Summer makeup, unbeknownst to many, not only should be different to our makeup used in winter in terms of colors and texture but also in terms of protection. As temperatures rise, our look changes, the palette of colors widens up and the sun provides us with a tanner and brighter skin. However, at the same time, it has also become the biggest threat to it over the last decades with temperatures rising every year. The time to shelve your cashmere sweaters and break out your sundresses has arrived. But guess what? Your beauty routine could use a similar seasonal overhaul! Now that the temperatures are rising, save the heavy textures and dark colors for the fall, and make “lighter and brighter” your summertime mantra. Here’s how.
Choose a multitasking moisturizer.
Sunscreen is extremely important year round, but in the warmer months, the UV index is higher (meaning you’ll burn and rack up sun damage easier and faster), so it’s an absolute must to wear it every day. That means, if you haven’t been wearing it every day in the winter, now is the time to commit. The easiest way to do that? Pick a day cream with built-in SPF, so that you’re protecting and hydrating in one easy step. We love Avon NutraEffects Radiance Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20, which contains the great-for-skin superfood, chia seed.
Add a primer.
Humid weather can cause even the best makeup to do a disappearing act after just a few steamy hours. To keep yours intact and going strong, longer, always apply a primer. Avon MagiX Face Perfector provides a smooth base for makeup, then works to fight shine all day long, keeping skin matte—and makeup flawless.
Swap out your foundation.
Heavy, full-coverage foundations can look and feel, well, heavy during the warmer months. Instead, try a lighter, more seasonally-appropriate product such as tinted moisturizer or BB cream. We love Avon Ideal Flawless BB Beauty Balm Cream. (Big bonus: It comes packed with SPF, too!)
Go for a waterproof mascara.
Pool time and beach days are obviously not kind to mascara. But even run-of-the-mill sweaty days can cause it to run, smear, or smudge. To avoid a raccoon-eye situation, opt for a good waterproof formula. Avon Big & Daring Waterproof Mascara creates thick, dramatic lashes that really stay put through rain, swimming, or humid afternoons.
Play with a bright lipcolor.
Dark berry or deep red shades of lipstick are beautiful—but they look a little more at-home in the wintertime. Instead, try a bold, playful shade like hot pink or bold coral. Not only are brights huge for the season, but they’re an instant pick-me-up, adding a fun pop of color to your look from the moment you swipe them on.
Upgrade your sunscreen.
During the chilly months, you can often get away with skipping body sunscreen. (After all, you’re usually covered head to toe in long-sleeves and pants!) Not so, in the summer when legs, arms, and shoulders are almost always on full display. The Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Collection is the ultimate summer protection. To protect you in more ways than one, Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Gentle Breeze SPF 30 Lotion shields skin from the sun and repels nasty bugs—including those that can carry the Zika virus.
Spritz on a summery fragrance.
Deep, heavy scents can be overwhelming in the summer, especially when the weather is hot. Instead, look for light fragrances with soft, fresh notes like fruit or citrus. Our pick: Avon Prima Eau de Parfum, which blends summery notes of crisp bergamot and juicy plum with its feminine floral base.