Solutions to the summer makeup meltdown

Summer temperatures are great for swimming and dining al fresco, but not so great for maintaining a polished makeup look. Hot weather not only makes you sweat, which literally dissolves makeup, but it increases your skin's oil production, which allows the shine to show through. To make matters worse, touch-ups can be a problem if makeup has turned to mush in your bag. We asked New York City makeup artist Tyrone Traylor for some tips on how to look great, no matter how hot it is:

  • Carry blotting paper with you at all time. You can get them at any drug store. Press them onto your t-zone area over makeup to help maintain your finished look. Or, on days you don't wear makeup, use them to keep the shine off your face.
  • Apply powder first. A light dusting of powder before applying makeup is a makeup artist trick used on models who have to stay fresh under heavy lights.
  • Use lighter makeup colors. Neutral-toned eye shadows aren't as visible when they melt. Darker shades will show if they dissolve and gather in your eyelid creases.
  • Use less makeup. You don't need heavy foundation; just use a touch of concealer here and there to even skin tone. (Typical spots: under the eye, around the nostrils and over any spider veins or sun spots.) Follow with a light dusting of powder. Then curl your lashes, apply waterproof mascara and lipstick. (The waterproof mascara should be drip-proof if you don't use too much. No more than one layer on upper and lower lashes.)
  • Replace makeup with self-tanner. Products today come in natural true-to-life tanning shades; and many companies make products specifically for the face. A self-tanner will give you a glow that won't melt off. Just re-apply the self-tanner every other night to keep it fresh and even.
  • Powder lips before applying lipstick. A light dusting of powder on the lips will make them matte and help keep the lipstick in place. Blot evenly with tissue.
  • Set eye shadows with pressed powder. Gently press powder over your eye shadow using a firm puff. Loose powder doesn't have as much staying power on your lids because they are constantly moving.
  • Put your lip and eye pencils in the freezer for 15 minutes before you sharpen them, so they won't crumble. If your lipstick has melted you can freeze that is well for 10 to 15 minutes before applying. Or, if you're on the road, dip your finger into it and apply it that way!
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