Friday, July 22, 2011

Allure Magazine's Meltproof Makeup Tips

Let's face it, we all need some help keeping our make-up on when temperatures start to rise. Here are a few tips from Allure magazine to help our make up last longer in the heat!

1. Take Time To Prime

The key to long-lasting foundation and color is the most commonly skipped step: primer. Seriously—the stuff works. All you need is a pea-size dot of a lightweight, oil-free formula; apply it to moisturized skin before your concealer and foundation

2. Be Dense
DuWop Circle Block
Blemishes and blotchy skin don't vanish in the hot weather, but the wrong concealer definitely can. What you want is a densely pigmented (but not liquidy) cream formula. Our pick:DuWop Circle Block. Use your ring finger to dab the concealer on dark circles; apply to red spots with a small brush, and then pat with your finger to blend the cover-up into the skin.

3. Lighten Up
Model applying foundation with a damp sponge.
Think of foundation this way: The less you put on, the less there is to slide off. A dampened makeup sponge is the ideal tool for applying it so that it goes on light and sheer. Put a few drops on a damp foam-latex sponge, and swipe it from the middle of your face outward in short strokes. Give it a minute or so to set before you apply other makeup.

4. Choose Creamy Shadows

Laura Mercier Satinée Crème Eye Colour
When sweat and powders mix, the result isn't pretty. Sheer cream shadows tend to cake less in hot weather (plus, they glisten in the sun).

5.  Sweatproof Your Lashes

Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer in the summer. It can withstand the office, the gym, the pool, and the bar without smudging. But some can fade to gray in a few hours. Our favorite inky sheens:Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Waterproof Mascara and Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara.

6. Flush with Greatness
Flush With Greatness
As with powder shadow, powder blush and perspiration don't mix. Instead, rub a bright pink or coral cream or gel blush on the apples of your cheeks, and blend. We likeStila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in Fuchsia and Gerbera andNars The Multiple Stick in Turks and Caicos andBeverly Hills.

7. Tint Your Lips

Lip gloss just looks right come summer: It's fun. It's easy… But it can also get runny and sticky in the sun. A tinted lip balm with a high wax content won't turn to mush in your bag or on your mouth. We like Aveda Lip Tints SPF 15. Other good options are sheer lipsticks and stains, such as Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupté Gloss Sticksand Mark Kissink Lip Tintmarker.

8. Blot it Out
Instead of repowdering throughout the day—extra layers can cause cakey product buildup in warm weather—keep plasticky oil-blotting sheets at your desk and in your purse. Dabbed over your face, they soak up excess oil without messing up your makeup. We love Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets.

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