Summer Makeup Guide

Summer is in full swing which means time for the barbecues, days on the beach, and the long lines at amusement parks. With all the sunscreen, sunburn, and hot days, will our skin ever get a break? If you are tired of the breakouts, the sunburns, and melting makeup -- the makeup summer survival guide is for you.

Skin

With temperatures over ninety and humidity galore, let’s face it summer is not your skin’s best friend. Acne prone skin is the one of the toughest challenges of skincare during the summer. Sweat and dirt clog your pores causing troublesome breakouts. When it comes to summer skin, your best weapon is prevention. The best way to combat this never ending problem is to create your own skincare regimen: clean, mask, tone, exfoliate and moisturize before the icky breakouts occur.

•Cleaning your skin is extremely important this summer season as outdoor activities are sure to make you sweat. Try a heavy duty cleanser like Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser which reduces 99.9% of surface bacteria in one minute! •Toning is also extremely important as well. After washing or exfoliating your face, toning helps fight the excess bacteria on your face. Some toners also protect your skin and help fight aging. Kiss My Face’s Balancing Facial toner is perfect for acne prevention and anti-aging with ingredients such as Vitamin E and Aloe. •Like weekly hair mask treatments, skincare is no exception. Masks like Lush’s Mask of Magnanimity Face Mask help soak up the deep dirt that some cleansers and exfoliates can’t pick up. With Adzuki beans that remove dead skin cells while china clay pulls dirt from your pores. •Moisturizing is also really important this summer but it’s extremely important this time of year to make sure your moisturizer is not only light but has proper SPF protection as well. Yes to Cucumber’s Soothing Sensitive Skin Daily Calming Moisturizer. It has an SPF of 30 and is a light moisturizer that won’t clog your pores.

But you still want to wear makeup? For a light-flawless summer look that won’t aggravate your skin, try mineral makeup. For medium coverage try Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Foundation available at Target. Ulta brand cosmetics also make their own mineral foundation for under $20.

Lips

Believe it or not lips do burn during the summer, so lip protection is something you won’t want to skip out on. Try all natural Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm with SPF 8.

However, if you’re a lip-gloss kind of gal, try Korres Buttered-Up Lip Butter which hydrates your lips as well as adding a pop of color.

Eyes

Keeping on eye makeup during the summer can prove to be quite a hassle, as the heat often tends to melt our favorite liner or mascara. Keep your eye makeup in place with Benefit Cosmetic’s Stay Don’t Stray: Concealer/Shadow Base. Or try eye primers like Sephora’s Tricks of the Trade primer.

Looking for a way to keep your smoky eyes all day long. Keep your liner on all this summer by trying Sephora’s Long Lasting Eye Liner.

Remember this summer, stay cool and most importantly stay fabulous! Follow me on Twitter @CourtneyLeiva.