It’s that time of year again. The temps are getting higher, the humidity is setting in, and the rains will be here soon. Get ready for it! Also, if this is your first summer in Korea you are soon to see your umbrella collection multiply like bunnies since you’ll forget it in the morning, then by lunch it’s black and pouring outside.
Question #1 this time of year is: how do I keep my face from melting?! Here are my top tips and tricks to keeping your makeup on point whether you are dealing with Korean summers or find yourself on a tropical vacation in SE Asia. Most of these are reviewed on my Instagram #30secondreview so check them out.
Now depending on what you are going for, your base can vary. In the summertime (especially if I am on holiday) I keep my face pretty fresh. Even though it’s summer, always moisturize. Then add your SPF. I am loving this jelly sunscreen from Look at Me cosmetics. Then I layer either my bb cream or a sunless tanner. I can’t wait to try the facial oil by St. Tropez but in the meantime, I use this face tanner. It evens the tones and then I don’t need bb cream. If I use BB I have too many favorites, but I’m currently obsessed with this one from Erborian. If you are into blushes this is when you would add a cheek tint. That will ensure the staying power of your rosey glow all day. Lip tints double as cheek tints, so go crazy (well, not really; use it sparingly and blend quickly as they do set)
2. Setting powder
No matter what you do to your base, if you don’t set it with powder, it will all melt off the minute the humidity hits you in the face. So this part is essential! I either use the Mac Mineralize Natural Skinfinish powder or the Makeup Forever translucent setting powder. Both are super fine powders that keep my makeup set and don’t leave any creasing. The skinfinish has a slight color so it adds another layer of light coverage. Be sure to get the natural skinfinish as the other has a slight shimmer. The translucent powder is clear and can be used over anything. I’ve heard good things about Innisfree No Sebum mineral powder, but haven’t tried it personally (it’s on THE LIST!)
After this I go in with a quick powder bronzer/contour color to give my face some tanned dimension. My favorite contour color is Harmony from Mac, a soft dusty rose-beige that is good on a variety of skin tones. It’s buildable for more drama, but with a soft hand perfect to warm up your face (and it’s not orange!)
3. Waterproof eye shadows
Now this is where things can get tricky because when it is hot and humid the first thing to crease is your eye makeup. Keep it simple and go for a paint pot. I swear by these things! One swipe across your lid and you are set. No need to prime as they act as a primer. You can build upon them with other shadows if you want to change it up. I’ve used Let’s Skate for years and it hasn’t dried out yet. Worth every penny. A cheaper dupe option would be the shadow sticks from UPRS. These are waterproof and don’t budge. If you can get your hands on them, Colourpop cosmetics are also awesome. *if you do your brows, here’s when you put those on as well. Opt for a waterproof gel creme or brow mascara. I wasn’t a huge fan of Gimmie Brow by Benefit but others love it. I’ve tried the brow gelcreme from Mac but the color isn’t quite what I wanted. It does have awesome staying power in this humidity, though.
4. Waterproof mascara
Everyone has their favorite waterproof mascaras. I don’t normally wear waterproof as it’s a pain to get off. My favorite K-beauty mascara right now is Zero Gram from UPRS. Check my Instagram for a quick 30 second review. Top department store mascaras I can recommend include Benefit Roller Lash or They’re Real, Urban Decay Perversion, and Mac Splashproof/Zoom Fast Waterproof. *ignose LashGasm by Too Faced. Hated that mascara!
5. Setting spray *key to everything!
The final step is to seal the deal and keep it all in place. The powder will keep your base in place, this will act as extra insurance. I started using the Urban Decay All Nighter spray since my wedding in Korea in 2010. I needed to make sure my makeup stood the test of time and humidity. It was blazing and from 6am to 10pm my makeup was on point! There are plenty of “fixing sprays” on the market, but I still haven’t found one that competes with this.
6. Tint those lips
It’s summer! Keep your lips fresh and light with a tint balm, gel, or oil. Korea is the land of lip tints so check out your favorite brand. I’ve heard awesome things about Innisfree tints and balms. I currently love the Mac Versicolour or the Liptone HD tint from Tony Moly (Mac dupe!)
That’s a wrap up of my must-have summer items and tips to to beat the heat! Try them out and keep your makeup in place so you can enjoy summer and not fret about your makeup. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments. Be sure to check out my #30secondreview on Instagram as I talk about my thoughts on most of these products.