No-sweat summer makeup
At the beach, at the pool, on the run – how to keep your summer look from melting off.
To find the perfect balance in the summer heat, think twice about using primer.
I've sat in a sauna cranked up to 139 degrees, jumped rope as fast as I can and trudged for 42 infernal minutes on an elliptical machine at the gym.
All of this frenzied activity took place in full makeup: primer, foundation, eyeliner, shadow, mascara and lipstick. What a sight.
Except for the part about being young and followed by a couple of TV cameras, I imagined it was how Paris Hilton or the Klan Kardashian approached their beauty/workout routines.
And why was I sweating in all that makeup? To test a bunch of low- and high-end products (click link to see them) to determine the best strategy for summer brides — and the rest of us — to keep our cosmetics from dripping and oozing in the summer heat, sun and humidity.
In short, what's the best way to avoid what is, literally, a hot mess? And are more expensive products worth the added cost?
One word: waterproof. That's pretty much all you need to know.
Everything I tried (except the lipstick) still looked good after 14 hours and a lot of activity. That being true, I say save the money and choose the cheaper options.
Another piece of advice: Think twice about using under-makeup primer. It's supposed to reduce pore size and prep your skin to give you a smoother base and add longevity to your foundation. Even with a 10X magnifying mirror, I didn't see any difference. The makeup didn't stay fresher longer, and I say skip it.
Summer makeup tips
• Buy waterproof everything.
• Bargain brands are often as good as or better than pricier options.
• Use lots of soap and water to remove makeup.
• Oil-free eye makeup remover helps (but wash off thoroughly before reapplying eye makeup).
• "Long-wear" lipstick often doesn't but MAC Longwear Lipcolour (maccosmetics.com, $22) stays on for many hours.