Shakeup Your Makeup (A Guide for Hot Days)

May 26, 2017

When I was working as a makeup artist in Illinois, it wasn't unusual to have to try to keep models looking fresh in abysmal heat and humidity. With the temperatures in Seattle hitting the 80s this Memorial Day weekend, I thought it would be a good time to review some of those same makeup tricks and hacks and share some new favorite products.




Try a powder foundation. So many great products at Nordstrom, I can't name them all, but I love love love MAC Studio's Fix Powder Plus, Lancome's Dual Finish foundation, and Smashbox's Halo Perfecting Powder are excellent choices.


Can't do powder foundation? Press liquid foundation into your skin with a cosmetic sponge wrapped in a single ply of facial tissue.


Skip foundation entirely and use a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. It's easy to reapply as needed without worrying about messing up your foundation.


Best yet: Work on your skin care regimine so you can confidently skip foundation entirely.




Gel eyeliner is a must. Our favorite is Fluidline by MAC (naturally). It's great for tight lining, too.


Switch to waterproof mascara, if you don't already use it. I used to use Clinique's Swimmer's Mascara on everyone when it was available (I'd even sleep in it so the guy I was dating never saw me with skimpy lashes), despite it's occasional flakes. Today's formulas are a little less flaky after a day's wear and more natural looking.


Skip mascara and get eyelash extensions. (Sayaka is the certified lash master here - from natural to volume, she has the skills others envy.)


Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream eyeshadow won't budge. Need further testimony to its staying power? It's the preferred eye shadow of the U.S. Olympic synchronized swim team. 




This tip is so old, my mother used it...for good reason. Before applying lipstick, cover your entire lip with lip liner in a shade matching. Even when your lipstick wears off, you'll still have color.


In my pro kit, I keep a bottle of Face atelier's Lip Lock. It's lip shellac. And it really works. (Available at and Amazon.)



Whatever you do, don't skip or skimp on sunscreen. You face will thank you later.




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