Summer Makeup Tips: The Do’s & Don’ts

Summer Makeup Tips: The Do’s & Don’ts

When the temperature starts to shoot up to 40 degrees, and a hand fan becomes your best friend, it means summer is officially here. Be it your wardrobe, skincare regime or your summer makeup routine, it’s all about keeping everything easy-breezy. And while we all love to add a pop of colour when it comes to our summer makeup looks, there’s always an easier way of achieving it, without having it melt off your face. 

A good summer makeup routine starts with prepping your skin well. Apart from using sweat & water-proof makeup products, an effective skincare routine will help save your base from looking cakey within minutes of stepping out. Here’s how you can create a smooth base for your summer makeup look

  • Start with a clarifying face wash that will help keep excess oil at bay & deeply cleanse the skin to make you look & feel fresh. 
  • Next up is a toner. A toner will help tighten pores, which will eventually aid in controlling excess oil & unnecessary shine on the face.
  • Using a lightweight serum is recommended in case you are looking to target specific skin concerns. 
  • Follow it up with a lightweight, gel-based moisturiser. Pick one that can easily double up as a primer as well. 
  • For when you’re stepping out during the day, do not forget to apply a SPF 50 sunscreen generously. Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours. 

Once you’re done with the skin prep, it’s time to get started with the makeup. But, not before you make a note of these do’s and don’ts for your summer makeup routine

DO: Keep it light

On a hot summer day, a full face of makeup can feel heavy on the skin, making you feel like a hot mess — but not in a good way. Instead, keep your makeup light by keeping the layers to a minimum, and use oil-free products that won’t weigh down on your skin. The easiest way to keep your makeup light is by opting for a lighter base using a BB cream or your favourite concealer. 

DON’T: Experiment with dark colours

Steer clear from dark colours — be it in your eyeshadow, blush or lipsticks, stick to bright colours that will add vibrance to your summer makeup look; for example, pick shades of pinks & peaches over plum shades. 

DO: Go big on SPF 

Your skin could use all the sun-protection it gets on hot, sunny days. Opting for products with SPF in it is one way to do it. Use a lightweight, gel-based sunscreen that absorbs into the skin easily and won’t pill under your makeup. Keep reapplying it throughout the day using a sunscreen spray or stick. 

DO: Use a pore-minimising/gel-based primer 

Primers help create the perfect base for your makeup, helping keep it intact for longer hours. If you have oily skin then a pore-minimising primer is non-negotiable for your summer makeup look. Opt for gel-based primers that offer mattifying & oil-control benefits.

DON’T: Skip setting powder 

Make setting powder your summer makeup routine’s best friend, because this is one summer makeup essential that will keep that unnecessary shine at bay. Keep this product in your bag at all times for a quick touch up to fix creases and refresh your makeup throughout the day. 

DO: Use multi-purpose products

Multi-purpose products are the ultimate summer makeup essentials you need to have in your bag. Invest in lip & cheek tints that can be used to add a pop of colour on your lips, cheeks and even your eyelids. The Simply Nam Velvet Cream Magic Blush makes for an ideal addition to your makeup bag for the summer season. This shade, Partner In Crime is the perfect shade of pink that will add a pretty pop of colour to your summer makeup look

DO: Invest in waterproof makeup products

Be it foundation or mascara, eyeshadows or lipsticks, opt for sweat & waterproof makeup products for your summer makeup look. Also, invest in smudge-proof kajal & mascara like the Simply Nam Ultimate Kajal & the Clean Lashes Waterproof Mascara that will stay put for hours.

DO: Keep blotting papers handy 

While this may seem like something you can skip in your summer makeup essentials kit, these might actually be the only thing that can be your mid-day makeup saviour. Just dab them on the spots on your face that look extra shiny & finally dab some setting powder for a quick touch up.

DON’T: Forget to set your makeup at every step 

This is a summer makeup tip that is sure to come in handy for amateurs & professionals alike. Set your makeup at every step with a setting spray; after your foundation, after your eye makeup, after your lipstick, and of course once your makeup is fully done. This will help keep your makeup in place for longer hours. A setting spray also helps you achieve a more mattified look that is ideal for sweaty summer days. 

Now that we’ve covered the basics of summer-proofing your makeup for the season, here’s some post-care tips to take the day off. 

  • Use a cleansing balm or cleansing oil as the first step of cleansing to remove all that sweat & waterproof makeup. Once you see your makeup melting, use the Simply Nam Makeup Remover Towel to clean it up. This makeup towel helps remove stubborn makeup in just one swipe and feels super gentle on the skin. So no more worrying about redness from scrubbing your face too hard! 
  • Whether you’re wearing waterproof makeup products or not, double cleansing is always recommended. As your second step, go in with a gentle cleanser to wash out any impurities & remaining traces of makeup from your skin. 
  • Third, go in with a good amount of hydrating toner. A long day of being out and about can leave your skin feeling dehydrated from all the sweating. A hydrating toner will feel like a glass of water for your skin.  
  • End your routine with a lightweight moisturiser. For summer months, opt for gel-based moisturiser that feels non-sticky on the skin, yet leaves your skin feeling hydrated. 

Now that you’ve got all the summer makeup tips down to a T, all that’s left to do is slay the day, everyday! 

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