Summer is a time to play! Out of all the seasons, none more than the summer months beckon us outdoors for playtime: Sports, picnics, and other hot-weather activities abound. This can pose a beauty challenge: Who wants to have a face full of makeup when enjoying the beach, swimming at the pool, or playing a round of volleyball or golf?
Even if your outdoor activity consists of just taking your lunch outside to enjoy the weather, an overly made-up face will appear especially unnatural under clear, intense summer daylight.
This doesn’t mean you have to forgo makeup completely—very few of us are comfortable with a totally bare face. However, you can try the following tips to remain beautifully made up all the way up to September.
Go light. The first and foremost tip for summertime makeup is to use a lighter hand than you would in the cooler months. The main reason is apparent: Hot weather means more sweat, which also means more opportunities for smearing, sliding, and melting makeup.
If you rely on considerable coverage for your desired look, take heart—there are many ways to lighten up and still feel polished.
Go colorful, but carefully. What better time is there than summer to try out a beautiful golden glow? We all know it’s best not to get a real tan from the sun itself, but you can use bronzer for a believable bit of warmth. Swirling a bit of it on your face can make your eyes appear brighter, your teeth look whiter, and help you radiate a healthy vibe.
It can be tricky to apply, however. The easiest formulation for beginners is bronzing powder, which you can dust on key parts of your face for a believable look. The trick is to concentrate on areas where the sun naturally hits, such as your nose, cheekbones, forehead, and chin.
Go waterproof. This one should be a no-brainer. Whether we’re talking damp ocean breezes, inadvertent splashes from the kids in the pool, or just plain old perspiration, summer is a wet season. You can still look lovely, however—just choose waterproof makeup to stand up to these gentle assaults!
Feeling fresh? Finally! You can also apply some of these general concepts to your summer fragrance and hair care routines. Go lighter with the products, go for gleam and golden glow, and choose carefully to suit any outdoor activities you have on tap.
And the most important thing? Don’t forget a healthy application of sunscreen! This is important year-round, of course, but essential during the sunniest months of the year.
Have a beautiful summer!