-Exfoliate Your Face
Before makeup artist Vincent Oquendo paints the faces of his supermodel clientele, he shaves them — no, seriously. “One of my secret weapons to creating the perfect summer makeup look is to dermaplane my clients’ skin before I start makeup,” he says.
Dermaplaning exfoliates by scraping off the top layer of skin and peach fuzz with a blunt scalpel-like tool. Oquendo is a fan of the Dermaflash, but we’re loving the lo-fi Versed Instant Gratification At-Home Dermaplaning Tool lately, too. Then, he follows up with a lightweight foundation or BB cream.
-Prime, Baby, Prime
In addition to exfoliating, prepping your complexion with primer helps makeup last through brunch, a beach day, and a picnic in the park. New York City-based makeup artist Joseph Carrillo rubs in the Smashbox Oil & Shine Control Primer to stave off shine as much as he can before layering on any other base makeup.
The only tool you truly need for primer application is your fingers. After rubbing on a small, dime-to-nickel-size amount, let it sit and dry for a minute, according to Los Angeles-based makeup artist Allan Avendaño.
Walking around in 100-degree heat with sticky, stuffy humidity can do a number on a full-face beat. All the smudges, smears, and sweat — gross. To avoid the weather-worn mess, Hollywood-based makeup artist Molly R. Stern recommends lightening up your routine for the season by only reaching for what you need, like a concealer to cover shadows and spots. Dab a creamy concealer, like the Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer, under eyes and on areas of concern with a tap of a finger.
New York City makeup artist Amrita Mehta agrees. Her summer base pick is the iconic Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Concealer. The featherlight fluid blends with ease and offers ample coverage for any discoloration or blemishes.