This two-product wonder is critical if you want your makeup to last when the temperature rises. If you’ve surrendered to the idea that your foundation can only last a couple of hours this summer, I promise you, you’re mistaken! You just need the right primer before you apply it then you have to lock it in with a setting spray. Here’s how:
- Long-lasting Primer — there are many primers available today, some are hydrating, others are radiating… so it’s a little overwhelming. In this case, you want to look for one that is long lasting. I love Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer because it actually lasts for all day (believe me, it has saved me on never-ending commercial shoots when I thought I’d have to redo the makeup halfway through only to be happily surprised that it looked like I just applied it).
- Setting Spray — you can set your makeup with all kinds of water sprays; Evian Vaporizing Mist, Floral Waters, etc and all will do the job. But if you live in a really humid area and know you’re going to “glow” a little more that day (ok, perspire profusely!), try Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish. I swear by it because it prevents makeup from smearing or creasing and really controls shine.
- On bare skin (or moisturized if your skin is really dry), apply the primer by sweeping it all over your face directly from the stick.
- Now you can apply your foundation (pick one with full spectrum sunscreen) with a foundation brush, fingers or a sponge. Powder your t-zone if necessary.
- After you’ve applied the rest of your makeup (but before mascara), finish by holding the setting spray bottle 10-12 inches from your face and spritz five times (one for each area: forehead, right cheek, left cheek, nose and chin).