There’s a reason that we seek out the fountain of youth. That fountain may be coming right out of your kitchen faucet. Water is the fluid of sustenance. Without it, we wouldn’t be here. It may be the best thing to keep us staying healthy and beautiful. Nearly 2/3 of our body is composed of water. This includes our largest organ; our skin. When we don’t get enough water, our skin loses its elasticity and youthfulness. Water hydrates the skin, lessening wrinkles on your face and brightening your complexion.
This summer, it looks like it’s going to be a hot one! Despite the overcast and rainy looking skies on the fourth of July this year, it’s not rain I’m talking about keeping you dry from. The heat seems to do a number on makeup. Here are some tips on how to keep dry this sizzling summer.
1) Stay hydrated!
Water, water, water! Not only does it cool you down, it keeps you hydrated, your skin included. I try to carry an ice-cold water bottle with me everywhere I go. You never know which places may have no air conditioning.
2) Use a primer
In one of my previous posts, I mention why it is great to use a primer. Not only does it provide a smooth surface for you to put you makeup on, it also keeps your makeup in place.
3) Use waterproof eye makeup
Nothing says heat of the summer more than raccoon eyes. Prevent your eye makeup from sweating off and running by using a waterproof eye makeup. This is great for any eyeliner or mascara. It will leave your eye makeup looking fresh all day.
4) Use a makeup sponge to dab sweaty areas, without caking on more makeup
I like to keep a makeup sponge in my bag to dab my t-zones when I start to sweat. This is great because it makes your makeup look refreshed and you can easily replace your sponges.
5) Use SPF lotion
Protect your delicate skin by using SPF. This has less to do with preventing sweat, and more to do with protection. It is still an essential step to making your skin look. Also, make sure it is not a heavy moisturizer, or you will sweat more.
6) Use oil-blotting paper
These are great to keep in your bag. When you start sweating, just take a sheet, and blot your t-zone areas. This helps to control the shine on your face.
7) Purchase a finishing spray or setting spray
There are some great finishing sprays out there that help to hold your makeup in place. These sprays can allow your makeup to look flawless for 16-18 hours, depending on the brand and type you purchase. I have tried the Skindinavia brand and it works pretty well. There are other great brands to try, including NYX, MAC, Urban Decay and Dior. The prices vary, so there is a spray for all budgets. They generally work very good and stop the oily shine on your face.
It seems like everyone has a method for applying their makeup, concealer included. Some people were born with a perfectly, flawless complexion. But for the rest of us, there is nothing wrong with a little help. Whether you want to hide under eye bags or conceal a blemish before a big night out, concealer can work wonders.
Concealer comes in two textures: liquid and cream. There is a lot of debate going on whether you should apply concealer before or after you put on your foundation. For years, I’ve been putting on the concealer before my makeup. But beauty experts say that doing so can waste concealer because it rubs off with the makeup. Many say that the foundation can cover up imperfections on its own. Others say to apply the concealer before to know what areas that you want covered, and build coverage with the foundation after.
And the correct way is:
There is no right or wrong answer. Whether you apply concealer before of after, it is all based on preference. I prefer to dab it on under my eyes and on imperfect areas to even out my skin tone before I apply my foundation. Others swear by it the other way around.
My go-to concealer is the MAC Matchmaster concealer, which comes in a nice little stick compact and is easy to apply to the skin. It goes on natural and corrects any problems areas. It is also buildable if you need that extra coverage. The Matchmaster concealer stays put for many hours and doesn’t start to crease in the lines on your skin. It brightens dark areas and gives you a flawless look.
Using a primer before applying makeup is all about personal preference. I personally like using a primer because it provides for a smooth, even base to apply your makeup to. Just like painting a wall in your house, you want to provide a nice even base to your wonderful paint job. The same thing applies when putting makeup on your face. The more even your base underneath, the more even and flawless your makeup will look when applied.
What exactly is primer? A makeup primer is a clear or tinted gel (or liquid) applied to the face before putting makeup on to conceal uneven skin. It also helps your makeup to stay put longer.
The primer would normally go on after washing your face, and applying a moisturizer. When I prime, I like to wait a few minutes and let the moisturizer set in on my face and dry first. Next, I would apply the primer, using my hands. I use a bean-sized amount to fully apply to my face, working it into my skin. Then, I would let my primer dry, and apply my makeup routine as usual.
There are many great primers out there on the market. I’ve tested a few of them and my favorite one is the translucent “Photo Finish” by Smashbox. It is oil free, which is great for acne prone skin.
You can buy the 1 fl oz, but I always buy the .5 fl oz because they are smaller, portable and last an extremely long time. A little bit goes a long way with this product.
Put your best face forward and try a primer to see if you like it. With so many to choose from, you’re bound to like one of them! To prime or not to prime? It’s all up to you.