Smudge-proof makeup can make or break your summer look. No one wants their makeup running down their face on a hot day. These tips will give you all-day wear, so you can live your best life from morning to night!
1. Prep Skin
If your face is looking a little dull or dry, your makeup isn’t going to stay on well. Dry skin is likely to end up cracking under foundation and that’s not a good look for anyone. To fix this, use an exfoliator once a week! It will keep the skin fresh and fabulous. Just be careful if you have sensitive skin. Not only will your makeup stay on better, if you go bare-faced your skin will glow too! Always remember to apply moisturizer to the skin to help it stay hydrated and fresh. Use an oil-free moisturizer to help keep your skin clear of breakouts!
2. Face Primer
Before you start applying your makeup, begin with a primer. Adding a primer into your makeup routine has a lot of benefits. It can smooth the skin, even its tone, and help foundation stay on longer. Most are non-comedogenic, meaning they help beautify your skin without blocking your pores! Many primers also have a blurring effect to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. If you are worried about the type of skin you have, most primers have a variety of formulas like dry, oily, or radiance. Use it under your favorite foundation to keep it smudge-proof!
Just like it sounds, the foundation is the base of any makeup look. Finding the right foundation for you is going to be key. Not only should you look at what skin type it’s for (dry, oily, combination), you should see how long it stays on. Long-wear or long-lasting foundation is going to be your best friend, especially in the summer months! During the summer everyone gets a little sweatier, whether you want to admit it or not. Women don’t sweat, we glisten! Needless to say, a long-lasting foundation is going to stay on better than an average foundation, giving you smudge-proof coverage.
4. Setting Sprays and Powders
Have you ever hugged someone and left a makeup mark on their shirt? If you have, then you know how embarrassing this can be. This happens because your makeup is not smudge-proof! When you are applying your makeup, it is important to properly set it. Some prefer to use a powder, while others love their setting spray. It’s a good idea to try both to see which one works best for you. Once you know, you can incorporate it into your routine and say goodbye to makeup stains on your clothes. Try Urban Decay’s All Night Long-Lasting setting spray. If you prefer a setting powder, remember to get a translucent one, so you don’t add additional color to your makeup!
5. Eye Shadow Primer
It’s all fun and games applying eye shadow until it is sitting in the crease of your eyes. Ladies, you know exactly what I am talking about. You spent 20 minutes getting the perfect cut crease and by the end of the night, it looks like a hot mess. To keep this from happening, you have to prime your eyes! While this might sound strange, it really works. Use a primer on your eyelids before you add shadow. The primer allows the shadow to go on smoother and the color to last longer. It’s a must in the summer to make your eye shadow smudge-proof.
6. Waterproof Mascara
Waterproof mascara is great for year-round wear, but particularly in summer. In the summer, heat and humidity can take a toll on your mascara. Even your own body can turn against you on a super hot day. When this happens, the natural oil on your face can melt your mascara right off! By using waterproof mascara, you are giving your lashes a chance to last. Not only will waterproof mascara stay on better in heat, but it’s also WATER-proof. So feel free to go for a swim, knowing your mascara won’t smudge!
7. Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid eyeliner can be a little intimidating if you have never used it before. On the other hand, raccoon eyes are never in style. If you are looking to smudge-proof your eyeliner, the liquid is the way to go! It comes in both a pen and a brush form. Some say it’s easier to use a pen and some like using the brush. Either way, you can get the look you want. It’s recommended that you start with a fine tip applicator rather than jumping straight to a thicker tip. This way you can build up to the desired thickness or dramatic look.
8. Tinted Lip Balm
You shouldn’t have to worry about spreading lipstick when adding color to your lips. The hot temperatures in summer can soften regular lipstick causing it to spread along the lines around your lips. Instead, try using a tinted lip balm to get the color you want! Use a lip liner in the same shade, just like you normally would, and then apply the lip balm. Once the moisture sinks in, you’ll be left with a subtle color that won’t smudge. Now you can have the perfect smudge-proof pout!
9. Blotting Papers
Makeup is meant to highlight your features, not outshine them. Bronzer, highlighter, and blush are great finishing touches when applied right. However, if you find yourself getting extra shiny throughout the day, don’t apply more makeup to cover it up. You should simply use blotting paper! This way you remove the extra oil while keeping your makeup intact. If you apply more makeup, you’ll only end up with a cake face.
10. Less Is More
If a full face of makeup isn’t your thing, don’t worry BB and CC creams are a great alternative. BB (blemish balms) creams are a mix of primer, concealer, and other skin benefits providing light coverage. CC (color correcting) creams give you fuller coverage and are still lighter than a normal foundation. Depending on which one you like best, don’t forget to use a setting spray or powder. This way you’ll get a smudge-proof look while still getting the coverage you want.
Which smudge-proof item can’t you live without? What is your best summer makeup tip? Comment and share it with us below!
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Hi my name is Kristen and I am 26 years old. I went to Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). I majored in Integrative Public Relations with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. After graduation, I worked for Macy's in a variety of positions. I love shopping until I drop and consider it my cardio! I've been lucky enough to travel quite a bit and hope to do more so in the future. I am an energetic, sassy and fun loving person who loves her family (dog), friends and donuts!