Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Avoid a {Makeup} Meltdown

It's only June, but it. is. hotttt. This wizened old man once told me that in the summer, you don't walk through Charleston, you wade through it. At first, I didn't get it...was he talking about swamps? history?  ghosts? What?
But now, after living here for five years, I get it. He was talking humidity. When you walk outside and you are immediately enveloped in a hot, sticky blanket of air and it's like wading through curtains of humidity. appealing. I understand why people flock to the Holy City, but just not in the summertime. (Y'all come visit, ya hear?! haha) Needless to say, these are not optimal conditions for makeup and also why we like to lighten up our makeup routine for the summer. But you still want what you've put on to stay. Or if you're heading to a wedding, a hot date or a night out drinks and dancing, you want your face to stay on and avoid a makeup meltdown.

the Holy City

Ladies, I've got you. This has literally taken years of trial and error, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve to keep you looking flawless when it's over 100 degrees outside with 100% humidity in the air.

1. Prime.  The time to prime your face is now. Go for something heavy duty, like Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer or Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer after you've moisturized and applied sunscreen. (There are lots of opinions on moisturizer with primer. Some say go one or the other, some say use both. I say use both, but let your moisturizer and sunscreen dry first. Do what works for you.) The primer will act like a magnet for your makeup and will help keep it from running away. I love the light feel of the LM Oil Free primer and it locks down makeup really well. For really heavy duty stay put power, the Stay Flawless stick is great. Use it on areas where your makeup tends to move around. It leaves a slightly tacky texture, but keeps makeup set where you put it.

2. Powder first. Whaaat?! I know, this sounds crazy and against everything you learned about makeup application. Trust me. This works. Recommended by the great Wayne Goss himself here. I love this trick and it makes a huge difference. After you've primed, apply powder all over with a fluffy brush. The powder will adhere and set, giving your foundation super staying power. He uses Nars Light Reflecting Loose powder, which gives a pretty luminescence to the skin. For a budget friendly pick, try the $6 elf High Definition Setting Powder, which you can find at Target.

3. Foundation. Apply your favorite foundation. If you tend toward the oily side, you can pat a little extra setting powder with a brush along your T zone to help stop any shine, should it come up.

4. Set it. After you've finished your look, set with a long-lasting setting spray. You already know my holy grail is Model in a Bottle, as featured in this post. Urban Decay Chill spray has a nice, cooling effect and will keep your makeup on. I also like Makeup Forever Mist and Fix.

You're good to go! Your makeup is ready to stand up against the humid, summer nights from rooftop drinks to dance clubs, whatever your thing. Have fun!!

Let me know if you try any of these methods in the comments below; I'd love to hear how they work for you! 


  1. Thank you for sharing this post on my blog! It's awesome! I'm always suffering from Makeup Meltdowns, so I'm going to give your tips a try! <3

  2. Thanks, Allyn! Makeup Meltdown is the worst! I hope these help :)

  3. Now thats what I call a way to celebrate 4th of July haha. I guess next time I will be doing some heavy fireworks but I will not just forget about making this treat for myself haha. Thanks for it.