Summerizing Your Makeup Routine

Summer is a time for glowing tan skin, salty hair, and picnics at the beach, but a makeup meltdown? No thanks. Since I live in Hawaii and have to beat the heat all year round, I thought I’d offer my five best tips for summerizing your makeup routine once the weather starts heating up:

1. Prep and Prime

In the summer heat, makeup just doesn’t last as long without getting oily and smudgy. One way I’ve found to combat this is using a face primer and also an eyelid primer to hold everything in place and prevent creasing. I have a few different primers in my rotation, but some of my go-to products are Arbonne and Smashbox for my face, and NYX for my lids in nude or white when I want my shadows to really pop.

2. Lighten Up

The only thing you should be laying on thick come summer is sunscreen. For your foundation, try going with something a bit more sheer and natural like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. My favorite BB cream is from Etude House (I use color W24 when I’m tan and add W13 when I’m on the paler side).

3. Add a Pop of Color

Summertime calls for blush a touch brighter than your everyday cheek color. Bust out something bright like a pink or coral and dab them on the apples of your cheeks. LOVE Nars blush in Angelika.

4. Go Smudgeproof

For a fresh summer look, go with an eyeliner and mascara that are smudge- and sweat-proof. I find that gel eyeliners like Bobbi Brown long wear and my holy grail Kat Von D tattoo liner are great for this.

5. Refresh Your Skin

Whatever your skin type — dry, oily, combination — be prepared with oil blotting sheets for when the hot weather is working against you and face mist for when you need an immediate boost of hydration and radiance. My favorites are NYX blotting sheets because they’re really low-cost, and Bobbi Brown face mist. Perfect for sunny days like these …