Summer Beauty Tips (To Avoid Your Face Melting Off) Daniela Figliomeni It is so much easier to master the flawless, perfectly contoured/highlighted look, made famous by the members of the Kardashian clan, in cool to mid temperature weather. However, now that summer is here (and it’s going to be a hot one) being outside in 35 degree weather is less than ideal for maintaining your flawless face. There are two approaches to summer beauty. The first being you can tone it down and embrace the au natural look. BUT if Kim Kardashian can look flawless after swimming in a pool for hours under the hot hot hot sun, then why can’t we? So here is a list of all the best beauty products so you do not have to compromise looking flawless because of the heat: Primer: I was against primers for the longest time, I always thought that they were developed by brands to make extra money from consumers on what seemed to be no more than a moisturizer. That was before I was introduced to some of my favourite hybrid primers. You can’t paint your house if your walls need patching and the colour is inconsistent, right? Priming is important and really does make a huge difference in providing longevity to the wear of your makeup. Tarte’s 12 hour waterproof primer acts as the perfect base and instantly brightens the skin’s complextion. This primer leaves your skin feeling like satin, not to mention it’s paraben free, oil free, sulphate free, fragrance free and gluten free! Foundation/Concealers: Investing in a long wear summer foundation will revolutionize your beauty routine. Say goodbye to the fear of ‘melting face’ and hello to foundations that truly do withstand heat, sweat, sun, water, touch and any other test you can put these products through! And since sometimes you need a little extra coverage, owning a waterproof concealer will help you cover those stubborn spots or dark circles. What makes this foundation so amazing is how concentrated it is. It can be used as both a concealer and a foundation dependent on application. If you have normal to oily skin this is the best option for you! 15 hour wear? Sign me up! This foundation from Smashbox truly stays put. For those of you with normal to dry skin this foundation is one of the few long wearing foundations that keeps your skin hydrated without the risk of looking oily. Between sweating and soaking in chlorine it’s no wonder we breakout in the summer. Blemishes don’t stand a chance against this Amazonian clay based concealer that is waterproof and not going to budge! Cheeks: Whether you aim to achieve rosy flushed cheeks, a bronzed sun kissed glow or a sculpted contoured look there is a summer safe option for you. This bronzer is not only waterproof but it is also a universally flattering shade and a matte finish which means you can contour with it! Sculpting powder that is waterproof, need I say more? This award winning cheek stain is infused with 12 hour power like most of Tarte’s products and the brush-free application helps lock in that flushed colour to your cheeks all day long! This cream to powder is easy to apply and because it starts as a cream and then dries as a powder this product has some serious staying power. Eyes: Eyes are the window to the soul. Eye makeup however is usually the first culprit to show signs of heat. Melting mascara, droopy brows, eyeliner that is more of squiggle than a line — these are all things we want to avoid this summer. Even if you don’t plan on dipping into the pool, with temperatures being record breaking hot this summer in The 6, I recommend going waterproof. This cult favourite mascara by Too Faced is now available in a waterproof version and it does not disappoint. The same volume and definition from the original version with staying power that doesn’t flake or bleed under pressure! This gel based waterproof pencil goes on jet black and will not fade, crease, or smudge leaving you with a sharp precise line! Perfect arches this summer will be a breeze thanks to this easy to use waterproof brow mousse by Tarte. Lips: Pucker up with the only lipstick you will need this summer! Liquid Suede by NYX is kiss proof, bleed proof and waterproof. For the $10 price point you may as well stock up on every colour. Setting Products: Setting your visage will help keep everything in place and extend the wear of your products, even the ones that are not necessarily water-proof or long wearing. This setting powder by Laura Mercier sets makeup with ease, the powder never settles into lines or creases and you don’t have to worry about this weightless powder looking cakey. A finishing spray can become your best friend. Especially this one by Urban Decay, who’s formula has Temperature Control Technology, keeping your makeup cool even in hot, humid weather. Final Tip: Since your face will now withstand sweat, sun, water, and basically all possible obstacles and elements let me recommend you cleanse in the evening with a cleansing oil to remove all of the long wearing goodness you applied 16 or more hours ago. Happy Summer Beauties!