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Make Makeup Heat-Proof

Summer heat and humidity can literally melt your makeup, and ruin it in other ways.

But The Early Show's stylist to the stars, David Evangelista, says a few simple changes in your makeup routine could keep it in good shape the entire day, and leave your skin glowing.

One problem prompting the need to change things over in the summer is that there's so much moisture in the air that most of the standard lotions and cleansers won't do the job they did during the colder days, he explains.

Evangelista's work-arounds:


The hot weather can wreak havoc on your makeup. When you sweat, your makeup fades, so, before you put your makeup on, create a clean, oil-free canvas. There is such a thing as over-hydrating your skin, and most of this stuff will just sit on top of your skin. That's why, when you apply makeup, it slips and slides with the heat. So, avoid using cream-based makeup products — the cream contains oils and will not be absorbed. Switch to gel-based ones.

Step 1: Wash your face with an oil-controlling formula to help reduce shine.
Products: PeterThomasRoth Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel, oil-free; PeterThomasRoth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, oil-free
Apply a gel moisturizer. A gel is lighter than a cream and more refreshing during summer months.
Product: Matifying Skin Revitalizing Gel-Cream

Step 2: Create a barrier between your skin and the heat with a primer. Smooth it over your face after cleansing, and let it dry before following up with foundation, or skip foundation, since primer also diffuses imperfections. And, if your face is dry, it won't readily absorb cream, whereas, if you use toner, your skin will drink up moisturizer like a sponge.

You can apply primer all over your face if you want but, if you have specific areas of concern, such as under the eyes, around your nose etc., places you're normally concerned about, and you want to make sure your concealer sticks, use primer

Bright, summer sun makes most foundations look heavy and they can streak if you perspire, so pick a lightweight, tinted moisturizer. Lighter than foundation, tinted moisturizers still cover flaws but feel less "cakey." And while foundations can feel as if they're melting off your face, tinted moisturizers won't. Always look for one with a good SPF to protect your skin all day long.
Product: Hydramax + Tinted Moisture Boost Lotion SPF 15 — lightweight and oil-free moisturizer


If you need your foundation you can mix a little in with your moisturizer. That will give you some coverage, without the heaviness. You can also use a powder foundation, which also gives you light coverage and can also control oil. Also, make sure to use a little concealer on your under eye circles, if needed. If you want to wear heavier foundation, look for a product that controls oil.

You could mix a little bit of your foundation and lotion to create your own tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers are a great way to get some coverage without the heaviness. Or, you could buy one.


BRONZE ME, BABY! Bronzer is a great way to give your skin that healthy, sun-kissed look without the sun damage. Apply it with a large powder brush on your forehead, cheeks, and nose for a more realistic glow. HOWEVER: If you normally apply self-tanner on your face, skip this step.
PRODUCT: Brush-Me Bronze bronzing powder. Applying bronzer may also help eliminate the use of a foundation or a blush, because it's the only thing your face may need for a natural summer glow.



To keep eye shadow from creeping into your eyelid crease, prime lids with an eye shadow primer. Primer should also hold your eyeliner, but to ensure it also doesn't rub off on lids, apply eye shadow over the line to "set it." Better yet, skip the pencil eyeliners for summer and opt instead for a liquid liner, which won't budge as the day wears on. As for mascara, the waterproof type is a great bet.


Apply blush and eye makeup just as you normally would, but remember not to apply as much as you do in the winter. Choose lighter colors in oil control products whenever possible. If you plan on going in the pool or hitting the waves at the beach, use waterproof eye makeup.

Just because it's hot and sticky doesn't mean you can't have lasting makeup. Choose products that will help create a healthy glow and control oil. Pick colors that are flattering, but not too bold. With the right techniques and colors, you can create a flawless look that will stay on all day.


Do you get a handful of melted mess when you open your lipstick? Stop it before it starts! If you're heading to the beach or park equipped with a cooler for your soda, toss your lipstick in. Or bring a pot of gloss or a tube with a wand instead of a bullet of lipstick. That way, if the color melts, it will cool into the same shape. Salvage it: If your lipstick is soft but not yet dribbling, place it in the fridge or prop it up near an air conditioner. If it's really liquidy, scoop the lipstick into a small, empty plastic pot, and — voilà! — a new carrier for your favorite color!


Before you leave the house to brave the summer heat, don't forget to set your makeup. That keeps colors from fading. A few spritzes cool it into place.

And, always have oil-blotting sheets handy — or risk having a shiny complexion all day. If you have oily skin and don't like the sheen, put away your powder compact and opt instead for blotting sheets. They erase the oil from your skin without messing up your makeup, whereas powder is placed OVER the sheen, resulting in a 'cakey' look if you powder too frequently.