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Keeping Your Cool in…Autumn?!?

We’re not going to beat around the bush here, friends. It is hot as heck out there, and in honour – ok honour might not be the best word to use – we are bringing back a favourite post from last summer. Actually, this post was from last spring! May 31st to be exact, so what is going on?


Anyway, last May, when it was already pretty hot, before the summer even got started, we ran a wee series of posts we called our Summer Style Survival guide. In post #3, cheekily called “Summer Style Part III: Makeup Tips for When it Feels Like We’re Living on the Surface of the Sun” we offered tips and tricks for keeping your makeup on and remaining as fresh looking as possible under the circumstances. Who knew we’d be referring to it this year in the very last week of September? Yet here we are.


So with that little introduction, we present a recycled post that is ridiculously relevant today, and we hope it helps just a bit:


Welcome back to the blog! We hope everyone had a great weekend.


We had originally planned to move on from the Summer Style Survival series, and give you something new and exciting, but this hot weather just will not let up, and it’s all we can think about, really. So we have decided to keep this train a-runnin’. Today we are bringing you Part III in the series – Hot Weather Makeup Tips.


As much as it’s easy to say “Step one: don’t bother wearing makeup. End of tutorial.” we all know that just isn’t an option – nor should it be! If you’re a person who enjoys wearing makeup whether on a daily basis, or more exclusively for special occasions, it’s not something you necessarily want to give up, just because the weather is conspiring against you. And, just like with your hair, there are ways to weatherproof your makeup look…you just have to know the tricks. That’s where we – and our trusty helper websites and magazines – come in!


“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity…”
We here in southern Ontario are no strangers to THAT sentiment, that’s for sure. If we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard that right?! As cliche as it sounds, there is a lot of truth to this. Humidity can really do a number on our whole system, so it’s not as eye rolly as it sounds to complain about the excess moisture in the air when the temperatures rise. That sticky, uncomfortable feeling when the Humidex is way up there is just no fun at all, and when the makeup you’re applying is sweating off as it’s going on…well is there anything more frustrating?


Lighten Up!
It’s tempting when you see that shine come through on your face, to double up on foundation and powder to keep it all in place and looking immaculate. But here’s the thing to keep in mind: nature always wins. It’s true! Sweating, while annoying when it ruins your makeup, is the way your body keeps its cool, and nothing aside from constant air conditioning and/or not moving ever, is going to change that during the summer. But sweatproof – or at least sweat resistant – makeup IS possible.


From our research, the consensus seems to be that prepping your skin with a primer is the best way to keep makeup from sliding off your face during a heatwave. Primers lay the foundation for foundation (sorry) and help reduce shine.


Good coverage, light, and SPF – perfect for summer!

Foundation, if you use it, should be applied with a light touch, and one of the best on the market for summer is Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer. Light but long-lasting, and SPF 15 to boot for extra sun protection.


Powder can be a good way to set your foundation or tinted moisturizer, but watch out for clumping if you are powdering a sweaty face. We’ve all been there, trust. The good people at Buzzfeed give us the straight goods on keeping your makeup from sliding off your face this summer, including the proper way to apply powder! Check out their Twenty-One Ways to Sweat-Proof Your Makeup for tips and how-to videos.


Even with all best efforts, sometimes sweat happens. Lots of beauty bloggers and fashionistas recommend keeping oil blotting papers on hand for just such a situation. These can be great, but when it’s 30+C for much of the summer, that’s a pretty big investment for something you’re going to dispose of as soon as you use it. Definitely shop around for papers that work for you, but consider the ol’ DIY approach if you’re trying to save a few bucks (or if you’re stuck in a shiny emergency!)


Actual tissue paper:

You know, the kind people use in gift bags! Have some left from the holidays? Cut a sheet or two into smaller sizes and you’re good to go. (For real, your blogger tried this and it actually works!)


Toilet seat covers:

Um, what? Well, If you’re in a public restroom that dispenses these, give it a try. Basically, they are also tissue paper, so that’s likely the reason they’re useful for this beauty hack. The jury is out on this, to be honest, but if you’re willing to test drive one, let us know!


Starbucks napkins:

Okaaaay… Apparently, these are good at blotting as well – but only the brown ones, and only Starbucks. Pick up your morning latte or Americano, and grab an extra napkin for the car/your purse. Again, let us know what you think if you give this strategy a go.


Lots more ideas, tips, and tricks at the websites below, and if YOU have any great ideas for summer beauty, please do let us know in the comments!


See you Friday, friends. Wishing you a sweat-free rest of the week!


Beat the Heat Summer Makeup – Free Spirit Salon


10 Ways to Sweat-Proof the Heck Out of Your Summer Beauty Routine – Glamour


The Rules of Wearing Makeup in 100-Degree Weather –


So there you have it!


Full disclosure: as much as we at the Willow Salon blog are into reducing, reusing, and recycling, we are not going to get in the habit of recycling old posts on a regular basis, just so you know. This one just spoke to us, given this extended summer and the current heatwave. And, let’s face it, our brains might be a little bit poached after a record-breaking temperature weekend.


The good news is the relief is coming, and before we know it we’ll be talking tips to keep makeup from freezing on your face! Ah yes, like true Canadian residents, we’re always pining for the season we’re not currently experiencing…so typical!


So enjoy the rest of the week, friends. Stay as cool as possible, and we’ll talk to you again on Friday.

This article was posted in Makeup, Seasonal, Skin.
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