1. If you are determined to get full coverage out of your summer makeup, look for oil-free foundations and concealers. Oil-free products are noncomedogenic so they won’t clog pores and are safe for sensitive skin. Use a dampened sponge for easier application. Follow the foundation with a dusting of setting powder like a setting powder from Arbonne for extra staying power.
2. Waterproof mascara, an old stand by, has an added polymer that makes the formula stick to your lashes and resistant to water. Another option is lash tinting, done only by a professional, which mimics the look of mascara but won’t fade for at least four weeks. To avoid mascara smudges on your eyelids, apply a dusting of pressed powder on your brow bone. I love Christian Dior’s Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara.
3. To avoid creased lids or eyeshadow slippage, apply a face or eye primer before shadow. I always use an eye primer on brides. Avoid creamy foundations or concealers on your lids as this will just speed up the creasing and slippage. Also instead of a wax brow pencil, which is prone to slip, try to use a waterproof brow pen. Brow pens are water and sweat resistant and deposit a subtle color, which makes it easy to build the intensity.
4. For your lips use a two step lipstick and a lip liner. The lip liner, which will help the lipstick stay on the lips, should be the same color as your lipstick and should be applied to the outside edge of the lips before applying lipstick. Finish with the color and seal with the accompanying top coat. I recommend Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor.
5. For your cheeks skip powder formulas in the summer and use a cream or gel based blush instead. I have told her that the trick to gel blush is to act fast. Once you’ve applied the gel to the cheeks blend with either a damp makeup sponge or damp cotton ball in an upward motion. This will give you an even layer and stain free hands. I like creamy blushes from MAC.