Five Easy Ways to Retouch Your Makeup

Four hours into work, you head to the bathroom. As you look at yourself in the mirror, you’re baffled at how faded your makeup looks already. That “waterproof” eyeliner miraculously smudged and your forehead looks like an oil slick. Sounds familiar? Don’t let all that time and effort you put into your makeup in the morning go to waste. By following these few tips, you’ll save your makeup—and trick people into thinking you just applied it even though you’ve had it on for a solid 10 hours.

1. Take off that first layer of oil

Before even touching makeup, the most important thing to do is to remove excess oil on top of the skin. If you don’t and try to just powder your face, your makeup will actually mix in with the oil, creating a cakey mess. Using blotting sheets like Glo Minerals Blotting Papers ($7.99) will instantly absorb sebum without causing your foundation to look blotchy. Focus primarily on the T-zone, pressing gently to get rid of any oil.

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2. Lose the remaining shine

Instead of turning to powder to mattify, use liquid! Sounds counterproductive, but there’s a new innovative liquid product that works so much better at mattifying your skin: Murad MatteEffect Blotting Perfector ($36.99). This on-the-go compact was developed by a dermatologist and contains a unique translucent formula that effectively gets rid of the shine while visibly minimizing pores. Feel secure knowing that for up to eight hours you’ll be shine-free wherever you go!

3. Spritz hydration spray on top

Now that you got rid of the bad shine, time for the good kind of shine. Get a youthful glow by spraying Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray ($27.99) all over your face. Not only does the organic spray control oil production, but also it hydrates and conditions the skin. The lemongrass awakens your senses in the process, helping you relax and decompress from the day. Getting your skin to look like it’s radiating from within has never been easier.

4. Clean up any makeup smudges

As the day goes on, your makeup naturally tends to smear a little, even if all you do is sit at a computer. Keeping BioSwiss Paper Stick Cotton Swabs ($2.99) on hand will help you clean up any imperfections without disrupting the rest of your makeup. Just grab a swab and gently wipe away any lipstick or eyeliner smudges. The inner corner of your eyes can also collect gunk so check for that, too.

 

5. Reapply makeup and soften lines

The last step to reviving your makeup look is to touch up any makeup that might have faded away. Some of the most common areas include the lips, eyes, and any blemishes that may have popped up from underneath your concealer. With the BeautyBlender Micro.Mini ($15.99), you can quickly patch up of any of those spots. Simply apply a tiny dot of concealer on the area, pat it in with a clean finger, and smooth with a dampened Micro.Mini. For a finishing touch, use the sponge to blot any harsh lines in your makeup like your smile lines.

 

 

 

 

How To Keep Your Makeup Melt-Free

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 a Cream

Packing on the powder eye shadows 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.

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