Most women won’t forego putting on a face just because the mercury’s rising, turning their skin into a slippery mess. The smart ones, though, get smarter about the products they use and how they apply them.
“When it’s hot, makeup doesn’t stick. It will literally slide off the face,” says Allie Lapidus, a commercial makeup artist in Los Angeles. “In the summer, be sure to create a really good base so that everything stays on better.”
Lapidus says it’s best to keep layers minimal because “an extra layer of anything on the skin makes it feel heavy. The thinner the layers, the more it’s going to stick.”
As a first step, Lapidus recommends using oil-free, highly pigmented concealers and moisturizers, instead of foundation, and applying as little as possible to prevent it from sliding. Nars Pure Radiant tinted moisturizer ($42) incorporates broad-spectrum sun protection, as does CoverGirl’s CG Smoothers tinted moisturizer ($8).
To bring a fresh summer glow to the cheeks, Lapidus suggests gels and stains instead of powders and creams — with one exception: Yves Saint Laurent creme de blush ($38), which she says has the pigmentation of a cream and stays put in hot weather.
The only powder Lapidus recommends for summer is for “setting” a face. She swears by Make Up For Ever Microfinish Powder ($32) when the makeup application is finished, then switches to blotting papers if the skin sweats or begins to look greasy.
“It’s better to remove moisture than to add another layer to the skin that will then get cakey,” Lapidus said.
Boscia blotting linens, which come in a tiny, tissue-like dispenser, are a popular option; they cost $10 for 100 sheets.