#1. Eye Primer Smarts. Don’t just pick one at the drugstore and call it a day. If you really want your eye makeup to last, you have to pick the right formulation for your eyelids. Test drive different formulations at the department store and make sure you ask for eyeliner AND eyeshadow to be applied on afterwards. This way you can see how the eye primer can alter the color/texture of eyeshadows. If you have oily lids, make sure you let the makeup artist know - she can pick one less greasy/heavy but equally affective.
#2. There’s no such thing as a one size fits all facial primer. Pick the right primer for your skin type. Heavier primers made for the winter can just add to the pool of grease on your face.
#3. Surprisingly, Moisturize. Yes, Moisturize! even if you have oily skin. Use an oil free moisturizer at night, the more moisturized your skin is, the less oils it needs to produce during the day to balance the skin’s pH. A big plus: moisturized skin helps makeup adhere to the skin.
#4. Invest in an oily controlling lotion for your night routine. Try oil controlling lotions like Erno Laszlo’s Heavy Oil Controlling lotion at night. Apply for a few nights and you will see a reduction of oil by day. The less oil, the less likely your foundation will slip off.
#5. Avoid using toners with alcohol. If you use it on a daily basis, you could end up with an oil spill throughout the day. Alcohol dries up the skin, and combined with summer air cons - your skin could end up producing more oil to balance it out. Good Bye Makeup.
#6. Foundations are not year round. If you are one of the lucky, you can stick to one bottle for all seasons. But if you tend to get oilier in the summer, it’s time to get a mattifying foundation. Unlike simply just “oil-free” foundation, they leave a smooth, powdery finish to prevent melt off so you don’t have to always use loose powder to “set” the foundation. That being said…
#7. Use a secret finish mattifying lotion instead of loose powder. If you really can’t stand another layer of makeup after foundation, try Laura Mercier’s Secret Finish Mattifying lotion. This will prolong makeup without the extra makeup!
Makeup Meltdown must: Skip the loose powder in humid weather!