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Hello, summer—we’ve been waiting for you! But with the change in season may come a need to switch up your makeup routine. For instance, you might want to consider swapping out your luminous finish foundation for one that’s matte—and you might want to stash a pack of blotting papers in your tote to help sop up excess grease midday. Here, 15 summer makeup hacks—including using primer before foundation and applying powder highlighter for a subtle glow—to help you get ready for the warm weather.
Your makeup routine shouldn’t begin until after you’ve take care of your complexion. If you tend to end up looking overly shiny in the summer, try adding the following mattifying skin care products to your regimen.
L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin: Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt oil and makeup up and away from the skin. This micellar water purifies and mattifies. Micellar water doesn’t require any rinsing, so you can toss a bottle in your bag to cleanse after a workout or when you’re traveling. Just don’t forget some cotton rounds! To use, saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin: Thought you didn’t need to use moisturizer if you had oily skin? Think again! Try a lightweight water-based moisturizer with a matte finish, like this one, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Smooth it over cleansed skin morning and night.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Face Mask: Using a face mask can be a totally relaxing experience. This one, which is formulated with three types of clay (kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava) and enhanced with eucalyptus leaf extract, is a great pick for those with shiny-looking complexions. Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils can build up on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oily. This mask can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off. Use three times a week for best results.
Oh, primer: This useful face makeup product is about to become your go-to during the summer. Primer can help create a smooth base to apply foundation as well as help keep your makeup in place. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer helps smooth lines, hide pores, and banish imperfections. Apply it after moisturizing dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over your whole face or to targeted areas—think under-eyes to smooth over fine lines, nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and your T-zone for a matte result. You can wear it alone or under foundation.
Speaking of foundation, reach for one with a matte finish in the summer—and follow up with a matte powder. While radiant finish foundation is great at helping to create glowing-looking skin, it might not be the right match for the summer months when you already look like you’re glistening thanks to the heat. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, then follow up with a dusting of the L’Oréal Paris Pro-Matte Powder.
On those super-hot days when you don’t feel like wearing a ton of makeup, reach for a multi-tasking BB cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, which has four actions in one. It primes, corrects, hydrates, and perfects. Talk about a one-stop shop! If you’re heading out on vacation, streamline your makeup bag and save space in your suitcase by packing a BB cream instead of a separate primer, color corrector, and foundation with you.
Who wants to touch up their makeup midday? Help set your look by spritzing on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray once you’re done applying all of your makeup. Shake the bottle well, then hold it 8-10 inches away from your face and spray four to six times in an X and T motion.
If you have a feeling you’re going to start looking greasy sometime during the day, be sure to put a pack of blotting papers in your purse before you leave in the morning. These sheets can help absorb excess oils on the surface of your skin.
Just as you may want to lighten your load when it comes to face makeup this season, you may also want to swap your matte lipstick for one with a shiny finish. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick comes in a variety of beautiful shades ranging from nudes to pinks to berries.
Say bye, bye to dark, smoldery smoky eyes for now. Instead, rock shimmery metal hues on your lids for a sunny look. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Sunshine, Amber Rush, or Silver Sky.
If there’s one makeup product that we believe can tie an entire look together, it would have to be mascara. Help add volume and length to your lashes with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.
A black cat eye might be perfect around holiday party season, but feel free to adventure outside your eye makeup comfort zone this summer by swapping your basic black eyeliner for one in a more colorful hue. Take your cat eye up a notch with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Electric Blue, then sweep a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue onto your lashes for a one-two punch of blue.
To fake a golden tan, reach for a bronzer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Bronze It Bronzer. To use, dust a light amount of bronzer onto the sides of your face in the shape of a “3.”
Summer is the season for outdoors evens—from BBQs to weddings—which is why choosing long-lasting or waterproof makeup could be a good idea depending on the occasion. Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Feline Waterproof Mascara, and remove it at the end of the day using the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes, which gently cleanse and remove all makeup—even waterproof mascara!
As far as highlighting during the summer goes, use a powder highlighter over a cream or liquid one, as you probably don’t want to veer into disco ball territory and come off looking too shiny. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette comes in warm and cool options to complement different skin tones.
When it comes to summer traveling, the more multitasking makeup products you have on hand, the less different items you’ll have to find room for in your suitcase. That’s why micellar water and BB cream are such great options. Another one to consider bringing with you? An eye shadow palette! You’ll be able to create a variety of different makeup looks without having to root around in your carry-on for different hues. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude contains 10 nude shades in three finishes (satin, matte, and sheen), so have fun mixing and matching!
White makeup is so in these days—so have fun with this shade this summer! Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in White. Rim your lower waterline with the pencil or line your upper lid for a bolder look that’s super-cool. Then, get a white mani and pedi to match!
Add these tips to your makeup arsenal to help prep yourself for the upcoming warmer weather. By having a few key makeup products at your disposal to swapping out a few of your go-tos, you can help get your summer makeup routine in order before the season gets into full swing. For more summer makeup tips, here are 3 Long-Lasting Makeup Looks That Are Perfect for Summer Weather. We hope you have an awesome summer planned!