We all walk that fine line between glowing goddess and greasy face in the summer. A foundation with a natural or dewy finish is what we want to reach for in the summer because it gives the skin that fresh face look but if you have oily skin, that can be a detrimental decision. The key is to pick products suited for your skin type, as always; it all begins with the skin.
1. Prep Your Skin Like a Pro
Long-lasting foundation starts with a flawless canvas—which means no dryness, no flakiness and no irritation. Wash your skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser that clears away impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Follow with a hydrating spritz of facial mist to keep skin damp, then a light, hydrating moisturizer that contains aloe vera, which contains ultra-balancing nutrients known to help combat acne and aging. Moisturizing skin without drying it out is key to making foundation look natural and smooth!
2. Go Light and Watery With Foundation
In hot and humid weather, the ideal scenario is to lighten up on the makeup. We know, we know, not always possible if you’re a full-on glam gal, but try it first! If you have blemishes or other spots you want to hide, try a tinted moisturizer and spot concealing where necessary. You’ll be amazed at how much that alone can disguise. If you want more coverage, opt for water-based foundation, apply a light layer and spot conceal where necessary.
3. Get to Know Water-Based vs. Silicone Primers
Oftentimes, layering a water-based product on top of a silicone-based formula doesn’t mix well. Here’s why: silicone-based primers sit on top of the skin, whereas their water-based counterparts are absorbed into the skin. Because silicone is heavier than water, it will “weigh down” the skin in hot weather. This is why some people experience their foundation slipping around throughout the day while using silicone primers.
Bonus Tips: Always set your foundation with a mattifying powder and keep blotting tissues with you for extra-oily zones, like the forehead. You can also mist your face with a mattifying setting spray throughout the day. Not only will it feel refreshing, it will help reduce some of the shine!