1. USE a primer. You won’t regret the few seconds it will take to smooth on a primer, which goes on after moisturizer but before face makeup. Primer provides a smooth base and helps with your pores for whatever goes on next. Primers are definitely the way to go in summer they’re incredibly light — they don’t feel at all like a heavy, additional layer — and they really help hold makeup in place. Some to try are MAC’s skin base primer or Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light.
2. Less is more. Just as you switch to breezy skirts and linen blouses, dress your face with lighter makeup. Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer. These sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days. Feeling a little too exposed? brush powder foundation over the tinted moisturizer in spots where you need a little extra coverage — say, on blemishes or areas of redness around your nose. Some to try are Hourglass tinted moisturizer (My personal favorite) and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.
3. Bronze Beauty. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. To keep the results looking fresh and natural apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply. Another essential for keeping it real: a brush with long, loose, fluffy bristles — anything densely packed will deposit too much color. Don’t forget to sweep a little bronzer onto your neck and earlobes, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a ponytail. Some to try are Nars laguna bronzer, MAC compact bronzer in refined golden.