The current heat wave is taking its toll on everything from food prices to the Olympics – so why not your make up! Yes it’s hot and sweaty and even muggy and all of these spell doom for your perfectly coifed hair and picture perfect makeup. Sun burn, shiny skin and breakouts are all a problem when the mercury soars. Here’s what you can do:
Switch to powder foundation
If your skin is oily and you want to get rid of the greasy look, you can switch to a powder based foundation. This will help reduce shine and give your skin a matte look. You can use a soft sponge or a small brush to apply the foundation. For women who have dry skin, a tinted moisturizer could be a good option.
Rather than a lipstick or a blush you can use stains. These color the skin without forming a cakey look or forming layer on top of the skin. So the color won’t be affected even if you sweat. Stains also tend to offer a more natural look than some other products.
Switch to a summer palette
As your dark woolen skirts and jackets have made way for lighter colored attire your make up should follow suit. Avoid vivid reds and other bright colors for your eye shadow, lip make up and blush. Instead choose light pastel shades that won’t be obvious even if they do run or smudge.
And also remember to apply your makeup with a light hand – in summer, less is more so keep your make up light and natural looking.
Opt for low maintenance hair styles
One of the reasons why you’re probably feeling all hot and bothered and sweaty is your hair. If you have long hair and wear it down all time that is probably what is making you feel hotter.
Think of getting a makeover – a shorter hair cut is more manageable, cooler and may also be low maintenance.
If you don’t want to chop off your treasured tresses, opt for chignons, a low bun or simple ponytails. An elegant updo will make you look glamorous, and braids will prep you for an informal do at a friend’s.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
And don’t forget the sunscreen because this is what will protect your skin; prevent premature drying and aging of skin. Opt for waterproof varieties and use sunscreen even on cloudy days.