Melt-Free Makeup

We all know the routine. It’s 90+ degrees outside, you’re wearing your favorite summer dress, and your makeup is on point. An hour later, you glance in the mirror and you’re sweating bullets. This morning’s makeup? A memory. Take comfort in these melt-free makeup tips and products that will make your summer beauty routine blissfully carefree.

 

Start with Primer

Your makeup isn’t set without a layer of primer to lock it down. Opt for an oil-free formula, such as Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Oily Skin Facial Primer and Brightener ($33.99). It nixes shine while producing a smoother canvas to set your foundation. Bonus: It also reduces the appearances of stubborn fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Choose Cream Concealer

Light, liquid concealers aren’t formulated to stand up to punishing heat. A dense cream tapped onto skin works best. We love Glo Minerals Camouflage Oil-Free Concealer ($20.99), a potent formula that effectively diminishes everything from under-eye circles to acne scars.

Try Silky Foundation

Silky formulas are ideal because the silicone content creates a film-like layer between your skin and all that destructive humidity and prevents makeup from sliding off. bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($24.99) is available in plenty of colors, enriched with essential sun protection, and can be built up for greater coverage.

Eye Cream

Packing on the powder eyeshadows is just counterintuitive in the face of sweltering heat. At the first sign of sweat, it will come right off! Jane Iredale Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow ($11.99) doesn’t budge—in fact, this creaseless formula is perfect to wear on the hottest days of the year. Wear it on its own for a pop of shimmery color that looks stunning in the sunshine!

Waterproof Your Lashes

There’s no reason to give up the mascara come summer. Coat them in bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara ($16.99) to give them some instant oomph! The formula is designed to create dramatic, voluminous lashes with intense lift while staying put all day long.

Punctuate Your Pout

Slick glosses and shiny lipsticks won’t last even the coolest of days, but a long-wear matte formula works wonders on hot days. Our pick is Glo Minerals Suede Matte Crayon ($11.99), a non-drying formula loaded with nourishing mango oil and shea butter.

BAKED PERFECTION

Photo Credit: Heidi Hamoud

Photo Credit: Heidi Hamoud

Contouring then strobing, now baking?

The makeup world is continuously evolving and we are absolutely amazed at this revived trend.

Yes – revived. The drag queen community has been using the baking technique to help set heavy stage makeup and it works – makeup is always flawless.

Baking involves using your body heat to help set makeup resulting in a smooth, crease-less finish. Even Kim Kardashian-West’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic uses this technique!

The trick involves layering setting powder thickly and allowing it to “cook”  into your foundation and concealer. As shown in the photo from Heidi Hamoud’s YouTube tutorial, it helps highlight the covered areas – underneath eyes, forehead and chin. The result is a flawless finish with contoured cheeks.

So how do we begin?

1. Apply moisturizer, primer, and foundation. This method can be drying so the moisturizer is extremely important. You may also want to include an eye moisturizer to help hydrate the area as this method does focus on the eye area.

2. Apply concealer under the eyes. Dab on from the apples of your cheeks towards your temples. Keep going towards the hairline for some serious contour. Blend in with a damp makeup sponge.

3. Use translucent powder to set the base of the makeup.

4. To “bake” or “cook your makeup, use a wedge sponge and dampen it with a setting spray or facial mist. Then dip the sponge into the translucent powder used in Step 3 and apply it generously under eyes, chin, jawline and middle of forehead. Let it bake anywhere from 5-30 minutes. We suggest 10 minutes for great results but if you have time, go for all 30!

5. Dust off the powder with a fluffy brush. If you want to blend any rough edges, apply pressed powder on the brush and use that to dust off the translucent powder.

We love how this makeup look leaves our makeup look flawless.

Have you tried baking? #WeWantToKnow!

 

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