Makeup Mixologist: Summer Survival Guide

Posted on February 10, 2011 by Rochelle Rae

Rae Cosmetics

Summer is officially here. I love summer and everything that goes along with it – trips to the beach, boating on the lake, and sipping fruity drinks by the pool … okay, okay, wouldn’t it be nice if that’s all I had to do in the summer?

I actually have to work and look good during months of triple-digit weather in Texas. Seems like I can be in a full sweat by the time I walk from the house to my car, much less running from appointment to appointment, getting in and out of the sauna I call transportation. I am a makeup artist and cosmetics company owner. I can’t just skip makeup for the next few months, nor would I want to. So how do I survive a long, hot summer without looking a mess? Here are a few of my secrets.

1) Lighten up your makeup routine a bit; skip the heavy foundation and opt for a lightweight, oil-free tinted moisturizer. Look for one with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Zinc Oxide is insoluble in water, so it will help the product stay on, even when you sweat. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help calm your skin on a scorching hot day.

Titanium Dioxide is a super-concentrated pigment so you need to wear very little to get great coverage. It is also the purest and most effective sun protection, which is the most important step in making sure you look good, not only this summer but in the many summers to come.

TRY: Climate Control Mineral Tint

2) But before you apply the tinted moisturizer, apply a primer. It may seem like an extra step in an already busy morning, but you’ll be happy you took the extra 20 seconds. A primer provides a smooth, matte surface for you to apply your makeup and extends the wear, keeping it in place longer.

TRY : Surface Primer

3) Don’t forget your lips. Many lipsticks and lip glosses now have sunscreen. This not only protects, but keeps them beautifully un-chapped. I like pinks and corals for summer – the lighter shades look less messy if you have to wipe the sweat off your upper lip.

TRY: Lip Shade SPF 20

4) Curl your lashes before you apply mascara – this instantly makes them appear longer and thicker, so you don’t need to wear as much. Unless I am lucky enough to get to spend the day at the lake or by the pool, I wear water-resistant mascara, not waterproof. Waterproof can be pretty harsh on your lashes when wearing it everyday, and water-resistant usually does the trick.

TRY: Precision Eyelash Curler

5) Finally, blotting papers. Love them, can’t live without them. They are cheap, easy to use and easy to carry. I always have a few in my pocket, my wallet and in my car – everywhere. Just press a sheet or two or three on your skin to get rid of the shine. You can dust on a bit of powder if you need it, but always blot first to keep the powder from caking, leaving you with a nice glow.

TRY:  Oil Blotting Papers

My final recommendation? Go out and enjoy your summer, soak up the sun, and don’t be afraid to sweat!

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