So, those who truly know me can tell you I’m obsessed with all things beauty…but more specifically, all things MAKEUP. Even if you’re not a makeup enthusiast like myself, most brilliant beauties such as yourself recognize a beat face when they see one. Now, although some may opt for a bare face more often than a beat face, most of us like to enhance our natural beauty every now and again with a snatched eyebrow, bold eye with lashes, or a statement lippie (or a sickening contour and highlight, I could seriously go on all day…lol). Summer is a great time to put your best, beat face forward whether you’re heading to a day party in the city or vacationing abroad.
Initially, as a beginning makeup enthusiast from about the ages of 17-20, I hated putting any makeup on my face during the summer (although, that didn’t stop me from buying it…lol). I become hot fairly easy and just the thought of sweat beads seeping out of my pores from the Georgia heat, ruining the flawless face that I took my precious time to apply was not an attractive idea to me. However, after several years of YouTube beauty school, I was introduced to more than just your basic eye shadow and lipstick products but products that are essential to the foundation of a successful beat face for any season! Now, some people may think these products are gimmicks and just the beauty industry’s way of persuading us to spend more money but once you see the difference they have on your makeup routine, you’ll never be the same. Here are my 3 Essentials to keep your Brilliant Summer Beat intact:
Essential #1: PRIMER
Once your face has been cleansed and moisturized, a primer should be applied before any makeup touches your face. Priming acts as a barrier between your bare skin and the foundation, concealer, etc. you’ll be applying. Primers are great for individuals with oily skin as there are great ones on the market for mattifying the face and preventing shine from the skin’s natural oils, this is a necessity for hot weather and a personal favorite of mine is the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (pictured above). The primers pictured are current favorites of mine. The two others are Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer and MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage . Both of these primers are great for providing a smooth base for your makeup to glide onto and adhere to. They also prevent creasing throughout the day. The primers I’ve included above could be considered pricey; however, there are so many primers available for every budget and if you want to try before you buy, Sephora will give you samples!
Essential #2: POWDER FOUNDATION
I am a lover of powder foundation. It’s convenient on days when you don’t have much time or don’t want to wear much makeup. But also, it’s the perfect product to seal the deal on a flawless full face of makeup that will withstand the heat! Powder foundation and/or translucent setting powder are essential to giving your face a matte finish to prevent looking like a grease ball. I’ve pictured quite a few above, the obsession is real…lol, but my favorite powders are MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, MAKE UP FOR EVER Duo Mat Powder Foundation, and Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Powders are also great for touching up throughout the day if oil begins to shine through in areas such as your T-zone. They’re light on the skin which makes for perfection during the summer season.
Essential #3: SETTING SPRAY
Last but certainly not least, everyone needs a setting spray. Like primers there are many different setting sprays on the market for different effects and every budget. They can be dewy, mattifying, and hydrating… depends on whatever look you’re into. I personally look for my setting spray to rehydrate my skin after applying powder so I don’t look cakey in the face and to ensure along with the primer underneath my makeup, that my beat face will stay intact well past completion. My absolute favorite setting spray currently is the MAKE UP FOR EVER Mist + Fix Setting Spray ! They also give a great refreshing and cooling feeling to the face after you’ve had your makeup on for a few hours while being out and about in the sun. Many come in travel sizes so throw one in your carry-on bag while traveling or your purse when you need a moment of rejuvenation from the summer heat!
What products do you use for a flawless summer face? Will you be trying any of the products above? Let me know how you like them, I want to hear from you all!