For a beauty junkie like me, getting dolled up before a party is half the fun of being invited. But getting ready for a summer barbecue flips the whole process on its ear. Suddenly you have to start worrying about heat, humidity and (gasp!) perspiration. None of the above are conducive to a flawless face, but there are some tricks and products that can help you feel party-ready without having the dreaded makeup meltdown.
- Skip the powder. It’s not going to last through your first kiss-hello, so you might as well kiss it good-bye. If going powder-less makes you feel unfinished, grab some blotting sheets. They absorb any shine on the surface to keep you as matte as possible. And they’re perfect to throw in your bag for quick touch-ups throughout the day. Powder on damp skin is a big no.
- I get how blush seems a little counterintuitive to this situation: If you’re warm enough that you’re worried about sweating off your makeup, aren’t your cheeks going to be flushed? Most likely, yes. But I’m a blush fanatic. Stain blushes give you that perfect pinched-cheek glow, and these days you can find them in colors to suit every complexion. My beloved Stainiac from TheBalm is simple to use and perfect to dab on lips as well as cheeks.
- It probably goes without saying that this is not the time for smoky eyes. Instead, add a little bit of definition by way of a mascara that simply darkens instead of thickens. Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara fits the bill — it’s like a stain for your lashes.
- Don’t fight your natural hair texture, especially if you’re dealing with humidity. I’m a big fan of the sunglasses-as-a-headband trick to keep my hair out of my face, but a drop or two of the right product can be even more effective. Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom is becoming a cult product around the Evite office for taming flyaways and smoothing frizz, and it’s loved by curly- and straight-haired girls alike.