Soaking in Vitamin D and splashing around in the pool. Hoping the perfect face I created does not melt. Yep, I'm speaking about summertime and it is not far away. Already my neck of the woods has had some summer-like weather that forced me to start using my summer beauty tricks a couple of months early. Let me share a few of them with you.
Cleansing Tricks: Noxzema Mask and My Homemade Toner
I start the day with a Noxzema facial. I smooth the cream over my face a little thicker than I normally do for a wash and let it sit for five minutes. I take my crochet cosmetic disc (you can use a washcloth as well) and begin to rub my face in tiny circular motions to loosen dirt and lightly exfoliate. I rinse my face with cold water to help tighten my pores. Plus, if it gets warm early in the day, that cold water refreshes your skin. If I am breaking out, I will follow with my homemade Apple Cider Vinegar and Chamomile Toner to reduce the redness and calm my skin.
Moisturize Even in the Summer
I have combination skin that gets really oily in the summer. However, I still must moisturize. I use a light moisturizer, Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. It absorbs quickly. I typically only need to wait about three minutes before I move on to my next step.
Base Tricks: A Good Primer and Concealer
I used to think primer was just a hyped up product to make more money for cosmetic companies. However, Smashbox made a believer out of me! It's my secret weapon for reducing the appearance of my pores and keeping me shine-free all day long. So, I just wear the primer and maybe concealer if I have dark under eye circles to cover.
Makeup Tricks: Prime the Eyes and Go Light on the Lips
When it comes to makeup in the summer, I use a light hand. First, I tend to stay away from foundation and use bronzer to color my cheeks and give me a little glow. I swear by eyeshadow primer to prevent my eyeshadow from creasing, melting, and disappearing. For lips, I stick with sheer glosses primarily. However when I do wear lipstick, I line, apply, blot, then reapply to make the color last and prevent feathering.
With primers, it is pretty easy to keep your makeup from pulling a disappearing act on you. So find one that works for you and it will be your best trick for beating the summer heat. Dusting your face with a face powder or using bronzer will also help things under control. If all other tricks fail, blot that oil, sweat, and shine away!
What face-saving tricks do you have up your sleeve for summer?
ShawnTe Pierce is a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and writes about beauty and fashion for Yahoo! Voices, Daily Glow, and other places on the web (sounds mysterious doesn't it?). Follow me on Twitter or at Fashion Sense on Facebook.