Monday, June 1, 2015


sarasota beach
I took this pic on a recent trip to Sarasota.  Guyssss, it was gorgeous.  Kinda wish I was there right now...

Seeing as it’s June 1st and summer is right around the corner I thought what better way to kick off the season than to share my best tips & tricks for summer beauty.  We take the time and make the effort to put makeup on in the morning and there’s nothing worse than having it melt off your face by midday.  I've learned this the hard way, especially when I moved to Florida last year and realized the heat and humidity here is on a whole other level than it was in New York.  This post is as much for me as it is for you.  So keep reading to learn the best ways I've found to beat the heat and make sure that makeup stays looking fabulous.
1. Prime, baby prime.
Priming your face will be your best friend and save you touch ups and splotchy foundation later in the day.  My personal favorite is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, but use whatever works for you.  And after all your makeup is done why not lock that look in place by finishing with a setting spray.  I love the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water as both a before & after facial spray, but Urban Decay and L’oreal also make great ones.    

2. Less is more.
Seriously repeat after me, less is more.  I have made this mistake once, twice, three times a lady ok.  When I used to live in NYC I would pile the makeup on before we headed to ‘da club and after a couple hours of being smushed and in 1000 degree heat my makeup transformed into melted sweat mixed with sadness.  The look of clown is not cute on anyone.  Keep your look super simple this summer by losing your liquid foundation and opting for a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or CC cream.  (I love the IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer!)  These formulas also often have SPF to boot, making your skincare regimen that much easier.  Focus on your brows, throw on some mascara, and pick a bright matte lip color.  Keep it super simple.

melt proof summer makeup

3. Think creams, not powders.
Powders have a tendency to break up in heat and will wear unevenly and look splotchy in humidity.  Your best best is to stick with creams and stains.  Save your lip glosses and try a bold matte lip color such as the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart.  Now is the time of year to use your cream blushes and my two favorites are the Stila Convertible Colors and Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelees.  The two-in one aspect of these products makes touch ups a breeze.  Another favorite is the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer.

4. Waterproof your eyes. 
It’s hot out there ladies and whether we’re sweating, crying, or taking a dip in our neighbor’s pool all that moisture wreaks havoc on our eye makeup.  The key is to avoid waxy eye pencils at all costs (wax melts in heat) and stick with a gel or liquid eyeliner.  (I love the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.)  On the same note, while waterproof mascaras can be very drying and a pain in the rear to take off your best bet is to apply a layer of your favorite mascara and then go in for a second coat with a waterproof version.  This trick will form a protective waterproof layer so you don’t look like a raccoon, but it won’t dry out your lashes and ensure easy removal at night.

5. Blotting Papers are your friend.   
For reals.  Nothing de-shines faster than a good ‘ole oil blotting sheet.  And caking on layer after layer of powder to de-shine turns into disasterville fast. My favorite are the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, but another option if your in a pinch is to use one ply from a tissue. 

Follow these tips and I ensure that your makeup won't cake and your mascara won't run-even in the hottest and stickiest of climates.  Last weekend when my friend was visiting we spent the afternoon at the pool and I wasn't wearing waterproof mascara.  I thought "oh, no big deal I'll just wipe it off with my towel it won't be that bad."  Upon her gasping at my sight and insisting I wear my sunglasses through the hotel lobby on our return to the room I knew it was bad.  When looking at my reflection in the mirror I gave 'raccoon' a new definition.  Learn from my mistakes ladies and don't be me, aka the girl with scary black under eyes, at the pool.  We've all been there, but hopefully these tips will be helpful for you this summer.  Leave me a comment below letting me know your favorite melt proof beauty products!

xoxo Nicole

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