Keeping Your Makeup From Melting and Other Hot Weather Celebrity Tricks of the Trade

I rarely get to work with makeup artist Chanty LaGrana, but when I do, I know it’s going to be a good day.  I know my facial features will be enhanced and perfected to the point where it would be impossible to not feel pretty.  This woman has a sweet soul, a calming demeanor and a gift when it comes to artfully applying makeup. No wonder why she’s an Emmy Award winning makeup artist!

Since Summer is in full swing, I asked Chanty what we can do to look our best when the temperatures start to soar.

Q: Hot weather can make you sweat and make your T-zone super shiny… are there any products that can prevent this?

A: I recommend using NYX Shine Killer.  It’s a great product that helps with shine during hot days and warm Summer nights.  It should be applied before foundation or tinted moisturizer.  It will help you maintain a matte finish for hours. 

Q: Is there anything you can do to stop your mascara from ending up under your eyes?

A: When it’s really hot outside, I recommend using waterproof mascara.  It will keep you from getting those smudges under your eyes that can make you look crazy!  One of my favorites is Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara.  If that’s too pricey, try Rimmel London.  It’s a lot less, but still gives you a bold look that stays put all day.

Q: When it’s hot outside, I find myself constantly re-applying my blush because it “mysteriously” disappears. Is there anything I can do to make it last longer?

A: Switching to a gel blush will help because gels last longer and don’t just sit on your skin like a powder blush.  My favorite is Julie Hewett Los Angeles Cheekie.  It’s not only for your cheeks, but also for your lips!

Q: When it’s hot outside, the last thing you want to do is put foundation on your face.  It can feel heavy and there is always the fear of it melting down your face.  Is there a lighter product that you can use that still gives you coverage?

A: Instead of wearing a heavy makeup foundation, I would recommend switching to a tinted moisturizer.  My favorite one right now is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.  It’s oil free, but still has enough pigment to cover up any blemishes.  

Q: Southern California typically has really hot and dry Summers, what can you do to keep your lips moisturized and bump up their color?

A: Lip-gloss and tinted lip balms are best on hot days. My favorite lips balms are Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm.  They nourish your lips and keep them from drying out and with so many pretty colors to choose from, it’s easy to find one (or two!) that you’ll like. 

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