It’s heating up outside.
Sure, that means more fun outdoors and cold treats. But Summer has its downfalls too. Am I the only one who experiences eye makeup meltdowns? Maybe the more correct term would be, eye makeup melt-offs! You know what I mean. You find yourself taking a double take in the mirror because you’re confronted with your no-makeup lookalike twin. Not to mention, it’s not even noon yet! Frightening!
There’s no need to fear, dear one.
The next 5 steps will show you some of my favorite beauty finds for keeping summer eye makeup right where it’s intended — on your eyes.
Staying Power 1 of 8
Step 1: Apply Primer 2 of 8
Primers aren't a pointless step for adding time to your makeup routine. They really do serve a purpose. Applying primer to eyelids could be likened to applying base coat to a manicure. Both are necessary in maintaining longer results. Plus a little goes a long way — that means the dollars too!
Crave: Prime Time Eyelid Primer; $18
Save: Eye Primer and Liner Sealer; $3
Or Use Concealer 3 of 8
Using concealer can substitute for a primer, almost just as effectively. Be wary of using foundation, or your eyelids will become an overly moisturized slip-in-slide — so long eyeshadow! WHEE!
Crave: Make Up Forever Lift Concealer; $25 (also fabulous for hiding dark under-eye circles)
Step 2: Use Cream Shadows 4 of 8
For a long time, I always used compact shadows. Then I tried cream shadows and saw the light! A waterproof formula helps keep shadow looking fresh from sunup to sundown. You can even use loose or compact shadows in conjunction — giving them a little something extra to stick to. Plus, the primer (from step 1) acts as additional back up!
Crave: Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow; $20
Save: CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast Eye Shadow; $6
Step 3: Apply Liner 5 of 8
Step 4: Set With Powder 6 of 8
Any powder, bronzer, or even blush, will help set a finished look. I prefer bareMineral's Mineral Veil (see link below) as an extra layer of hold, for eyes as well as face makeup. It addition to staying power, it won't change the colors of any makeup already applied.
Crave: bareMinerals Mineral Veil; $20
Save: Maybelline Mineral Power Powder; $9
Step 5: Apply Water Resistant Mascara 7 of 8
By this stage in the game, mascara takes home the trophy for finishing the look. Water-resistant vs. waterproof — is there a difference? Yes, yes, there is. Water-resistant stays on just as well as waterproof; but is easier to remove when it's time to do so. That'll save you unnecessary huffing and puffing and your lashes from unwanted breakage.
Crave: pop beauty Lash Extension Mascara; $19
Effective Remover 8 of 8