Just like we spruce our closets with the advent of every summer (adios cashmere sweaters and cozy boots), our makeup routine also needs a thorough shake up as well. So, as much as we adored donning va va voom eyes and dark berry lips all December, we can’t wait to clear out our vanity kits and get them summer ready. So, ready for a makeup change spree? Nah, it ain’t such a daunting task as you might think, though. All it takes is a few intelligent tweaks in the form of waterproof formulations, lightweight textures and cheery hues to make the shift to ’em sultry months oh-so easy; not to forget, products with SPF benefits that are a big bonus. Ahead, we give you tips on how to adapt your makeup to the warm sunshine instead of sweating it all off!
Makeup Swap Tips for transitioning from Winter to Summer
Simply put: The hot, humid weather leaves skin oily, greasy and super heavy. The best way to work around this is to switch makeup for a base that’s light, airy and won’t clog those pores. For starters, swap those uber heavy foundations with a BB cream such as the Nykaa SKINgenius BB Cream SPF30 that corrects, hydrates, repairs and protects your skin from sun damage. Alternately you can also opt for a tinted moisturizer like the Faces Canada Ultime Pro Peaches N Tinted Moisturizer that gives your skin a hint of fresh peachy colour without weighing it down.
If you don’t want to end up looking like a raccoon, then sweat-proof formulas are non-negotiable. We happen to like the Kay Beauty Liquid Eyeliner in Bespoke Blue that is smudge-proof, transfer-proof and defines your eyes beautifully. As far as eyeshadows are concerned, paint your lids with a blend of pinks, oranges, golds and other warm hues that reminds us of tropical vacays and endless pitchers of sangria. Our pick: The Lakme Absolute Infinity Eye Shadow Palette in Coral Sunset that can be mixed ‘n’ matched to create a melange of looks.
If there’s one thing you can OD on during summers (apart from Gelatos ofcourse), it’s the not-so-humble highlighter. However, instead of the regular liquid and powder highlighters, we recommend choosing a gel textured one, that’s tailor-made for warmer climates and suits every skin type. We love the Lottie London Hy-Glow Jelly Highlighter that gives cheekbones a blinding wet-look finish in just one swipe.
A spike in the temperature can leave your lips seriously dry and flaky—something that doesn’t bode well with any kinda lippy. Hence, it’s always important to use a scrub such as the ENN Cinner Lip Plumping Scrub + Balm that buffs away flaky patches and moisturizes for a soft, plump pout. Next, choose a water gel tint such as The Face Shop Water Fit Lip Tint to create a natural flush that lasts all day. You can also go bare and opt for a clear lip gloss such as the Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! Lip Gloss - 800 Crystal Clearfor a minimal chic look.