Ladies, 5 Tips to help your look your best this summer straight from the mouth of celeb makeup artists and stylists.
1. Layer on sunscreen and UV protection
Besides hydrating your skin, you also want to make sure it's properly protected from the sun — and that means wearing sunscreen every single day, even under your makeup. (Applying makeup over sunburned skin is not fun.
You should be re-applying sunscreen every two hours, but that can be hard when you're out and about — especially when you don't want to use your hands. Sabina Wizemann, senior chemist at the Good Housekeeping Institute's Beauty Lab, swears by this sunscreen trick she adopted from makeup artist Erica Whalen, that involves repurposing an empty makeup compact:
2. Wear less makeup
If you want to prevent your makeup from creasing and caking, say it with us: Less is more. "If you can, just use a tinted moisturizer and a concealer where you need it," says Stiles. "Makeup likes to move around when it's hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it."
3. Glow up with some bronzer
"Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter— everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin," says New York City-based makeup artist Troy Surratt. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, he recommends applying bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, baked look.)
Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply. Look for one with varying shades — they'll blend together for the most authentic-looking results. You can also sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes to blend, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail.
4. Skip the shimmer in the summer
Everyone loves a nice, dewy glow, but there's a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. "Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin," warns Stiles.
5. Always finish with a setting spray
The final step in getting your makeup to last all day and night is to spritz on asetting spray to seal in your look. Our Beauty Lab recommends Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. In their consumer tests, one person said, "I definitely noticed my makeup lasting longer throughout the day, and I didn't get as slick or shiny as usual."