I was inspired to write this post because my craft room has turned into a most unwanted sauna (which is really just a nice way of saying "sweatbox") and it got me thinking about how summer is truly the most difficult time of year to wear makeup. Especially when you live somewhere insanely humid and your regular products end up melting down your face faster than a Mr. Whippy soft serve that's eaten at the beach. It's at this time of the year when we need a few secret makeup weapons up our sleeves (or swimsuits?) that beat the heat and make us feel vaguely attractive while we sweat like the proverbial piggies.
Humidity friendly products to look out for are anything that's water-resistant, a gel, a tint, a stain or a lightweight liquid formulation. Basically you want something with serious staying power. And you definitely want to keep things simple- no seductive smokey eyes or packed-on foundation- we're talking fresh and pretty here. Stick to moisturiser, concealer, mascara and lip gloss as your base summer look and you'll be all set. For something a bit more dressy simply add a cheek stain and a swipe of cream eyeshadow and you're good to go. Also, the bonus with hot weather makeup is that applying it takes a helluva lot less time than your usual routine, so there's less fussing and more chilling out under a palm tree.
Aesop Oil Free Hydrating Facial Serum ($63) is perfect for the summer months when you feel like your regular cream moisturiser is just that bit too heavy. This serum sinks right into your skin so you can apply makeup straight away without feeling like your skin is overloaded with products. Plus it's full of antioxidants, botanical extracts, vitamins B and C and has an aloe vera base so it's chock full of skin-loving goodness. Apply it and feel virtuous!
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray (from $14) is a handy little product that you spray over your face to set makeup and help stop humidity-induced facial meltdown. It's also fab all-year-round for those of us with oily skin who find their makeup sliding off no matter what the weather. What will those clever Scandi's think of next?
Maybelline EyeStudio Colour Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow ($10, and could they make the bloody name any longer?) is just what the makeup artist ordered for hot climates. Cream shadows that dry to a powder have super-staying-powers that their regular eyeshadow counterparts just don't possess. They are also super easy to apply (hello, fingers!) and last all day and into the night. Plus these ones from Maybelline are an absolute bargain so you can afford to buy a few in one go. Try Bad to the Bronze for a neutral and Tenacious Teal or Edgy Emerald for some shimmery, summery goodness. So, who's for some beach volleyball? (I'm just kidding, as if I'd ever actually exert myself willingly in the heat. Pfft.)
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara (US $24). Okay, okay I know I keep raving on about this mascara but it truly is my favourite and even better than the fact that its fancy wavy brush and microfibres make your lashes super long and lovely is the fact that it magically stays on through everything -even makeup remover- and only comes off when you rub it off your lashes in warm water. It literally stays on through everything, which I tested last year when I wore it in the surf at Waikiki beach. Me, panda eyed? Not this scandal queen!
Benefit Posiepal ($39) is a super handy -and purse friendly- duo containing Benefit's famous lip and cheek stain in Posie while the other end contains California Kissin', a shimmery blue-tinted lipgloss that magically makes your pearly whites appear, well, whiter. Posie is a particularly pretty peachy-pink hue that suits most skin tones and is perfect for the warmer months. A stain is just the thing to use on lips and cheeks in hot weather as it sinks right into the skin and is virtually budge proof. But be warned: it literally is a stain so you must be super quick when using it as a blush and make sure you blend, blend, blend! If you don't, you could end up rocking a hybrid nightmare-inducing-clown/ Raggedy-Ann style cheek look. Stains are also something to avoid if you have cracked or dry lips as the stain will immediately sink into, and highlight, any imperfections in your lips.
Summer is the perfect time for showing off those pretty toes of yours, so why not paint them in a delicious colour like Priti NYC's bright fuchsia Bovey Belle Carnation or the gorgeous teal green of Blue Wedgwood? For the spun sugar hue inclined try Red Maple and Lungwort for candy coloured nail goodness! Only $16.95 each from the Whimsy & Juno online shop. Did I mention that they are completely non-toxic? Yup, they are!
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are a humidity-opressed girl's best friend. They are part-stain, part-lip balm hybrids that give you super staying power with extra glossiness to boot. There is a great range of shades available but my picks are Lovesick, a gorgeous bright fuchsia which is a must-wear in any tropical location; Cherish, a sweet lolly hue for the pink obsessed and Honey, a yummy neutral for those who want a more pared back look. At just $17.95 each these are a true bargain! Buy many. You know you want to...
What are your favourite beauty products to use when the summer heat sets in?
Stay cool, peeps!