Six Beauty Shortcuts
1. You Want: Smooth, Even Skin
Skip the heavy foundation. "In summer your face already has a nice dewiness," says Gretchen Monahan, style expert on TV's Bravo Channel and Rachael Ray Show. To lighten up, blend equal parts face lotion and foundation in the palm of one hand, then press both palms together and apply the mixture like moisturizer. Get even better staying power by combining base one-to-one with water-resistant sunscreen. "The viscosity ensures it won't slip off," says Monahan. We like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid ($27.50, drugstores), a water-resistant matte formula with broad-spectrum protection.
2. You Want: Melt-Proof Makeup
Opt for feather-light formulations (the less makeup you put on, the less you have to worry about it sliding around). "In steamy weather, you'll sweat through most makeup, even powders," says Meredith Baraf, a makeup artist for Victoria's Secret. Her advice: Switch to tinted moisturizer, or simply disguise any discoloration with a concealer or stick foundation. Try Prescriptives AnyWear Multi-Purpose Makeup Stick SPF 15 ($35, department stores) — it comes with two minis you can keep handy in your purse and desk. To enhance lashes without smudges, use waterproof mascara, or try Clarins Double Fix' Mascara Waterproofing Seal ($21, department stores), which forms a clear, watertight seal over your favorite brand. If you're fair or just a low-maintenance gal, lash tints safely darken eyelashes for up to four days, even through showers and swims. (However, they won't add volume or length.) Try Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain ($18, Sephora). On lips, try a sheer stain, such as CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain ($7.29, drugstores). Dab away excess shine with blotting paper or a tissue. "Face powder can look cakey on sweaty skin," says Nicky Kinnaird, founder of Space NK beauty shops in the U.S. and England.
3. You Want: To Fake a Tan — Fast
Brush on a believable shade of bronze. "Pick a color within a couple of shades of your skin tone," says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. If you're fair, try a tan shade with peach tones like Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Pressed Bronzer in Fair to Light ($15, drugstores), which has vitamins and moisturizers designed to enhance your color. If you're medium-toned, go for caramels like Victoria's Secret VS Liquid Bronzing Brush in Light to Medium ($22, Victoria's Secret), a gel bronzer with a built-in brush. For already-tanned or brown skin, choose a deeper bronze: Lorac Tantalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer SPF 15 ($28, Sephora) can be applied wet or dry, depending on the color intensity you're after. "Use a big, fluffy brush to apply the color around the perimeter of your face, then work it in toward the center," says Roncal, who recommends adding a touch of blush on cheeks.