Summer Beauty Swap
By Melissa Gulden
Trade in the Heavy and go a Little LighterAugust 2015
By Melissa Gulden
Beauty products are like baseball players—even the best performers get traded every season. Consider replacing heavy hitters (creams, hair masks, heavy lipsticks) with lighter, high-endurance formulas. Summer is in full swing, and with it, the sun, the salt and the sweat. Here’s what to swap out for summer, and what you need to stay looking fabulous, even as temperatures rise.
1. Shelve your creamy face wash and try a foaming one instead; it’s better at removing sweat, oil and stubborn waterproof products. It’s also important to swap out your SPF 15 moisturizer for a non-greasy sunscreen with an SPF of 30+. Use a fast-absorbing formula with strong UV protection. And trade your foundation for a beauty balm cream, which won’t feel heavy or settle in creases.
2. Just as you switch to breezy skirts and cotton tees, dress your face with lighter makeup. Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer. Sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days. If you need a bit more coverage, brush powder foundation over blemishes or areas of redness around your nose. For longer-lasting shadow, smooth on an eye primer. It will minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to cling to so it lasts longer. For the ultimate in all-day wearability, layer a powder over a cream. Doubling up works for liner, too. Apply your regular pencil or cream liner, then use a small angled brush to press dark shadow over the liner to set it for longer wear. If you’ve tried waterproof mascaras in the past but found them less than stellar, it’s time to give ‘em another go—today’s formulas are much better. Can’t bear to switch from your favorite? Apply a waterproof version on the tips of your lashes over your regular mascara to boost its staying power.
3. And just as you’re probably more likely to wear a vivid top or carry a bright bag this season, now is the perfect time to play up your makeup palette. Besides looking summery, livelier colors brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin. Try a bright pink lip or cheeks, just for fun. Since heavy lip colors can often feel like overkill once the weather warms up, many women opt for clear balm or skip their lips altogether. But just because you’re feeling low-maintenance doesn’t mean you have to look it.
4. And finally, swap out your old bottles of sunscreen and replace with fresh ones. Even if the sunscreen hasn’t reached the expiration date, every time you open a bottle of sunscreen, oxygen degrades the SPF ingredients, reducing its potency. A year-old bottle won’t offer the same level of protection. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it: A “fake” tan is the only safe tan. Lying out in the sun (or worse, a tanning bed) is one of those things your mom always warned you about, but you did anyway—hence, the aforementioned dark spots. Create your own (safe) golden complexion by using a combination of liquid foundation and shimmery highlighter. And always start with a primer, especially in the summer. They’re incredibly light and they really help hold makeup in place. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter— everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin and nose.
Just because mercury is on the rise, doesn’t mean your style has to decline. So get out there and feel beautiful at the park, the beach or anywhere else these last days of summer may take you.