December 10, 2015 0 Comments Makeup

Q&A: My Current Foundation Is Sliding Off My Face In The Summer Heat. What Should I Switch To? Answered!

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Question:

My current foundation is sliding off my face in the summer heat. What should I switch to? 

Answer:

So the soaring temperatures are making your current foundation move all over your face making it look muddy on your cheeks and sweaty on your upper lip and brow bone! Super frustrating. Sounds to me like it’s time to save face (pardon the pun!) and switch your trusty winter foundation for a more longer-lasting summer option that will allow your skin to still look glowy, minus any sweaty shine.

Picking a summer foundation isn’t just about changing the shade to one that’s darker. It’s also about changing the formulation and finding one that’s more mattifying and will soak up any extra oil your skin produces during the day.

Here are some of my tips for shopping for a summer foundation!

Summer foundation shopping tips:

  1. Pick the right colour: Depending on how dark your skin gets in summer, you’ll need to go up a shade or two. The best way to determine your new shade is to sample a few different colours from a range of brands. Apply the shade directly to your cheek in neat lines and see which one blends with your natural skin colour the best (it should appear invisible as it’s the exact same shade!) under natural light.
  2. Switch your foundation formulation: Switch your dewy winter foundation for a more mattifying summer one. This formula will soak up any excess oil you produce during the day meaning less shiny spots on your face! Because you will be producing more sebum, it’s unlikely you’ll find this new mattifying foundation too drying on your face the way you might in winter when the cold weather and wind strip our skin of moisture.
  3. Apply it right: When applying your new mattifying foundation, use a damp sponge (like a Beauty Blender) to give a more sheer finish. The more sheer your coverage is, the less chance it will melt off your face.
  4. Set it and forget it: Don’t forget to properly set your makeup for longer lasting wear. Dust on some translucent powder but don’t use too much as heavy powder can look unnatural and suffocating on the skin, especially in summer.

Luxe-to-less mattifying foundations

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Shop: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, $61. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation, $29.95

Hope this helps! If you have any other questions (the weirder the better, so don’t be shy!) please post them below!

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