Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Temptalia Asks You


How does your makeup routine change for summer? Do you wear less makeup? The same? More? Do certain products get pushed to the back and others moved to the forefront?

Temptalia's AnswerI make sure I am well-stocked in SPF at all times, especially ones that dry matte, because that’s what I look for in a sunscreen I layer under makeup.  If I’m doing full makeup, I try to build makeup in layers, which means using primers and powders to set anything liquid/cream.  For lighter days, I opt for tinted moisturizer over regular liquid foundation.  I don’t really go to the beach, so waterproof makeup is not necessary.

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48 thoughts on “How does your makeup routine change for summer?

  1. Amanda

    what is your favorite sunscreen that dries matte….? I’ve been searching for a good one for a while because I am so pale!

    • Clarins UV Plus SPF 40, Neutrogena Dry Touch, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream (or Lotion) for Face

    • Emily O.

      I’m totally enamoured with the Shiseido ultimate 55+, lovely dry down and I’m about as pale as you can get, plus it has the mineral component.

  2. Christina

    I layer a lot as well! I switch to Studio Sculpt foundation, and I make sure to carry extra powder with me because I always tend to sweat along my hairline!

  3. Eileen

    On humid days I definitely go for the bare minimum: spf tinted moisturizer, mascara, and lipstick. No sense in putting anything else on when it’s going to melt off within 20 minutes.

  4. Laurel

    I change to lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizers and try to use less concealer. I use lighter colors on my eyes and lips and use bronzer more.

  5. Emily O.

    Sooo just last weekend I found myself in Walgreens choosing sunscreen alongside my aunt. She had flown in from San Diego and I had flown in from Reno and we were heading to Calistoga. She thought I was joking whn I chose a 110 SPF with all the bells and whistles. My Dad had to make a smart comment about paying more for a negligible difference. I assault replied t was the same price and that Gisele is not my skin care guru (this comment was lost on him). Long story long, in the summer I lust for triple digit sunscreen. I freckle, wrinkle and have lots of tattoos so it’s my summer essential. If there is water, I
    will go in it so I avoid mascara and powdered foundation. I wear MUFE aqua eyes and pass on my usual liquid liner. I also avoid MSF and powder blush because I can sweat even in the driest climate. Perhaps what makes me saddest is not accented eyebrows, without which I am not set to “11″ for my mojo.

  6. Ashley

    Do you have any recommendations for sunscreens/SPF that dry matte? I’ve searched and most leave me feeling greasy. Thanks!

  7. ilona

    Which moisturizer do you use for summer w/spf? Just curious to know what layers well with my foundation. More specifically I use MUFE HD liquid. I’ve heard of SPF creating a cast/discoloration.

    • Clarins UV Plus SPF 40, Neutrogena Dry Touch, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream (or Lotion) for Face!

      For white casts, if you have no issues with chemical sunscreens, those will help eliminate them, and sometimes higher-end products do so better, because they are finer particles. Generally, white casts should only show up with flash photography – because the light is reflecting back off of the face from the SPF itself.

  8. I am looking for a good non waterproof mascara please suggest any.Non waterfroof mascara’s doesn’t hold the cruls of my lashes for long and doesn’t give much volumn

  9. Pawsha

    I only have on mascara and lipstick. I love the sun and now I’m all tan :)

  10. I have to go for long-wearing foundation in the summer, because my face sweats like crazy. Rimmel 25 Hour has been working wonders so far!

  11. Erica

    I really want to say I change my makeup routine in summer, but I really don’t. I do the same thing, same foundation, same powder, pretty much same routine.

  12. Mikaela

    Using SPF daily is totally a must for me. I change foundation to tinted moisturizer and use cream blushers and more cream products in general.. :) Also I can notice that the bright lipsticks have been taking over..

  13. “tinted moisturizer over regular liquid foundation”?
    isn’t the other way around? hmm…

    • I am sorry for the above silly comment! When I saw it published I realized what I’ve written! 8/
      During summer at a daily base usually I opt for gel moisturizers, La Roche-Posay Anthelios tinted sunscreen of spf50 and a bronzer! =)

    • alicia

      i think she meant she’ll choose the moisturizer instead of the foundation

  14. I actually wear more makeup because i have more time to do different looks. I use my MUFE face and body foundation more in the summer because it’s lightweight, and i dont use mac paint pots a lot because on me they crease with the heat. for the beach i only use waterproof liner and mascara.

  15. Natalie

    I try to make things a LOT lighter! I usually only will use a tinted moisturizer instead of a foundation, unless I have a big event such as a wedding. I also like to use cream blush since it stays on longer when I sweat. I keep everything else pretty much the same – usually a light pink lip with a ton of mascara. I sunless tan during the summer, so once I’m dark enough, I do let a little loose with all my bronzers and highlighters!

  16. Saffy

    Christine, do you have any favourite matte sunscreens that work well under make-up?

  17. Yes! In the winter, I slather on thick cream because I have very dry skin. My foundation is also more full coverage and creamy. In the summer, I like to wear tinted moisturizer and gel-based moisturizer underneath. For makeup, I veer towards shimmery peaches and golds.

  18. Joani

    I love summer. My routine changes in that I only wear tinted moisturizer over a light bit of whatever serum I am currently using, then just one of my Chanel lipglosses and mascara.

  19. Monique

    I live in South Florida, so I don’t change my make-up during the summer. I always use tinted moisturizers with SPF. If I go to the beach, NO MAKE UP for me.

  20. Stephanie

    Christine, which sunscreen do you use? I don’t know any that dry matt…

  21. Joey

    I still keep it pretty simple but i tend to reach for more cream products.

