Fresh-Faced for Summer: Tips to Avoid Summer Makeup Meltdowns

Tips to Avoid Summer Makeup Meltdowns

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Summer heat and humidity brings melting makeup, sliding eyeliner, and sticky lipstick. You’ll have to make little changes to your routine to keep makeup looking fresh and pretty as summer requires a different type of maintenance when it comes to beauty especially to African-American skin. Follow these summer makeup tips and the only thing that will shine is you.

Cleanse, Exfoliate, & Moisturize

Cleanse and exfoliate your face every morning and night with a cleanser that matches your skin type — oily, dry, combination, or normal. The goal is not to over wash but to remove dirt and oil while retaining moisture. Exfoliating is important in African-American skin as it tends to blemish easily and dead skin cells tend to accumulate on the skin, leaving it rough and uneven, with blocked or enlarged pores. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub with glycolic or citrus acid twice a week to keep black skin even and smooth. Follow up with an SPF, hypoallergenic and oil-free moisturizer to protect your skin from the sun.


For flawless summer makeup, check your foundation. If you go outside every day without sunscreen, your skin tone may have changed. You may be a shade darker so check your current foundation. Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer or BB cream. You can find tinted moisturizers and BB creams targeted for darker skin in different shades at your local pharmacy, Sephora, or Macy’s. These sheer formulas look and feel lighter and airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey on humid days. If the tinted moisturizer or BB cream does not provide full coverage of your dark spots or uneven skin, brush powder foundation or pressed powder over the tinted moisturizer/BB cream in spots where you need a little extra coverage.

It only takes a few seconds to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. It goes on light, provides a smooth base, and helps hold makeup in place throughout the day.

Combat Oil

African-American skin is naturally richer in sebaceous oils so a problem with oily skin especially the T-zone of the face is common. A greasy face instantly tells the world you’re hot – and not hot as in sexy. To eliminate unsightly shine in seconds, use blotting papers. After blotting, follow up with a dusting of pressed/loose/translucent powder to absorb excess oil.

Prep Eyes

Eye shadows crease and melt with perspiration, heat and humidity. Before applying eye shadow, smooth on primer on your eyelids. This helps keep your eye shadow in place. In the summer your carefully applied eyeliner and mascara will melt away so opt for waterproof mascara instead.

Lighter Lips

Try ditching heavy lipstick for long lasting, moisture rich lip glosses. A light lip gloss or tinted lip balm instead. These lip conditioners are a great choice for summer, providing sun protection and a hint of color and gloss.

Try This! Light Summer Makeup

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Avoid Summer Makeup Meltdowns

Have tips for keeping your makeup and skin fresh in the summer heat? Please share your summer makeup in the comments below!