I’m all for finding the one routine that’s right for you and sticking to it but in summer your skin faces very different conditions so a few little tweaks are generally necessary. Here are some tips for dealing with more humidity, heat and, of course, sun exposure:
Switch to a lighter base
Who wants to wear a full face of foundation, powder and concealer when it’s super hot and humid? Most people’s skin’s will be oilier in summer, which in combination with sweat can irritate skin and block pores, so it’s definitely best to choose the lightest base possible to give your skin some extra breathing room and prevent your makeup from sliding off. Tinted moisturisers are my base of choice because they save me two extra layers: sunscreen and moisturiser. This year I will be wearing MAC’s Studio Moisture Tint; it’s relatively moisturising but mattifying at the same time (no need for extra powder). Another good option is to wear a light sunscreen all-over your face and cover up with concealer where necessary.
I am not saying you should wear SPF 50 all over your body everyday. But since the sun is responsible for 95% of all skin ageing, it pays to at least make sure that your face is adequately protected at all times. The best way to do this is to incorporate you daily facial SPF (adjusted to your local climate) into your skin care or make up routine and then simply use a higher SPF when you need to. Sometimes it’s hard to plan how long you will be in the sun so I carry a little travel-size bottle of SPF30 that I apply on my face and body when I’m outside for longer than I had planned or the sun is super bright.
Don’t ignore your lips
Your lips can burn too, so make sure you have a lip balm with sun protection on hand.
If you are very diligent about using SPF on your face, it will inevitably be slightly less tan than your body. Don’t let that keep you from protecting your face; find a good bronzer (a matte one preferably) and the problem is solved. I use Bodyshop’s Honey Bronzing Powder.
Waterproof your eye make up
Humidity, sweat and possibly swimming pool water can quickly ruin any eye look. Definitely switch to a waterproof mascara (and eye liner) for summer. If you really want to make sure that nothing budges, go for one of those long-wear mascaras that can only be removed with hot water, e.g. Kanebo 38° or Clinique’s Lash Power or Bottom Lash mascara. As opposed to dissolving, these formulas will come off in tubes and only once you want them to.
Do you guys have a special skin care/make up routine for summer?