    What really changes is the skin care. I go from using 4-5 products on a daily basis to using just a cleanser at night.

  22. Holly

    Hey Christine, I’m on the look out for a facial SPF, and would that dries matte is a plus. Which cream do you use/recommend? Thank you!

  23. Chris

    I avoid using full-coverage or heavy liquid foundations and use tinted moisturizers or powder foundations instead. I also put more shine control powder on the t-zone than in the winter.

    Christine, could you share some good sunscreens you use on a regular basis?

    • These are ones I like a lot – Clarins UV Plus SPF 40, Neutrogena Dry Touch, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream (or Lotion) for Face

  24. Yasmin

    I wear mostly concealer & mineral powder during the summer, and if I want more coverage I will use a tinted moisturizer (all by Laura Mercier). I also will use more bronzers & brighter coral cheeks/lips. Been loving Tarte blush in Blissful & MAC lipstick in Ravishing! I also set my makeup w/ Urban Decay’s All Nighter spray, which I love! As for eyes, I opt for a nude liner on my waterline & keep eyeshadows minimal :)

  25. Diane

    I lighten up on my eyeshadow colors.,

  26. Sarah

    Yay, my question! :)

    Obviously, I wear makeup less often during the summer-I’ll opt for just some sunblock if going to the beach, pool, or water park.

    I’ve never understood why people wear cream products in the summer; for me, it just feels like it’s slipping and sliding all over the place! Powder products all the way, for lessened oil and more staying power!

    I’ve never been a huge fan of tinted moisturizers, but my newly discovered love for BB creams may take center stage when I want optimum coverage this summer.

    Less eye shadow, too. :)

  27. Em

    I wear a lighter layer of foundation. Since my face gets red easily in the heat, I don’t wear much blush. I wear more bronzer and I’m braver when it comes to color eyeshadows.

  28. Maribeth

    Yes I try to tone it down ie tinted SPF moisturizer (Laura Mercier oil free in Sand) I’ve also been using the LM “Creme Glow” new from the Portofino collection then dust with LM transparent setting powder and learned today I’ll have to put away my Estee Lauder cream shadows they look too glossy now for summer. I’ve been using Smashbox Softbox a lot these summer days for a soft neutral look. Also using light lippies specifically Nars Dolce Vita. It’s been 95 degrees here in Maryland these past few days.

  29. Brie

    Usually it doesn’t change too much… I go for a very light dusting of SPF 15 Laura Mercier mineral powder over top of Smashbox Photo Finish Light. This summer, in place of powder blush, I’ll probably invest in either a creme blush or cheek stain. Also, I might dabble in using some brighter/more colorful eyeshadow looks on weekends. Can’t wait to receive my Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer palette that I ordered so I can experiment! Does anyone have a recommendation for a good creme or stain to use as a summer blusher (Other than Tarte cheek stains, which I had an allergic reaction to)?

  30. Yumi

    summer: tm/mineral foundation
    winter: liquid
    for some reason tm’s look terrible on me in the winter so it’s the only time i can wear them… and liquid foundations don’t work on me in summer cuz my face is in overdrive with the oilness!

  31. Ana

    It depends if it is for a beach day or normal.
    But I always wear SPF in the summer, and I also will wear a powder so I don’t get shiny because of the sunscreen. I don’t usually wear foundation, but I get a darker color concealer for summer. Eye wise I still wear mascara, but I usually use cream eyeshadow or a paint pot because its one step and easy. Apart from that its all the same!

  32. Lauryn

    I find that i push back the darker richer shadows in favor of lighter less “wintery” ones. the bronzes, greys etc. Out come the brighter blues, greens etc.. I never wear liquid foundation for daily wear.. I use MAC Studio Fix powder. However, i wear moisturizer with SPF every day all year round. I trade out lipsticks for either lip balms with SPF or mac’s SunTints, i had gotten a stash of those the last time around and also from Surf Baby.

  33. Evelyn

    My change is to wear less makeup – I can use any primer and with the trek through the sweltering subways here I just sweat things off.

  34. I use a lot less makeup in the summer! Normally I break out the entire traincase to get ready every morning. Full on facial makeup, eye, and light gloss. For summer though, all the products I use can fit into a travel bag. Just my tinted moisturizer, setting powder, blush, fix+, one eyeshadow palette for my nude e/s and eyebrow finisher, and mascara. Oh & my skin prep work like my under-eye circle minimizer and de-puffer. That’s about all I use for summer because I like to keep it basic, almost looking like a natural glow :)

    Plus I don’t feel so heavy during the hot days!

  35. Shalimar

    I basically make the gradual switch over to mineral makeup. I prime then apply the mineral makeup. Easier for me. Or I will use a tinted sunscreen of some sort.

  36. Alison

    I switch to Prep + Prime Face Protect Spf 50 from my usual SPF moisturizer. I use a light liquid foundation and a touch of bronzer. I also lighten up the eye makeup and add a hint of summery colour to my lash line.

  37. Amanda O

    I really like Eucerin Everyday Protection. The Face Lotion is SPF 30 and the Body is SPF 15. Both are super light and go on easily, which i really love (it helps I do some work with their team so we have it around the office). You should definitely try them!

  38. courtneyseaa

    I find myself not putting too much makeup on during the summer! im loving Maybellines FitMe foundation right now, which feels like a tinted moisturizer, but it has spf19 so i don’t have to worry about layering on sunscreen!! I also haven’t felt the need to put on eyeliner or heavy mascara like i normally do in the winter!