How to Get Melt-Proof, Long-Lasting Summer Makeup

It's happening.  
The faces and shirts of our boyfriends and husbands are tainted with it. The evidence is stained into the furniture and is etched into the horrified expressions on our faces. 
Our makeup is melting off.
And no wonder. It's the middle of summer. It's hot. Frankly, most of the country probably feels like they could fry an egg on their faces, let alone the sidewalk. 
From left to right: Smashbox Photo Finish LightMAC Prep and Prime Lip PrimerMAC Prep + Prime Skin Smoother,  Urban Decay All Nighter Spray
Working three simple steps into your makeup routine can make the difference in the appearance and longevity of your makeup. These steps will lock on your makeup and protect it from hot weather and naturally oily skin. If oily skin is your problem, one of my previous posts provides tips that can help. 

3 Steps for Melt-Proof Makeup:

1.) Primers- Using a primer all over the face as a base before you put on your foundation is a great way to lock on your facial products. Smashbox Photo Finish Light is a primer that I love and have used for a long time now. If you have sensitive skin then I suggest their light formula as it won't clog the pores. MAC Prep and Prime Lip Primer is also a wonderful product that fills in the lines of your lips and grabs on to lip products for all-day wear. 
2.) Setting Powders- Setting your foundation, blush, and bronzer with a setting powder will increase the longevity of your makeup and seep up any extra oils on your face. I like to use MAC Prep + Prime Skin Smoother as it smoothes out imperfections and softens the appearance of the skin... all while keeping your makeup glued to your face.
3.) Setting Sprays- As a final step to the makeup process, I spray a setting spray all over my face. This step will really seal in your makeup and prevent product from dripping down your face if you sweat in hot weather. I have been loving the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray but I also make my own easy DIY Setting Spray that works very well. 
Yet another key is to look for products that have primers infused in them, work as stains, or are labeled as long-lasting/waterproof. 
Below are melt-proof products that I swear by:

Prom/Summer Nights Makeup Tutorial

Fretting over prom makeup woes, my wonderful friend, Alyssa, recently asked me to film a makeup look that she could wear to her senior prom. When she sent me a picture of her beautiful, aqua prom dress with gold and white details, I was instantly inspired. I decided to create a wearable flirty and romantic look with an unexpected pop of blue under the bottom lashline to tie in the theme of the dress. This look would also be great for any night that you are going out this summer since the colors are warm and bright, yet subtle. 
Let me know if any of you have specific requests and I will happily make a video for you!

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