One of my readers recently asked me if my makeup reviews apply to Nigeria and if my makeup really does last in this crazy heat and humidity.
I thought it would be a good idea to share my tips on how I get my makeup to look good in hot weather. I hope that some of the tips I share here will also be useful for people looking for ways to make their makeup last in the summer heat.
I have oily skin, and heat/humidity makes my skin even oilier, so the product recommendations in this post will be geared toward oily skin.
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The most important thing is to start with balanced skin. I will share my skincare routine for oily skin in a seperate post, but I want to mention two things that I feel definitely help keep oil at bay.
1. Use Clay Masks :
I find these really helpful in keeping the temporarily skin oil-free. These should be done a couple of times a week. I really love The Glamglow Supermud Mask (hella expensive 😢) and The Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask (much more affordable 😊)
2. Moisturize your skin
Another thing that has made a dramatic difference to me is using the right mositurizer. In the past I used to avoid putting any sort of moisturizer on my skin because I felt it makes my skin oilier. I didn’t realize what a disservice I was doing to my skin and my makeup by not moisturizing my skin properly. If you have oily skin, I can understand the instinct to avoid oil based mositurizers because they can feel really heavy and icky on our already oily skin. Luckily, there is a great alternative to that. There are now lots of water-based, serum-like, very lightweight moisturizers that hydrate oily skin without leaving it greasy. My favourite is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum which contains hyaluronic acid. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum is also a great option if you’re on a budget. I have also heard nothing but good things about the Neutrogena Hydraboost and I hear L’Oreal makes a matte mositurizer as well.
I find that my skin produces much less oil when I moisturize it before applying makeup.
Okay, moving on to makeup:
3. Use a good primer.
The next most important thing is a primer! A primer should basically get your makeup to look better and last longer.
My current favourite one is The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer. Like the name suggests, it helps your makeup adhere to your skin, making it last longer. It prevents my makeup from settling into my smile lines or breaking up when the weather gets hot.
It also gives a nice airbrushed look to the skin. It claims to be both hydrating and mattifying, which is a bit of a contrast.
What I find this to mean in practice is that it balances the skin and gives a natural matte finish without drying the skin out. If you live in a humid climate you will still get oily, but I find that when I blot away the oil, my makeup still looks more intact when I’ve used this primer vs when I use other primers or no primer at all.
If you’re after something a little more high-end, I’d recommend the Mineral Veil Primer from Hourglass. It has SPF 15, so it leaves a cast on deep skin, but the cast disappears when you apply your foundation. It is great at mattifying and smoothing the skin, and it improves the wear time of makeup. It’s hella expensive but it is worth every penny!
Neither of these primers will dry out your skin like most primers which are targeted for oily skin usually do. I have found that I don’t really like how the more popular and drying primers feel on my skin. They tend to add texture and even the initial “suck-all-the-moisture-out-of-your-skin” effect that we tend to be initially mesmerized by doesn’t even last.
At the end of the day, you’re still left with oily skin, so these days I tend to go for primers that improve smoothness and wear time vs those that make grand claims of being mattifying but actually do nothing in reality.
4. Set your primer with a mattifying translucent powder.
I set my primer with a translucent powder. It’s a nifty little trick I picked up from Wayne Goss. My favourite powder for this is the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. It is really good at controlling oil.
5. Pick the right foundation
The next thing you want to do is pick the right foundation: Primers and powders are great, but there’s only so much they can do if the foundation itself is not very good at controlling oil.
If a foundation was not designed for oily skin and hot weather, there’s a limit to how much longevity you’re going to get out of it, even with the best primers and powders.
You want foundations that are oil-free, mattifying and long wearing. I generally avoid foundations that are radiant, Illuminating or hydrating.
Best Foundations for oily skin / Best Foundations for the summer.
My top foundations for oily skin and hot weather;
Estee Lauder Double Wear (best for full coverage)
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation (best if you want something lightweight)
ABH Stick Foundation ( best stick foundation for oily skin, based on what I’ve tried so far)
Lancome Cushion Foundation (this is both lightweight and high coverage)
Black Up Cream to Powder Foundation (literally sweat-proof, very good at oil control)
I will talk more about the best foundations for oily skin in a different post because I don’t want this post to get too long, but you can read all my reviews here.
Best concealers for the summer/ best concealers for oily skin
The same principle applies to concealers. Some of them tend to break down in the heat and look a hot mess.
If I know I’m going to be out and about for a long time outdoors, I tend to reach for the following trusted concealers:
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand
Kat von D Lock It Concealer Creme
Nars Radiant Creamy concealer or Nars Soft Matte Concealer
Tarte Shape Tape concealer
Read all my concealer reviews here.
6. Set your makeup in place with powder.
I always set my foundations and concealers with mattifying powders. My current favourites are the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in medium deep for setting foundation and the Kat von D Lock It Brightening Powder in the shade Golden for setting my concealer. I press in the powder with a sponge to trouble areas like my nose and T Zone.
7. Bake Your Nose!
Sometimes when I’m feeling extra I even bake my nose! I use a skintone coloured powder for that though. This helps to keep my nose oil-free for longer. I know it’s seems extreme but my nose is always the first area to get shiny and when I know I simply won’t have time to blot during the day, I bake my nose. #SorryNotSorry ( I didn’t come up with this. Someone recommended it on Twitter. I can’t remember who but if/when I do, I will state who.)
8. Set your makeup in place with a setting spray!
Using setting sprays actually works. There is some skepticism about this step and I used to think it is only good for de-powdering your face, but if done right, it really does help improve makeup longevity.
Mac Fix Plus is NOT a setting spray. There are lots of makeup sprays out there and not all of them are made to control oil, set makeup in place and improve the wear time of makeup.
A little research into the claims and expected results of whatever product you’re using will always go a long way into helping you figure out whether a product will suit your needs.
My favourite makeup setting sprays for oily skin are the Skindinavia Oil-Control Makeup Finishing Spray, The CoverFX Mattifying Setting Spray and the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. All three make my face look less powdery, and inprove the wear time of my makeup! Read all my setting spray reviews here.
9. Be prepared to blot!
The truth is, if you sweat, you will get shiny. If you spend time out in the sun, you will get oily. No powder, foundation or primer can bend the laws of nature.
When you do get oily, blotting will help make your makeup look good as new, if you have prepped and applied it correctly.
I blot with whatever I can get my hands on. I do own the Beauty Blender Blotterrazi, but I wouldn’t recommend it because it is overpriced and not nearly as effective as blotting paper or even good old tissue paper. I find that paper does a better job of soaking up my oils that the spongy material of the Blotterrazi. If you do decide to pick up a Blotterrazi, get the black one. The pink one stains.
10. Be prepared to retouch!
After blotting, which gets rid of excess oil, I retouch my face with a powder to make it look matte and fresh again. You can use pretty much whatever powder you like. My current favourite powder for touchups is the Kat von D Lock It Blotting Powder.
Bonus Step: Strobe Cautiously!
Having oily skin means that if I’m not careful with the highlighter, I can go from looking glowy to looking greasy real quick! I avoid glittery or overly shimmery highlighters, and I stick to more subtle ones.
Watch me demo some of the products mentioned in this post in the video below!
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