I think this past week was the first full week of summer weather we’ve had this year and I loved it. I was built for nothing but tropical weather, which is not to say that I don’t complain when it gets to be too hot (like 42 Celsius omg) but you can’t beat living in a tropical country in my opinion. I can’t deal with the cold (much less winter weather) for more than a month. Gimme that blazing, scorching hot sun any day, be it shining down on the city streets or at the beach. That said, there’s quite a bit of adjusting to be done when summer comes around in the Philippines, especially when it comes to beauty/makeup. You can’t duck into malls for air conditioning 100% of the time, so if you don’t make a change, your face is just going to melt off.
To begin, it’s a good idea to wear less makeup in general. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup in the first place, then you’re off to a good start. You might just survive the summer. If you’re a little more like me and you find makeup enjoyable to wear and consequently would rather not let go of it, here are some little bits that make summer beauty fun for me:
1. SPF! This ain’t number 1 for no reason. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is the only one that is exposed 24/7 as it protects you. Do it a favour and care for it in return! Wearing sunblock is a must all year round, but I understand that it can be unpleasant because of the stickiness. My faves are my Armada Face Cover 45 and Armada Sport 70 because they are very comfortable on the skin. The Face Cover 45 even mattifies the skin so it makes for a perfect makeup primer. Armada Sport is what I use on my face and body for outdoor activities when I know I’ll be sweating, as it is water resistant. For day-to-day I use an Ahava body lotion with an SPF of 30. On my lips, I use my Jack Black SPF 20 lip balm underneath whatever lippie I’ve chosen for the day.
2. Tried & True Bases. There’s no cheat sheet for this one–you have to know your skin type and rely on past experience to know which base products aren’t going to let you down in the summer heat. Saying “just stick to powders” is not always useful either, as liquid bases can fare just as well depending on their formulation. My Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer and L’Oreal Lucent Magique foundation (both with an added bonus of SPF 20) are summer staples. When the heat is just crazy, the Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Loose Powder Foundation is just perfect. I’ve already switched over to my summer shade, Toffee Mocha.
3. Bit O’ Powder. You still need powder to set your liquid bases, okay. Hehe, an old fave is my Palgantong Theatrical Loose Powder, but pressed powders that sop up oil are also super important to have during this time of year. I did not get to include it in the photo, but my preferred oil-control powder is the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder. Alternatively you could just use some good old Clean & Clear oil blotting sheets.
5. Well-Groomed Brows and Eyelashes. A brow gel and a good mascara can spell the difference between looking put together and looking like a hot mess. I have been loving the Pixi Brow Duo that I bought recently because the gel holds my brows in place really well without making them look stiff. As for mascara, people usually say that waterproof formulas are the way to go for summer… well I don’t really like waterproof mascaras, so I stick to applying mascara to the top lashes only and I pick a formula that does not smudge but is easy enough to remove at the end of the day. For the past month and a half I’ve been pretty much exclusively using the Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara. Love it to bits!
4. Sh-sh-shimmer! Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks are the perfect eyeshadow products for summer. They’re easy to use, fun, shimmery, and they don’t budge once they’ve set. I don’t even bother to use primer before this product and there’s no need to set it with a powder eyeshadow in a similar colour. The shades I have (Rose Gold, Sugar Frost, and Amethyst) all happen to look kick ass with a tan, too!
5. Overpriced Water (lol). The Evian Brumisateur is something I only ever buy when summer comes around. The large 300mL bottle lasts me the full two months (sometimes three) and then I’m happy to let go of it. It’s not a necessity for sure, but if you’re going to be splashing you face with water to ward off the heat, it might as well be fancy! Adds a bit of luxe to my life fo sho! Just make sure to lock in the moisture with a light moisturizer after using a pure water spray. Other more expensive facial mists have ingredients that take care of that for you, but I like the simplicity of this one.
What are you guys loving beauty-wise this summer? :D