Sweating is a very real human bodily function that women are in no way exempt from, despite what popular media depictions of the female gender might have you believe. Vine Vera knows this, and we also know that summer brings with it profuse heat, and therefore increased likelihood of profuse sweating, contributing to the “melting” effect, which describes what happens when sweat picks up your makeup and carries it along with it, causing streaks, uneven coverage, and downright destroying eye makeup.
So what’s a girl to do? It’s probably impractical to hide away in an air conditioned home all day every day, all summer long, and it would get too lonely and not be very much fun anyway. Well, Vine Vera is here to provide effective, reliable ways to avoid the summer melt effect this season.
Practice Good Skin Care
This first tip may not seem to have anything to do with makeup at first glance, but bear with us. Good skin takes makeup better, meaning makeup will stick to it better and be less likely to melt. Establish a regular skin care routine that includes exfoliation, moisturization, cleansing, antioxidants, and the occasional mask. Remember the proper order of skin care products: chemical sunscreen, serums, moisturizer, face oil, physical sunblock, makeup. Note that not all those steps are necessary; you can pick either chemical or physical sun protection (we recommend physical, since it allows you to apply it later and let the other products do their job better) and both serums and face oil are optional, though highly recommended.
Remember that Vine Vera has a huge selection of serums, moisturizers, exfoliants and more that can really boost your skin care routine.
The key in preventing makeup melts is to help it stick to your skin better, which can mean putting something on your skin that it’ll stick to better. Primer is an important makeup step that all too often goes overlooked, and it’s especially helpful when preventing melting.
Just apply a small amount—a little goes a long way, so try just a tiny bead on your pinky finger and see what kind of coverage that give you before reaching for more—all over your face after your usual skin care routine, give it a few minutes to sink in, and go about your makeup application as normal.
Use a Fixing Powder
By the same logic of giving your makeup something to stick to so it stays on your skin, applying a fixing powder at the very end of your makeup application process can do wonders. Fixing powders can especially help because they go over the top of anything that you put on after foundation, like blush, and help keep those parts in place too. It might seem counter-intuitive to put something dry on the top of your makeup to keep it locked in, but it works by sinking in and binding with wet makeup (like liquid foundation) and more or less gluing it to your skin (but don’t worry, it will still come off just fine with a good cleanser or makeup remover at the end of the day).
Use Cream Eyeshadow
Actually, this tip applies to pretty much any type of makeup; if it’s usually a powder or liquid but you can find it available somewhere as a cream, get it as a cream. This goes for eyeshadow, blush, bronzer and highlighter if you use them, and concealer. The only thing it doesn’t apply to is foundation, because overly-oily foundation can easily clog pores (better to use fixing powders and primers to keep foundation on, as recommended above).
The reason this is a good idea is that cream-based makeups are more dense and sticky. When makeup gets wet, powders and liquids will both dissolve and start to run, but creams are thicker and often less soluble—if not entirely insoluble—in water, so they don’t have this problem.