Beat the Heat Summer Makeup

We all love Summer, but we certainly don’t harbor friendly feelings toward the heat and humidity constantly out to kill our beauty game. Fortunately, we have a few useful tips and tricks for making the most of warm weather.

 1.     Start With Skincare 

Just because your skin isn’t dry and flaky this time of year doesn’t mean you should stop handling with care. The excess oil on your skin generally doesn’t happen because your skin is making more oil—it happens because the high levels of moisture in the air keep liquids from evaporating properly (we’re looking at you, Georgia humidity).

That being said, unless your skin is particularly dry, we do recommend switching to a gel or foam cleansing formula, which will soak up the oil left on your skin better than a cream or oil-based cleanser. Try Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser (for normal skin) or Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser (for acne-prone skin).

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Last but certainly not least, don’t be afraid of moisturizer—or sunscreen. Keeping skin balanced and protected will help ensure that your skin doesn’t dry out and compensate by launching into oil overdrive. And most importantly, SPF will keep skin healthy and beautiful for years to come.

2.     Stick to Liquid Formulas

While your instinct may be to spring for powder so as to control the dreaded summer shine, powder formulas have a tendency to clump and cake when faced with out-of-control humidity.

Instead, swap your heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer. Aveda Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer comes in 7 shades designed to suit both warm and cool-toned skin. It’s super lightweight, but will leave skin smooth and even. If you need more coverage, try adding a dense concealer to problem areas.

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If you can’t quit powder, skip the full coverage and instead brush a very light, colorless powder across your T-Zone. Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Loose Powder provides luminous, sheer coverage without weighing you down. And most importantly, if you go the powder route, never mix with a liquid formula. Anyone who’s ever swiped a liquid highlighter over their powder foundation knows just how scary the results can be. (It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “earning your stripes,” trust us.)

3. Spring for Sheer Lip Color

Lip gloss and heavier lip stains often run in the heat, so opt for a sheer dash of color that stays put. Plus, who wants to add goopy gloss when you’re already waging a war against face shine? We’re obsessing over Aveda’s Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color, which comes in enough shades to suit any skin tone or style.


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Our favorites for summer are Sheer Peony, a poppy shade just right for bright summer looks, and Sheer Clover, a barely-there ballet pink that will have everyone wondering if it’s just there naturally. Best of all, both can be applied on-the-go—because who has time to linger in front of a mirror when you’re dashing from poolside hangouts to rooftop cocktails? 

If you can’t resist the pull of your signature bold red lip, make sure you use a lip liner to keep it in place. Aveda’s Nourish-Mint line delivers here, too: their colorless Lip Definer smooths, defines, and primes lips, extending wear and preventing feathering. It can be used with gloss or lipstick of any shade and plumps lips over time. Cannot. Resist.

4. Select Cream or Liquid Eye Makeup

The liquid and cream rule applies here, too. Aveda Color Options Eye Shadow Transformer can transform your powder eye shadows into a cream or a vibrant liquid liner—meaning you can do the powder-to-liquid swap without compromising your bank account. Liquid formulas won’t budge or crease in the heat and can be more easily reapplied than powder. Check out this video to learn how to maximize this wonder product (Hint: you can even use it to help fill in your brows.)


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We’ve even mixed a little with earth-toned and nude shadows to create a bronzy highlighter. Just don’t overdo!



Though it’s currently unimaginable, we all know we’ll miss the sun and warmth in four short months. Soak it up!



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