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5 Hot Weather Makeup Tips

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It’s summer, the sun is as hot as it is bright and the breeze is minimal. Whatever you’re doing and wherever you are, fun in the sun never felt so good – that is, until your face begins to melt. If you’ve ever suffered the mid-summer makeup melt, we feel for you. That’s why we’ve come up with five hot weather makeup tips to help combat the summer heat.

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1. Prep with Primer

An all-over face primer is a great way to create a ‘smooth canvas’ prior to makeup application. While it can be used any time of year, during the summer months primers are the most useful as they will help prevent your makeup from creasing as you sweat.

2. Waterproof Mascara

While waterproof mascara is sometimes difficult to remove, during the summer the aim is to avoid raccoon eyes, so mascara that is specifically formulated to withstand wetness is best. Waterproof mascara will also help prevent fallout or flaking throughout the day.

3. Clean Brushes

Clean brushes are absolutely essential to maintaining a melt-free face. As your skin is more likely to over-produce oils in the heat, each and every time you apply your makeup your brushes pick up said oils. Consider washing your brushes more often during the summer. For example, if you wash your brushes biweekly, try washing them weekly instead.

4. Sheer Shades

If you typically wear dark or bright eye shadow colours, consider using sheer shades instead as they are less likely to crease in the heat and will also appear less ‘cakey’. If you prefer shimmer to matte, select a shade with a slight sparkle only as high-shimmer shades may emphasize oiliness.  

5. A Final Seal

‘Setting’ your makeup with a lightweight finishing spray will help prevent the dreaded melt. Think of a setting spray as a way to ‘seal’ your makeup. Depending on your skin type, setting sprays are available in matte and dewy finishes but in either case they will help to maintain a fresh, melt-free face all day long!

Natalie Timperio is a freelance writer of anything and everything related to life and style. You can follow her blog The Girl With Bangs or visit natalietimperio.com to find out more about her writing and related experience.


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