How To Make Summer Makeup Work For You

It’s no secret that wearing makeup in the summer can be tricky, the combination of scorching temps with a face beat to the gods just doesn’t work. But it doesn’t have to be overly complicated either. Personally I like to mix up my makeup based on the seasons and find myself experimenting more in the winter and fall, and keeping it more toned down in the summer with just the basics.

A light foundation/concealer to even out,  powder, bronzer, brows and mascara is good enough for me. Whether you’re a heavy duty makeup kind of girl, or a tinted lip balm and mascara babe, or somewhere in between like me , these summer makeup tips will ensure you stay beat in the heat. Why so corny though? I ask myself this on the daily.


Light Moisturizer 

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Facial Fluid 

Despite what you’ve been told and heard through the grapevine, you still need to apply moisturizer in the summer. Skipping on your daily moisturizer actually can cause your skin to produce more oil. That’s a no for me. I’ve been using this one from La Roche-Posay for years and it’s my go to summer moisturizer. It’s light, non oily, yet moisturizing, and oh fragrance free-which is a plus if you have overly sensitive skin like I do.


SPF 30+ For The Win

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La Roche-Posay Anthelion 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen

A higher SPF does not guarantee 100% protection since we actually don’t apply the proper amount of SPF needed to protect us from those harsh UV rays, but selecting a SPF higher than 15 will increase your chances with obviously a stronger protection.  I prefer mineral sunscreens ( sunscreens that use Zinc Oxide + Titanium dioxide or sometimes just Zinc alone) since I’m allergic to chemical sunscreens. Regardless, make sure you’re applying a SPF on your face everyday. This one from La Roche-Posay is one of my favorites and it doesn’t leave a white cast! Its light weight, non-greasy, fragrance free, and wears beautifully under makeup.


Prime Time

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Cover FX Blurring Primer

If you’re skipping on using a primer, think again. It sets your makeup up to apply evenly and wear longer, all while filling in lines and minimizing pores. All of which are especially needed during the summer. You’re going to of course want to choose a primer that’s suitable for your skin type, and apply this 5 minutes after applying your face moisturizer so that it can properly absorb to your skin and do it’s job. I’m loving this new  one from Cover FX and tested it out a few times to make sure it did it’s job, and it was a win.  My foundation applied smoother and lasted longer than normal, and really looked airbrushed. I regularly use their Anti-Aging primer and was finding that it was leaving my combo skin too oily in the summer, so I was really happy to see this new introduction to their line of primers. Their matte primer is also a good one, but if you have overly sensitive skin like I do, avoid it because it caused irritation.


Oil Free Foundation 

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Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation 

If you wear foundation in the summer, then you’re best bet is to use one that’s Oil Free. It’ll be light weight on the skin, and leave more of a luminous finish rather than an oily one.  I’ve been using this one from Cover FX for years now and it’s never let me down. Make sure you apply this with a light hand though because you can get a cake face you weren’t ready for. I like to apply it with a damp beauty blender, it really helps to press it into the skin for that natural finish.  If you’re more of a powder girl you can also try their Mineral Pressed Powder it’s perfection. Feel free to try out other brands too, I just have really sensitive skin and these work for me.


Set It and Bake It 

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Cover FX Matte Setting Powder

( Comes in Light, Medium and Deep)

Setting your face after applying foundation/ concealer, or one or the other, is crucial in keeping your makeup in place. You might even find that setting it just isn’t enough, and that’s when I suggest doing a light baking of 3-5 minutes. I would only bake in the areas where you tend to experience the most shine, for me it’s my forehead and inner cheek area ( right by by nose). I apply a light bake-not what I would do normally for going out, which would be 5-10 minutes, just a nice light 3-min bake then dust off.


Setting Spray

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Mattifying Setting Spray 

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Teddie Organics Pure Rose Water Spray

To keep your makeup even more in place, and to make sure you stay flawless all day, you will need to invest in a good setting spray. I used to be skeptical on the idea of using a setting spray, and just though it was another way for the beauty industry to sucker me in, but it’s not. AfterI started using one my makeup game changed. I love using Rose Water to set my makeup because it’s beyond refreshing and also helps to make your makeup look a little more natural.

I’ve been using this one from Teddie Organics for about two years and will never switch to another Rose Water,  it’s hands down the best Rose Water out there. It helps your makeup settle into your skin and give a nice glow without added shine. You can also use this as a nice midday refresh, it’s travel friendly. A new product that I’m swooning over is this matte setting spray from Cover FX. I’ve only tested in Sephora a few times, okay maybe more than once- hey they have the testers…..anyway it’s a YES. That setting spray is a holy grail and Cover FX has created a gem.


Blotting Sheets Are Your BFF

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Green Tea Blotting Linens 

I love using blotting sheets to keep the shine away without applying more product. It really helps avoid having that cake face, and allows for your makeup to stay in tact minus the shine. I’ve been using these from Bosnia for years know and haven’t found anything else that removes my shine without disturbing my makeup. Plus I love green tea.


Hope you guys benefit from these tips and see results with your summer makeup! Share your comments below and let me know what you do to keep your face beat in the heat!



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