2018 Update: We still think this is a great discussion of summer makeup for work, but you may also want to check out our most recent discussion of what to wear to work in the summer.
Ladies, how do you change up your summer makeup for work? We haven’t talked about makeup tips for the summer for professional women for a few years, (not counting my epic review of tinted lip balm last year), so let’s discuss. Any new products that are must-haves for you for summer? Any old products that have “still got it”? Which are your preferred products for summer? How do you factor sunscreen into the mix (if at all)?
For my $.02, I’ve retired bronzer (see you next November/December, old friend!) and have primarily been using Nars the Multiple for cheeks and eyes at the moment. (I briefly tried Benetint again, which I’ve used for years, but it just isn’t doing it for me right now.) I think I’m going to try to get into daily use for my Bare Minerals foundation — it has a physical sunblock and evens my skin, so yay. But I’m excited to hear from you guys — what is your favorite makeup for summer?
Pictured: bareMinerals 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Original Foundation Kit (awww, 20 years!), available at Sephora for $38.
For a low-maintenance response, I don’t change much – I’ll probably choose lipgloss more often, and use a little more blush/bronzer than usual. I use tinted moisturizer year-round so don’t need to switch to anything lighter.
So Clarins decided to discontinue my favorite SPF. (It was the UV Plus HP Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 40.) The reformulated product is Clarins Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50 but apparently it is now a combination physical/chemical sunscreen as opposed to the 100% physical original version. Can anyone recommend 100% physical SPF in the department store/ luxury price segment?
Skinceuticals Physical UV Defense
S in Chicago
+1 million. The tinted version keeps it from being white and blends easily with no scent.
I was totally looking for the UV Plus HP, so sad that it’s been discontinued. Maybe I’ll actually try the reformulated one though, since I don’t need 100% physical. Is it a cream or a liquid type sunscreen (I’ve had bad luck with liquid ones)?
The old version was very thin/liquid but I really liked it a lot. Apparently the new one is slightly thicker but I have not tried it.
Coola mineral, SuperGoop CC cream. For body, Blue Lizard has a sensitive formula that is mineral based.
Tarte. Tartegaurd 30 is a totally physical sunscreen.
I use sunscreen daily year-round (and have since I was 16) in the form of my neutrogena moisturizer. I use Tarte BB cream which I love, and that is also SPF 30. I have read that makeup sunscreen wears off throughout the day (since makeup rubs off) but a moisturizer with spf won’t. I probably use MORE bronzer in the summer, and on really really hot and muggy days in DC I’ll use waterproof mascara instead of my regular mascara. I also try to use a chapstick with sunscreen in it when I know I’ll be out in the sun a lot.
Do you find the Tarte BB Cream (assuming it’s the 12-hour protection one I have) a little hard to blend? I can’t quite tell whether it’s just the texture of the cream or whether I might have gotten the wrong color.
It blends easy for me but I think the coloring is tricky.
Supergoop hand lotion with sunscreen is my fave summer beauty product this year. Never drive without sunscreen on my hands year round.
I’ve been thinking about this — I recently switched to a foundation with much more coverage (Kat von D) because I decided my coloring was too uneven (yea sun spots from teenage stupidity), but I worry about wearing it in the muggy Manhattan summer. I like tinted moisturizer, but I don’t think it does enough to even me out. Anyone have recs? Maybe Bare Minerals?
Its pricey but I highly recommend Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation – it’s amazing.
Seconded. Luminous Silk is amazing. However, it doesn’t have nearly as much coverage as the Kat Von D foundation. I highly recommend targeted concealing instead of using full coverage foundation (aka the Lisa Eldridge method).
My experience with Bare Minerals is that it sweats off way too easily. I would take off my sunglasses and have two little patches on my nose where the makeup had come off on my sunglasses. And this was while sitting in my air conditioned car in the morning, so not even that hot yet.
I use tinted moisturizer with concealer to cover up sun spots or any blemishes.
I do not have sensitive skin, but had a really icky reaction to Bare Minerals – it made my face horribly itchy and I had to wash it all off in the office bathroom in the middle of the day. I’m currently wearing a Bobbi Brown BB Cream, which is really “sticky” and doesn’t move much.
But when I lived in New York, I basically stopped wearing makeup in the summer because nothing survived my sweaty subway commute!
Foot stuff takes over for me in the summer — pumice, polish, moisturize, repeat.
On my face: sunscreen and (lately) assorted baseball caps. I am sacrificing vanity now for vanity in my 60s and beyond.
Stila Sheer Color tinted moisturizer is my current favorite. Just enough coverage to feel like it’s evening me out, light enough feel to not be gross in stupid Atlanta summers. A little powder to set it, and it’s lovely.
