Makeup & Beauty Habits You Should Break For The Summer

By now you should know that when the seasons change, so should some of the items in your makeup and beauty arsenal. But what about the way you approach your beauty routine? To totally cover your bases, it’s important to not only switch out your makeup and beauty items throughout the year, it’s also essential to break certain habits and make sure that your summertime beauty regimen works in harmony with the summer months.

Hotter days mean a challenge for your makeup and an even greater need to beef up your skincare routine. For those of you who feel the need to spend extra time “putting on your face,” you can find comfort in the fact that summer brings with it an air of simplicity. What does that mean for your beauty regimen? Less is more!

One of the first habits you’ll have to break for the summer is the use of loads of foundation. Summer means natural beauty so the caked on foundation look is totally out. It not only looks unflattering but once the sweat hits your complexion, your face will literally melt off. This can result in breakouts and blemishes, not to mention clogged pores. You don’t need to have flawless skin to be able to skip the foundation but if you’ve got blemishes or other imperfections, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a little concealer. But you won’t need the foundation. Instead, make tinted moisturizer your friend or go without anything at all, if you can pull it off. For those going completely all natural with the complexion, be sure to use a sunscreen with SPF on your face or use a moisturizer with SPF in the formula.

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Speaking of moisturizer, unless you’ve got the oily skin, to begin with, keeping your face hydrated is a must for the summer. But there is a right and a wrong way to do this. Many make the mistake of applying sunscreen then their moisturizer and then makeup. The end result is a greasy look. Whether you’re using both sunscreen and moisturizer or a moisturizer with SPF, let it sit on your complexion for at least 5-10 minutes. Most moisturizers quickly absorb into the skin but it will sit a lot better throughout the day if you allow it proper time to soak into your pores.

One thing you won’t have to worry about this summer is extensive eye makeup. Keep with the all-natural rule this summer and lay off of the layers of eyeshadow, especially the darker colors. The sun’s rays love to target eye makeup. So simplify your makeup by sticking to brighter colors and not carrying a heavy hand when applying eyeliner and mascara (if possible, skip the liner altogether and stick to no more than two coats of mascara). If you’re going to wear eye makeup on a hot day, be sure to apply primer on your eyelids beforehand.

Being out and about during hot weather not only takes a toll out on your face but your hair as well. The one thing you want to avoid is frying your hair. So for the warmer months, skip out on blow drying and stick to air drying your hair. If you’ve got unmanageable hair, use a good spritz and scrunch your hair into a style you can work with. Make sure you use a product that is alcohol-free. This saves you lots of time and keeps your hair safe from breakage and split ends.