Ah summer! It always brings the best and the worst of days. Summer time is beach time. You get to chill by the beach with margaritas in your hand, as you watch the shimmering turquoise water burst into waves.
When you go out, you always want to look your best self. Which means that your makeup must be on point!
One of the dreadful attributes that summer has is its tendency to melt things. We can do with a little melted ice cream -no one ever said no to cookies and cream milkshake-but a melted makeup only spells disaster.
You might be flirting with that cute guy you had a crush on, and turn around to see absolute horror on your friend’s face. You look in the mirror and see your foundation making its way down your cheek like butter on a hot knife.
What do you do for melt-proof make-up? It is possible to prevent your make-up from melting as you have fun under the summer sun. All you have to do is prep your skin the right way and here’s how.
First step to achieve melt-proof make-up is to wash your face properly. Use a cleanser that is anti-shine or oil free. This will help you minimize the oiliness on your face and keep everything mattified. Once you are done washing your face, use a good exfoliating scrub, it is best to use any one that has “anti-shine or oil free” written on it. Otherwise, just use a scrub that has apricot infused in it. Make sure that it contains natural scrub elements and doesn’t have beads in it.
After you’re done washing your face, apply a toner or astringent, especially if you have an oily face. Follow this by applying a serum to improve acne and oily skin. Even if your skin is not oily, it is best that you use a serum that treats oily skin, as everyone’s face gets oily during the summer.
Before the serum, if you have the chance, apply a face mask that is especially made to give a mattifying effect, like the green tea mask from Sephora.
Once you are done with the mask and the serum, seal all the nurturing minerals on the skin with a gel/water-based cream. This is a crucial step if you do not wish to let the effectiveness of all that you applied escape.
Right before your makeup you need to apply a primer. Use a pore minimizing or mattifying primer. Your pores produce sebum that in turn excretes oil on your face. A pore minimizing primer will help reduce those enlarged pores.
Step 5 – Melt-Proof Make-up Application
It’s time to apply your make-up! It’s best to use a tinted moisturizer or BB/CC/DD cream rather than a heavy foundation. Always apply powder!
Invest in a waterproof mascara and eyeliner, but beware that they can melt off as well. This is the most important step in the entire makeup routine. Usually we apply powder over the concealer to make it stay. But always apply a lot of loose or makeup powder on your T zone, concentrating on the nose.
Lastly, set the makeup with a good setting spray so even a hurricane fails an attempt to wipe it off you.