by Andrea Claire
Models, celebs, editors and even mere mortals rave about how my hair and makeup lasts, so I must be doing something right 😜 so here are my top tips to keep the humidity from attacking your beauty routine!
Skincare is always number one. Bear in mind, that every new season or climate requires a skincare revamp for targeting your needs. For example, in the dry winter months your skin cries for hydration, so your moisturizer will tend to be more rich.
I like Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream for thirsty skin, and Dermalogica Active Moist for skin that only needs a sheer veil. Some skin types need a little of both or even shine control, then I add in Dermalogica oil control lotion, especially for the t-zone (it's an oil spill lifesaver!).
Primer is your next important step which will create a breathable barrier between your skin and makeup. I love the Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer - it's a miracle in a bottle and feels like heaven, as you apply it, it smooths out fine lines too. If the t-zone is excessively oily, I will use Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer. Not so oily? Benefit's POREfessional is porefect.
Foundation... Le sigh. Many women have the default of powder foundations in the summer. I hate them. I rarely-to- never use powder foundations. Don't be all like & but ANDREA it's the summer and I'm oily...& Powder makes you look old. If that's not enough to stop you from using powder then hear this: when your skin is oily it has overactive oil glands, when you apply powder it takes away some of that oil, but guess what? Your sebaceous glands toss on their thinking caps and decide that you need more oil, so your skin produces more oil, then you (horror face) apply more powder... And repeat. The other problem with powders, is that they tend to oxidize when mixed with oil and sun...
What's that? It changes colour... So by the end of the day you look chalk-faced and old. Stop the insanity. I would suggest an oil-free, liquid mattifiying foundation vs powder. Try NARS Velvet Matte. No excuses ladies.
TIP: I multi everything. Multi-cleanse, multi-moisturize, multi-prime, multi-foundation... Especially on the pre-canvas and canvas portion of the makeup. Your cheeks vs forehead vs t-zone most likely need different textures versus different shades. Many brands now will carry the same shade ranges with different finished I.e Honey Beige with a sheer luminous finish and a matte finish. This sets you up for better success with the rest of your makeup. I understand that stocking a multi-beauty arsenal can get costly so visit a beauty consultant at a multi-brand store like Sephora or have a one-on- one consult with an agency represented makeup artist as these pros know about many brands and therefore can advise better to suit your needs.
At this next step, it is ok to do a light dusting of translucent powder to set. Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder fights active oil glands and the effects of humidity so definitely a must-have power. It's not a foundation powder so that's ok!
Are your a Kontour fanatic? (If you don't get the "K" then your TV is permanently off and you don't have the Internet - go back to your cave cro-magnon) Too Faced Matt chocolate bronzers or Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette are perfect for contouring - the colours are subtle, not at all Donatella orange. These are powders and have the ACBeauty stamp of approval.
My style is that I tend to target the t-zone more for fighting oil and shine because I adore dewy skin so cheeks are ok without oil control, besides you don't tend to seep oil from your cheeks.
I love a good dewy blush so cream is what I prefer, even on oily skin. Bobbi Brown cream blushes are so lovely and because they are a little more dense than many cream blushes, I find that they don't fade or travel, even on oily skin. Another fave is Josie Maran Cosmetics Infinity lip and cheek creamy oil don't be fooled by the word & the Argan oil has healing properties and won't clog pores so great for acneaic skin too. Prefer powder blushes? Of course MAC Cosmetics or NARS has great blushes.
Eyelids can be oily too so I love to base my shadows with cream to powder finishes. Benefit Cosmetics has the best creaseless cream shadows and EVERYONE should own Birthday Suit. It's a lovely mushroom shimmer that suits every skin tone. True story. Then you can wear this on its own or layer other eye shadows on top for a budge-resistant look.
Do you have trouble with your wing tip flying away? Bobbi Brown long-wear gel eyeliners don't budge. Trusssst in me. I've used every gel liner on the market - there is no competition for this gel liner. Or for a smudge-able yet stay put pencil MAC PowerPoint liners.
Andrea Claire is a Canadian celebrity hair and makeup artist who has lived in Singapore for the past 8 years, so she has the beat the heat & humidity beauty down pat! (Pun intended) We caught up with her just in time for the summer! Visit her at www.aclairebeauty.com