When it comes to summer makeup trends, going less is more (with the exception of your sunscreens of course). After a few weeks of some pretty unpredictable weather here in Singapore, the temperatures are taking a rather positive turn for us.
But with hot and humid weather comes the worry of having to deal with our makeup melting off our faces. Picture this — come 3pm, your makeup turns patchy, your eyeliner smeared across your lids and lipstick smudged all over. (Not the look we’re going for this summer.)
Ahead, we’ve gathered some of the key makeup tips you need to know to get that perfect glowy, plump, and bronzed skin — even when the weather’s against you.
1. FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT
Dreaming of getting that bronzed glow without having to get into the sun is not an impossible feat when you have options like this. The D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops by Drunk Elephant is a serum that adds a sun-kissed glow to your look while replenishing your skin with the right amount of moisture and supports a healthy barrier to your skin. Slather this on ahead of time and give yourself a sunless tan before you head out — you’ll be turning heads in no time.
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, $50. Available at Sephora ION and sephora.sg from 18 July 2019.
For a more traditional alternative, enter Chantecaille’s latest addition — the Real Bronze Summer Bronzer. This finely milled gel powder blends seamlessly into the skin with its soft, aerated texture — while giving off a blurred, natural finish to your look.
Besides its stellar formula, the embossed sunburst mandala motif on this limited edition bronzer is definitely having a moment — we’re literally obsessed!
Chantecaille Real Bronze Summer 2019, $131. Available at all Chantecaille counters.
2. DOUBLE UP ON THE SUNSCREEN
The hotter months call for you to double up on sun protection!
Lathering yourself in sunscreen is of paramount importance especially when you’re trying to protect your skin and give it the love and attention that it deserves. But what about the environment? It’s no secret that some sunscreens do contain chemicals that actually harm our ecosystem, especially if they aren’t fully absorbed into our skin.
For an eco-friendly option, try Soleil Toujours’ Organic Set + Protect Micro Mist. With a formula that’s free of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate — both of which contribute to 10% of the annual coral death — you’ll be doing a favour for your skin and the environment!
On top of it all, the sunscreen is also said to give off a mattifying finish, that feels light on the skin — it’s like you’re not wearing anything on!
Find out more about new and improved sunscreens here.
Soleil Toujours Organic Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30, $55 (59ml), available in-store at Sephora stores and online at sephora.sg.
3. A NICE, DEWY GLOW IS THE WAY TO GO
If you’re a glow-on-the-go gal and you’re looking to add a touch of glow to your complexion without breaking a sweat, then Guerlain’s latest Météorites Glow Pearls Cushion might just tickle your fancy. This revolutionary Pearls Cushion is the perfect summer go-to to chuck in your purse this season. With triple correction base, the cushion is said to minimise redness, boost skin’s radiance, and brighten dark areas, while giving it an inimitable glow!
Guerlain Météorites Glow Pearls Cushion, $80. Available at all Guerlain counters, in-store at Sephora and online at sephora.sg.
4. ADD BRIGHTER HUES TO YOUR PALETTE
Summer is upon us and that could only mean one thing — festival season is in! If you tend to find yourself sticking to neutrals, well, it’s time to play up the colours of your palette with bright and vibrant colours. Encase your gaze with striking neon hues with a sharp winged liner just like these ones from Fenty Beauty’s latest drop of Liquid Eyeliner Trios, in the brightest of shades. Whether it’s your first time dolling up for a festival or if you’re a total regular, using an eyeliner that’s out of the ordinary can be intimidating indeed. Our advice? Just wing it.
Fenty Beauty Baeside/Baecae/Baewatch Vivid Liquid Eyeliner Trios (Limited Edition), $51. Available in-store at Sephora and online at sephora.sg.
5. SWITCH TO SHEER VERSIONS OF YOUR MAKEUP
In the summer, putting on a full-face beat is the last thing you’d want to do when the sun is blazing from the cloudless blue sky — and don’t get us started about having to deal with truckloads of sweat trickling down your face while you’re at it. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean we’ve to ditch our makeup to go bare. In fact, as a rule of thumb, going sheer would be your next best bet when it comes to looking glam without caking up.
For a lightweight option that offers sheer coverage, peep Shiseido’s BB for Sports. A force to be reckoned with, this BB Cream is said to improve UV protection when it comes into contact with sweat and water with its WetForce technology. (And, no that wasn’t a typo — it works better with water!) It’s Quick Dry technology also quickly dries your sweat, while it gives skin a natural, healthy glow that lasts all day in the sun!
Shiseido BB For Sports, $55. Available at all Shiseido counters, in-store at Sephora and online at sephora.sg.
6. MATTIFY AND PROTECT
Powders tend to take in the heat, and can make matters worse when it starts creasing your makeup. To reapply sunscreen without ruining your base, opt for other alternatives like the Invincible Setting Powder by Supergoop! Apart from setting your makeup, the powder is loaded with SPF 45 to keep your skin well protected ’round the clock!
Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45, $45 (4 shades), available in-store at Sephora and online at sephora.sg.
7. SET YOUR MAKEUP
For what it’s worth, locking in your makeup should be second nature to you before stepping out of the house. It’s true! The key to achieving truly long-wearing makeup takes a few spritzes.
Our cult favourite? Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray, fo’sure. But hey, this isn’t just any ordinary spray. In fact, it’s their Summer Solstice Scented Setting Spray — which comes with notes of crushed pineapple, coconut, and a sea salt breeze — are we in paradise yet? For those who aren’t in the know, this All Nighter Spray locks in your makeup for up to 16 hours and prevents your makeup from fading, cracking and setting into fine lines. Now you don’t have to resign yourself to looking like a shrivelled old sponge.
Urban Decay All Nighter Summer Solstice Scented Setting Spray, $48. Available in-store at Sephora, online at sephora.sg and at the Urban Decay freestanding store at Ngee Ann City.