Beauty Guru: Summer Beauty 101 - Preventing Makeup Meltdown

Mathematical equations were never my strong suit, but there is a summer equation that this oily-skinned gal is very familiar with. Sweltering heat + Sun + Humidity = Makeup Meltdown. I cannot profess to have outsmarted the weather or my skin, but I do believe that I have perfected some surefire ways to help keep my makeup looking fresh and on my face this summer.

Step 1: Moisturize - Moisturizing in the summer seems counter-intuitive, but hydrated skin will produce less oil and provides a good foundation for any other product that's applied. I use a moisturizer that has the SPF in it so it's one less product I have to apply to my face. I like Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin with SPF 50 ($13.99). The formula is lightweight, doesn't leave a greasy residue and is fragrance-free.

Step 2: Prime - Find a formula that is mattifying and works for your skin type. I was never a proponent of primer, that is until I was introduced to Benefit Cosmetic's The Porefessional ($30). This little magic product minimizes pores, evens skin tone, and controls oil throughout the day. I apply it after my moisturizer has completely absorbed and I also pat it on my T-zone after applying foundation for good measure. Stay put makeup, take that oil.

Step 3: Keep it Light - I have learned the hard way that summer is not the time for heavy foundation, the main source of makeup meltdown. Even with skin woes like acne, scars and redness that I want to keep covered, I swap my foundation for a tinted moisturizer in the warmer weather months. This summer I have upgraded from the usual tinted moisturizer in my routine to the much lauded BB Cream formula that every makeup/ skincare company seems to be making. I recently tried Garnier's version Skin Renew BB Cream in Fair/Light with SPF 15 ($12.99). The formula has a creamy consistency which is easy to apply and feels lovely going on. The lightly tinted BB cream blends to match skin leaving no lines of demarcation; it looks like my skin, only better.

Step 4: Finish - To help keep oil, the greatest enemy to my makeup, in check I finish with a dusting of translucent powder. The translucent powder gives a matte finish to my skin without adding any additional pigment and helps to keep makeup in place as the day progresses and temperatures rise. One that I have used and like has been Makeup Forever's HD Microfinish Powder ($34); another option is e.l.f.'s Studio High Definition Powder ($6).

To shop the summer beauty products featured in this article check out my Pinterest board: Summer Beauty Musts.

What do you do to keep you makeup from meltdown in the summer? What products are must in your summer beauty arsenal? Leave you tips and tricks in the comments section below.

Jennifer Rose Griffin has been a lifelong beauty product junkie and a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru since 2009. Jennifer Rose tried playing by the rules and then found out that the rules she was living by were from the game Monopoly. So she tossed the rules out the window and now spends her time doing activities she is passionate about, writing, reading, playing with makeup and copious amounts of drawing. If you would like to learn more about Jennifer Rose and her interests and what inspires her quirky, classic style please visit her Pinterest board J. Rose Style Pins.