bronzer
To bring out a subtle summertime glow when you haven’t yet had the chance to develop a tan, use a bronzer as naturally as you can. A good bronzer can make your teeth look whiter and can make your eyes stand out, but the key is to not use it over your entire face. Apply a light layer of bronzer to only those areas of your face where the sun most naturally hits – on the top of your nose, your cheekbones, chin, and forehead. Remember that the idea is to make it look like you have a natural tan, so don’t go overboard. To deposit less color, use a large brush and tap the excess bronzer off of it before applying it to your face.

  1. Ditch Your Lipstick
During the summertime your lips need to be able to breathe, so ditch the heavy lipsticks and go for colored lip balm or light lip gloss instead. Tinted lip balms are very light-weight and can keep your lips from getting chapped in the summer heat. They also provide a subtle glow and hint of color, which is perfect for those summer months when you want to downplay your lips and draw more attention to your eyes.
If you follow these simple tips you will have a more natural, beautiful glow this summer and you won’t need to worry about makeup constantly melting off of your face.