Summer MakeUp Hacks: Stay Fresh and Fabulous All Season Long

summer makeup hacks

Summer is a season of sun, fun, and heat—but it can also be a challenging time for makeup enthusiasts. Keeping your makeup fresh and flawless during hot, humid days requires some strategic tweaks to your routine. Especially now, since there seems to come an ending to the disastrous Dutch summer weather we’ve been experiencing so far. Here are the best summer makeup hacks to help you beat the heat and stay gorgeous all season long.

1. Start with a Clean Slate

Cleanse and Exfoliate: Begin with a thorough cleansing and exfoliation routine to remove any dead skin cells and excess oil. This helps your makeup adhere better and last longer. My favorite exfoliator is the Skin Perfecting Exfoliator by Paula’s Choice. This one is especially good for sensitive skin, like myself. Also available in travel size, perfect to bring with you on holiday.

Moisturize Wisely: Opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with SPF. This not only hydrates your skin but also provides essential sun protection. I really like the one from Rituals, it has an amazing smell that reminds me of summer. And the advantage of a day cream with SPF is that it is much less greasy than regular sunscreen.

2. Prime for Perfection

Use a Mattifying Primer: A mattifying primer can help control oil and provide a smooth base for your makeup. It minimizes shine and keeps your foundation in place even in the sweltering heat.

Don’t Skip Eye Primer: An eye primer can prevent eyeshadow from creasing and melting off. It ensures your eye make-up stays vibrant and crease-free all day long. You can very easily use the concealer from Cosm.Ethics Bar, it is matte and easy applicable with your finger.

3. Lighten Up Your Base

Switch to Tinted Moisturizer or BB Cream: Heavy foundations can feel suffocating in the summer heat. Opt for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for a lightweight, breathable option that still provides coverage.

Spot Conceal: Instead of covering your entire face, use a concealer to target specific areas like blemishes or under-eye circles. This keeps your look natural and light. Using only a face powder does wonders as well, it balances out the color of your skin and makes it more matte it as well.

4. Set It and Forget It

Translucent Powder: Lightly dust a translucent powder over your face to set your make-up and reduce shine. Focus on the T-zone where oil tends to accumulate.

Setting Spray: A good setting spray can lock your make-up in place and keep it looking fresh. Choose one with a mattifying formula to combat any midday shine. My favorite setting spray during the summer is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush setting spray. It really makes sure your makeup stays flawless all day.

5. Waterproof Your Look

Waterproof Mascara and Eyeliner: Prevent raccoon eyes by switching to waterproof mascara and eyeliner. They stay put through sweat, swimming, and humidity.

Long-Wear Lip Products: Go for long-lasting lip stains or matte liquid lipsticks that won’t budge even on the hottest days. Avoid glossy products that can melt and smudge easily. The liquid lipstick or lipstick matte by Cosm.Ethics Bar are a perfect addition to your summer makeup look. Available in a lot of colors, and therefore the perfect match for everyone.

6. Embrace Cream Products

Cream Blush and Eyeshadow: Cream products tend to withstand heat better than powders. They blend seamlessly into the skin and provide a natural, dewy finish.

Multi-Use Products: Simplify your routine with multi-use products like lip and cheek tints. They are perfect for creating a cohesive, effortless look.

7. Keep It Minimal

Less is More: Summer is the time to embrace a minimal makeup look. Focus on enhancing your natural beauty with fewer products. Think bronzed skin, a hint of blush, and a swipe of mascara.

Highlight Strategically: Instead of an all-over glow, apply highlighter to high points like the cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of your nose for a subtle radiance. The highlighter of Cosm.Ethics Bar is available in 4 colors.

8. Refresh Throughout the Day

Blotting Papers: Keep blotting papers handy to remove excess oil without disturbing your makeup. They’re a quick fix for shine and can be used as needed.

Hydrating Mist: A hydrating mist can refresh your makeup and provide a cooling effect. Look for ones with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or cucumber.

With these summer makeup hacks, you can enjoy the season without worrying about your makeup melting away. From prepping your skin properly to choosing the right products, these tips will help you achieve a fresh, long-lasting look that stands up to the summer heat. Embrace the warm weather with confidence and let your natural beauty shine through!

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