Makeup artist and aesthetician Lacinda Fritter knows a thing or two about melt-free makeup. She specializes in weddings—regularly helping area brides look fresh for hours—and studied makeup for film, television, and print in Los Angeles. Here, she shares some of her favorite ways to keep makeup in place in the heat and humidity.
“Generally speaking, go lighter with your makeup in the summer,” says Fritter. The less you put on, the less there is to slide off. For times you want some coverage, choose a lightweight foundation that matches your skin type and color. Fritter likes a tinted moisturizer with SPF for dry skin and Chanel Ultrawear Flawless Foundation for oily complexions, $60 at Halls Kansas City in Crown Center.
Apply a pea-size amount to clean, moisturized skin before your concealer or foundation. “The key is to apply it lightly with a synthetic brush or warm it with your fingertips and then press it into the skin,” says Fritter, who likes Jane Iredale Absence Oil Control Primer, $39, at AesthetiCare Med Spa in Leawood. “It actually absorbs oil. I’ve used it on almost every bride.”
A densely pigmented, cream formula will resist melting and keep blemishes and dark circles covered. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, $30 at sephora.com is Fritter’s pick. Dab it on with your ring finger or a small brush and blend it into skin.
It’s no secret regular mascara formulas can run in the heat and leave you with raccoon eyes. Water resistant and waterproof formulas like Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara, $32, at Halls Kansas City stay put. “Add an extra layer or two in the summer,” says Fritter. “It defines eyes without much shadow and liner, which can smudge the heat.”
Try a setting spray
Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $28, supergoop.com helps control shine, blocks UV rays, and won’t mess up your makeup. Mist it over your face after applying makeup to give it extra staying power and to refresh mid-day.
Resist the urge to touch up sweat and shine with powders, which can get cakey, and use blotting papers instead. We like the smooth, plastic-y sheets that absorb shine.