I could literally shout from the rooftops about how excited I am for summer to be here! This past winter made me completely miserable. It was so cold that I thought it would never be warm again. It’s the middle of May, and we’ve still had a few cool days. I’m not necessarily looking forward to the devastating heat that will hit us, but I am excited for it to just be warm and sunny. I need sunlight! Summer is also my favorite season for makeup because I love being able to bust out bright colors, metallics and beachy looks. But you have to transition into summer makeup, which means mistakes will happen.
When it’s hot outside, makeup tends to melt and get gross. Eye makeup smudges, mascara runs and you’re walking around with cake-face. That ain’t cute. I can help you prevent these things before it’s too late! Check out these summer beauty mistakes you probably didn’t know you were making:
Not Wearing SPF
This is my number one rule ALWAYS, but especially in the summer. You should be wearing SPF every single day. If you can't remember to put it on, get a moisturizer with SPF in it or even foundation or a BB cream with it built in. PLEASE.
Getting An Orange Tan
Spray tans and self-tanners are great! They're a safe way to get a tan, but just make sure you're not turning yourself orange. No one looks good with orange skin, you guys.
Not Getting A New Shade Of Face Makeup
During the first few weeks of summer, I always see girls walking around with faces that don't match their bodies. Suddenly, you're being exposed to more sun and even if you're wearing SPF (which you should be, obviously), you're going to get a little darker in the summer. So you need to get a new shade that matches your skin!
Wearing Heavy Makeup
I'm a firm believer in wearing makeup that you like to wear, but heavy makeup just isn't good for you in the summer. Lighten things up and stick to bright, dewy looks. Save the heavy eyeliner for nighttime.
Not Using Primer
You know how makeup has a tendency to melt off your face when you sweat? That's probably because you're not using a primer. I use a primer everyday no matter what the season because I have oily skin, but I double up in the summer if I want my makeup to actually stay on.
Using Powder Products Instead Of Cream
Noooo! Okay, powder products are great. I love them. However, they are not built to withstand heat and when you sweat, powder products cake up. Switch to cream products for the summer because they'll last longer and stay on your face.
Not Using Oil Blotting Sheets
Even if you don't have oily skin, you should be using oil-blotting sheets in the summer. Getting rid of excess oil will help your makeup stay on and reduce caking.
Not Using A Protective Style
Natural girls, protective styles are your friend in the summer! It's not the end of the world if you don't use a protective style in your hair. That said, a protective style is really beneficial because it keeps breakage at a minimum, prevents it from drying out too much and gives your hair a break from styling. Basically, when you're on summer vacation, so is your hair!
Heat Styling Your Hair
Heat styling is a major no-no in the summer. Your hair is already going to be more dry and frizzy from the heat and humidity alone, so adding more heat into the mix is not a good idea. I rarely use heat on my hair in the summer because it just causes too much damage between putting heat directly on my hair and being out in the sun.
Not Treating Your Hair After Swimming
If you go swimming in a pool, your hair is covered in chlorine, which is terrible for your hair. Make sure after you swim in a pool that you wash your hair thoroughly to get those chemicals out of your hair. And while we love the beachy waves that salt water causes, we don't love how much salt water dries out our hair. After swimming in the ocean, make sure to do some extra conditioning.
Do you make any of these mistakes in the summer? What else would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments!