5 Tips for Wearing Full-Coverage Foundation on a Hot Summer Day

August 06, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

Full-coverage foundation in the summer? I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. I’m the first one to opt for a lightweight BB cream during the hot, humid summer but honestly, sometimes you wake up with breakouts that need a little more coverage than your sheer foundation allows — maskne is real, people! Other times, you might just be in the mood to do a full-coverage glam to remind yourself that you can and that you’re a boss babe. To find out how to accomplish wearing a full-coverage foundation without it melting off or feeling super cakey, I tapped professional makeup artist Molly R. Stern. Ahead, she shares her best tips. 

Tip #1: Use a Wet Beauty Sponge 

Avoid cakey makeup by applying your full-coverage foundation using a wet beauty sponge, says Stern. “This helps to give a little elasticity to your foundation”, she explains. “Once I’m done applying the product, I like to take my clean hands and press them into my face wherever I have applied the foundation,” she says. “This process makes the product look more natural and like it’s part of the complexion rather than sitting on the surface.”

Tip #2: Layer Your Foundation Only Where You Need It 

If you wantthe extra coverage but hate how it feels in the summer heat, Stern says it’s best to layer the coverage on the areas where you need it the most. Apply one layer of foundation on your entire face and then go in using a small makeup brush to cover any spots you want to hide with your foundation. “Keep the touch light and press in a setting powder once the blemish is covered,” says Stern.

Tip #3: Use a Good Primer 

“A great primer will help make your foundation wear longer,” says Stern. A primer can also allow you to layer on less product and in turn, feel lighter in the heat. One of our favorites is the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, which is a lightweight primer that blurs the appearance of pores and blemishes and dries down to a matte finish. 

Tip #4: Set it With a Powder

Once your foundation is applied, Stern says the best way to make it last is by dusting a translucent setting powder all over. One of our favorites is the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder because it locks in makeup for up to 16 hours, is lightweight and ideal for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Tip #5: Consider a Powder Foundation 

In 90 degree weather, greasiness is difficult to avoid but powders are great for absorbing excess oil that threatens your finished makeup look. Avoid adding an extra step to your routine by choosing a powder foundation, says Stern. The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Powder Foundation offers buildable coverage with a natural matte finish. It’s also infused with SPF 50, which is exactly what you need to stay protected when you’re outside. 

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