Things are heating up here in Chicago, finally. Warmer weather (regardless of when it actually starts here in the Windy City) is always long overdue because of the brutal winters. Living here wreaks havoc on skin because you go from negative winter temperatures to smoldering heat…and don’t even get me started on all the air pollution that clogs pores.
Anyway, there are a few additional tips and tricks I add into my skincare/makeup routine each year when summer rolls around and since I get lots of questions about my makeup and skincare products, I figured I would share these little tidbits with you all 🙂
I love makeup primer because frankly it makes all the other products I am using, ‘wear’ so much better. But what works for winter weather doesn’t always work for summer, so I switch this essential beauty product when mother nature switches seasons. For Winter, I opt for a lightweight, noncomedogenic primer (like Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer), but that doesn’t always cut it for my makeup during the summer because of the hear, humidity and sweat. So for summer, I tend to gravitate toward something a little heavier. This does tend to cause a few more breakouts due to clogged pores so it’s important for me to be diligent about washing my face (something we should all be diligent about everyday, right?!). This year, I am loving Chanel’s Lumiere Illuminating Makeup Base. It isn’t heavy at all and actually feels more like a tinted moisturizer, which is a huge bonus. I recently switched a few of my skincare products to Chanel as well, and frankly my skin has never looked better (minus a few wrinkles I’m noticing from aging – yikes!).
Maybe it’s just me, but I do NOT sweat like a delicate little lady in the summer. You’d think I’d be accustomed to heat and hot temperatures having been born and raised in the south, but nope – once it feels like an oven outside, the sweat starts and before you know it, my mascara and eyeliner has run and I look like a raccoon. So each Summer, I invest in the waterproof version of my favorite mascara, and eyeliner brands…and of course I can’t just have ONE favorite brand of mascara…I like to layer two different brands 🙂
This one may seem relatively obvious, but humor me for a second. We should be applying sunscreen as part of our daily routines…and I do such on a daily basis. BUT Summer temperatures mean less clothing and more time spent outdoors, so maintaining the same sunscreen regimen simply won’t cut it. For warmer months, I opt for stronger sunscreen and I reapply frequently. I also opt for foundations that contain sunscreens as well. A double dose keeps the doctors away…that’s the hope anyway!
If wearing bronzer all year long is wrong, then I’m guilty as charged 🙂 I prefer to have a little extra glow and faux sun on my face 365 days out of the year, especially since I don’t get out too frequently to catch a few real rays on my face (evident in the photos above lol). So as a result, I fake it till I make it, and I use a tried and true method to give me and my melon a little warmth. Ever heard of the ‘3’ method? It’s pretty simple…just draw a 3 on each side of your face (the left side will be backwards) with your bronzer, making sure to hit the top of your forehead, down the side of your face, under your cheekbone and along the jawline.
Sure, I still wear my favorite lipsticks from time to time during the summer, but with all the sunshine, the humidity and the heat, my lips get so dry and chapped – even worse than during the winter. I have naturally dry lips to begin with (I swear it doesn’t matter how much water I drink in a day!!) so the heat can make them SO dry they bleed during the summer (sounds pretty right?!). For those days that my lips just can’t handle anymore Ruby Woo, I lather on loads of my favorite chapsticks so I can save the sultry smooches for date nights with Joe 🙂
Be sure to share your own summer makeup survival tips below!!
Happy Monday 🙂