It’s been awhile since I did a post about make up products so let’s change that today, okay? With the Summer heat in full force right now you may find your make up literally melting off of your face. I used to have that problem too, in fact I thought it was normal to have to reapply my make up before venturing out for the evening. With a few tweaks to my make up routine I have found how to prevent make up meltdown!
The first thing I did was to take a long hard look at my skincare routine. That made a difference right away. I have oily skin and large pores so using a day time moisturizer was only making the problem worse for me. I nixed the day time moisturizer and now I only use eye cream and a vitamin c serum. I put those two products on as soon as I step out of the shower to give them a chance to soak in before I start my make up routine.
I will spare you the details of my make up routine because let’s face it (no pun intended) I’m no beauty blogger, nor should I be. But there are 3 products I use that make such a difference and you may benefit from knowing about them. The first is this primer. I’ve tried many over the years and this one just feels so good and works so well I believe I have found the perfect one for me. I was hesitant to spend the money at first so I started with the trial size and then immediately up graded to the big daddy. It’s sooooooooo good!
A few years back I heard all the hype about BB and CC creams and I jumped right on the bandwagon. I’ll tell you I am an advertisers dream, tell me about something a few times and I am going to buy it. You know what happened? I didn’t like the way I looked in pictures and I wasn’t really all that pleased with what I saw in the mirror but I figured I was getting older and that’s just the way it had to be. Wrong. What I needed was full coverage foundation. I have found three that I love! This one from Urban Decay is magical, really. It covers EVERYTHING and your skin will look flawless. This one is a little lighter and is buildable, meaning you can use more for more coverage. I got it when I was looking for the Urban Decay All Nighter in my shade and it was out of stock (it’s very popular). The salesperson at Ulta told me I needed this Smashbox foundation, handed me the correct color and sent me on my way! I eventually ended up getting the All Nighter from Urban Decay because I wanted to compare. Because the color of my skin varies because of my self tanning obsession they both work; the Smashbox is a little darker and the Urban Decay All Nighter is a bit lighter.
There are times I like to preserve my expensive foundation, so if I’m hanging around the house or my big outing for the day involves the grocery store (yes, my life really is that exciting) I use a drug store brand that works well too. Cover Girl Outlast All Day Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation. In fact I wear it almost everyday in the Summer.
Regardless of which full coverage foundation I’m wearing I think the product that makes the biggest difference is this setting spray from Urban Decay. I doubted I needed this product but I am thrilled that I tried it and now I love it. Once all of my make up is done I spray it on, lightly. My make up lasts all day the only thing I reapply is lipstick. Here’s a tip for you if you’d like to try it yourself. Head to Nordstrom Rack, it’s half the price. Urban Decay changed the packaging but the product is the same. You’ll find it in a white bottle for half the price – yippeeeee!!!!
So there you have it, how to prevent make up meltdown in the Summer heat! I swear by this routine because it really works for me. During the school year I am inside and outside, running around all day but my make up stays put! I’d love to hear your recommendations for fabulous make up products you use, let me know in the comments section below.
Happy Monday friends and as always, thank you for stopping by to see what’s in This Blonde’s Shopping Bag today!
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