Surviving the humidity is a topic that I receive a lot of mail about. Just last year, I wrote about several essential products that get me through the muggy, sweltering D.C. days. But today, I want to talk specifically about makeup.
Wearing a full face of makeup during the dog days of summer is about as pleasant as wearing a bikini in January, in Siberia. By noon, your skin gets so shiny, you could flag down a rescue helicopter just by nodding your head and everything just feels gross. But never fear, there are a few products that I highly recommend for sweltering summer days.
Primer. When it gets sunny and sweaty, I like to switch from my regular NARS primer to City Block from Clinique. It’s SPF 40, so it protects against sun damage. It’s humidity proof and it works well on sensitive skin. And best of all, it’s only $18 and lasts forever.
Tinted Moisturizer. Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturizer is the best one on the market, in my opinion. I own two shades, my regular color and one two shades darker, so that I can mix them together to find my perfect shade should I decide to spend my Saturday by the pool.
At $42, this product is a bit pricey. So if you need to save not splurge, I recommend Boots No. 7 Soft and Sheer Tinted Moisturizer from Target and $12.
Oil-Absorbing Powder. If you’re going to wear a liquid foundation on a day like today, you need to set it. Again, I like Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Powder ($32). I apply it with a large powder brush. I also puff up my cheeks like a blowfish to make sure I get good coverage. It looks silly, but it works.
If you’re on a budget, I also use Physician’s Formula Correcting Powder ($12). The green tones down redness, while the pink brightens skin and the fine powder sets your makeup. And, like the Laura Mercier, it can be applied throughout the day without looking cakey.
Eye Makeup Base. I haven’t been able to wear eyeliner for a week, because every time I apply it, it drips down onto my cheek within an hour. Luckily, a friend recommended Urban Decay Potion ($19) to help keep my eyeliner and eyeshadow in place on a humid day. Hopefully, it works since looking like a teary co-ed on a walk of shame is not my idea of a good look.
On that note, I should probably mention that waterproof mascara is also a must. But since I hate every mascara that I’ve ever tried except Max Factor (which they no longer sell), perhaps some of you ladies can recommend one in the comments.
And remember, on these hot and humid days, it’s very important to hydrate. So grab a bottle of Aquafina, because it’s going to be a scorcher.