How To: Prevent Your Face From Melting Off

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Today we’re talking about spring and summer makeup and how to keep your face on all day long in the sweltering heat. If you’re like most people, you may notice in the spring and summer months, your skin gets a little more oily. This is because the air holds more moisture in these seasons which leads to overactive sebaceous glands (my least favourite word). These glands are located all over the body but especially on the face, and they are what produces oil. Not only are we becoming oily, we’re also sweating. All this moisture leads to face makeup breaking up, eye makeup melting off, and a face shiner than Solange Knowles 2017 Vogue fashion fund dinner outfit.
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So, I am here to save the day once again with some tips and tricks to keep your makeup looking fre$h all day.

Tip #1: Be minimal
Now I know this one seems like common sense, but less makeup equals less opportunity for sweat and oil to melt things. Spot conceal or opt for a tinted moisturizer instead of a full face of foundation, a tinted brow gel instead of a powder or pencil, and simplifying eye makeup are all ways to minimize makeup while still looking put together.

Tip #2: Waterproof mascara
Not water-resistant, water-proof. There is a difference. Water-resistant mascara will stay in tact if you get caught in the rain for a moment, but in a full day of being hit with moisture, it just won’t stand up to the pressure. I know a lot of people don’t love water-proof mascara because it is more difficult to remove, but a good rub-down with coconut oil will melt it off at the end of the day. Water-proof will be worth the removal process because there is nothing worse than the raccoon eyes that occur after a sweaty day with a weak mascara. My favourite product for this is the Benefit Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($30 CAD).

Tip #3: Baking and a good setting spray
If you absolutely must wear a full face of makeup, there are techniques you can use to make your makeup last longer. Baking your makeup is a technique that involves applying a thick layer of translucent powder (either all over the face or in the areas that get the most oily/sweaty), allowing it to set or ‘bake’ into the skin for a few minutes, and then dusting away the excess (see YouTube videos for a visual). This technique allows your skin to absorb as much powder as possible; the powder will then absorb sweat and oil. My favourite baking powders are the CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder ($42 CAD) and the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder ($38 CAD).
Another tip is a good setting spray. I like to think of setting spray as a hairspray for your face; it locks in the makeup and holds it in place. I like to use the baking technique and setting spray together to create bulletproof makeup. Setting spray after baking can also help to remove any chalky or powdery residue on the skin, making it look more hydrated and smooth. My favourite setting sprays are MAC Fix + ($30 CAD) and Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ($40 CAD) …sometimes I’ll even use both setting sprays together so I could successfully jump in a pool and still look flawless.

Tip #4: Blotting papers/powders
A good set of blotting papers/powder will allow you to remove any excess oil/sweat on the face without disrupting your makeup underneath. These products are made to absorb moisture. I personally prefer blotting papers over powders because I find blotting powders tend to cake up when they come in contact with the dampness of the face – if you’ve ever accidentally put a powder over top of a still-wet foundation, you’ll know what I mean. Also, blotting papers are typically more convenient to travel with. My favourite are the Sephora Collection Mattifying Blotting Films ($10 CAD). They remove moisture, leave a matte finish behind, and are super travel-friendly.

There are 4 simple steps to create summer-proof makeup. By implemeting these tips into your makeup routine, sweat, oil, and water are no competition. What other summer makeup issues do you run into? And what are your favourite steps to keeping your face on in the heat?
Until next time,

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