Base Makeup

Keep cool, even in sweltering heat.
Melt-proof base makeup techniques

Here are the three big secrets to controlling makeup meltdown.

1SkincareNever slack off on pre-makeup skincare, even in summer.

You may think warm weather keeps your skin moisturized, and simplify your skincare routine in an effort to prevent stickiness. But these habits just put skin on a fast track to makeup meltdown, because skin is either too dry or too greasy. Make sure you don’t get lazy with summer skincare, so you can maintain your skin’s moisture and sebum balance. Try an astringent lotion to tighten pores in the notoriously melt-prone T-zone and around your nose – and keep makeup looking fresh.

2Makeup BaseBase your choice on your own personal skin concerns.

There are many types of makeup bases. Some minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, and others correct dull or uneven skin tones. Choose a makeup base that suits your specific skin concerns, and apply it evenly, starting at the center of your face, moving toward the edges, and then blending all the way to your neck, to avoid an obvious break between the neck and face. Apply another layer of base over any problem areas, to achieve a smooth, beautiful finish. Before applying foundation, touch your face lightly with the back of your hand to check for stickiness. If you feel any, blot lightly with a tissue.

3FoundationFor melt-proof makeup, a little goes a long way.

Too much foundation can cause your makeup finish to look caked on, or uneven. Use as little foundation as possible for a natural-looking, smudge-proof finish.

How to spread foundation

With your fingers relaxed, start from the center of your face and work outward.

  • Spread foundation following the lines of your facial muscles.
  • When you start from the center of your face and work outward, the foundation on your sponge or fingers decreases as you go. This will give you a natural, sculpted look.
  • For large areas such as the cheeks and forehead, use large, gliding motions.
  • For small areas such as around your nose and the inner corners of your eyes, use small, careful movements.

With a little practice, these techniques make it easy to achieve a sheer, natural-looking, melt-proof finish for your base makeup, for a cool look that lasts through those long, hot summer days.