I’m on the hunt for a new sunscreen, though. A friend turned me on to a couple options that I’m ordering in from Japan (where apparently they’re lightyears ahead of us on all things skin-related, holy moly) so here’s hoping those work. All I ask is SPF50 – yay for two relatives being diagnosed with skin cancer within two years – and that it not break me out, and those seem to be damn near impossible to find in stores. :(
I love Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF50+ for my face. I had randomly bought it at TJ Maxx and loved it so much I recently bought it full price. It lasts a long time because you barely need any, and I can apply ONCE – even at the beach!! It is literally the best sunscreen I have ever used. I tend to have dry skin, so I’m not sure how it is with breakouts, but my skin is also sensitive and I noticed no change after using it.
I like the sunscreens from the face shop – it’s a Korean brand and there are a couple of stores in the states. You can also order online I think… They have quite a few types, depending on what you’re looking for. I like the Super Perfect one (SPF 50) but the eco power is pretty good too (SPF 45 i think).
They also have BB creams with SPF 35 which is what i usually use on a day to day basis and coverage is great
I switch to tinted moisturizer or luminous foundation in the summer. I used to favor matte formulas in the summer, but I realized that I will have breakthrough shine by midday, no matter what I do, so I may as well embrace the dewiness. I always carry blotting papers in my purse, though. I like more bronzer and a bright but sheer lip color. Corals and pinks come out, the berries and burgundies get stored away.
Word, I embrace the dewiness, too. Primer + neutral shadow to keep eyeliner from smearing, 1-2 drops oil all over my face (Josie Maran works, Fresh is good, too, in the winter I use maybe 7 drops), sunscreen (I’m using JM’s spf 47, I like it a lot), and cream blush on my cheeks. Everything stays, nothing is melting off, I can get on with my life.
I wear less makeup in the summer, because I tend to sweat it off, or the sweat+makeup makes me breakout like crazy.
Does anyone else have the problem of needing completely different foundation colors in winter and summer (and sometimes an in-between in spring/fall)? I am normally rather pale and try to keep on sunscreen most days, but if I forget sunscreen for a few days or have an hour here or there in the sun for several days in a row I get a (very slight) base tan that makes me just dark enough that my winter foundation (or tinted moisturizer) looks ghostly.
Do I need to just suck it up and buy a shade or 2 darker in the summer? Or stay hyper vigilant on the sunscreen and hat? Any suggestions as to how to handle being in-between shades? It also doesn’t help that I have a yellowish tone to my skin, so I have a hard time finding a color that looks the right shade of tan and doesn’t just make me look like a pale Oompa-Loompa orange.
It’s common for brown faces to be 2 different colors, so I use 2 colors all year, with different percentages of each depending on the season.
All the time–I’m pasty pale in the winter and run outside all spring/summer (sweating off every hint of sunscreen!) so I pick up a hint of color. I usually just buy one shade darker/warmer from my winter color. Usually in spring/fall I end up blending the two on the back of my hand so the color’s not totally off…or just give up and go with a tinted moisturizer during the really muggy days.
I use Clinique CC cream and the tinted balm. Somehow my sensitive skin can only take so much.
I’ve been mixing in a drop of Koh Gen Do’s Illuminator into my regular (Clarins) foundation. Same coverage, but just gives me more of a dewy, summer-y look. I also give my powder blush a break. I just picked up the Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush and I’m really liking it (although it is pretty sheer, so YMMV.) When I have a little more color (I’m pretty pale) and want something rosier, I use Josie Maran’s Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek Oil. (Warning … use a light touch!) And then, just brighter lips.
I like to use sunscreen year round since I live in sunny FL, but I kick it up a notch in summer. I love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Sunscreen- Tinted. It’s pricey but very good. Then for foundation over that, I use IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in SPF 50. This stuff is amazing, perfect for dry and/or aging skin. It’s fuller coverage than your average CC cream and gives a slightly dewy finish without looking too shiny or oily. Both of these products are fairly pricey, but totally worth it.
The best sweat-proof mascara I have found is an inexpensive drugstore brand. I’ve tried high end to low end and Maybelline The Rocket Volum’Express is the best. It’s so good that it can be hard to get off sometimes. (I find Clinique’s Take The Day Off for lids, lashes, and lips to be the best for this.)
Finally, I know this isn’t makeup, but the best deodorant I’ve found so far to prevent underarm circles is Degree Motion Sense. Living in FL, I have experienced sweaty armpits more than I care to admit. But since I started using the Degree I haven’t noticed them. YMMV.
Olay spf15 moisturiser plus loose powder.
Lipstick and brow powder.
I’ve recently gotten obsessed with Tatcha and picked up a pore-perfecting SPF 35 cream that goes on under my Garnier BB cream (but I want to try another brand soon). A little Smashbox foundation (about to run out, so I’m due for some experimenting at Sephora) to even out my coloring, and Benefit’s Gimme Brow colored gel, and I’m set. A long detailed skincare regimen has really begun to pay off in how little I actually have to do makeup-wise.