Summer Beauty Essentials: Meltproof, Budgeproof, Smudgeproof

This summer has been one for the record books. It has been so insanely hot and humid, making our beauty routine that much more challenging.  Quite frankly, I’m ready for cooler weather. Carla has been sitting cool and calm in Seattle where the weather is quite mild, but even she had a moment when it (gasp!) got in the high 80s. It’s bad when that sounds refreshing, right?!  To help get us through the dog days of summer, we’ve both been relying on products that meet the “Meltproof, Budgeproof, Smudgeproof” requirement.

I’ve been religiously wearing Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear for about six weeks now.  To say I’m impressed with this product is an understatement. The promise of 18-hour wear and a flawless complexion lured me in, and it lived up to its end of the bargain. The consistency is more foundation like than it is a tinted moisturizer – it’s a very thin and water-based so you need to give it a good shake before use. A little bit will cover your whole face and somehow it dries matte but doesn’t look matte. It takes on summer heat and humidity like a pro.

Bobbi Brown’s All Over Bronzing Gel is a year-on-year favorite for me. It’s very natural looking and isn’t a self tanner so it comes off when you want it to. It is almost like a bronzing stain, so I apply one section of the face at a time — my cheeks, along the jawline, a dab on the chin and anywhere else that I want a kiss of the sun. It’s pretty multipurpose, so you could even mix it in with your moisturizer and bronze up your legs! This on top of a little TM makes me feel so put together and on really disgusting days, it’s all I’ll wear to give my skin some color.

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base is unlike other eyeshadow primers. Carla and I are both really loving this. It’s white in color but goes on clear, and has a tacky, gel-like feeling that dries instantly on the eyelid. It’s the perfect base for any product – powder or cream. And my gosh, does it hold your eyeshadows in place. I put a little along my lower lashline to help hold liners and shadows and it works like a charm. The only downside is the price – it’s $24 for .26 oz.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to like Tarte MultiplEYE Natural Lash Enhancing Waterproof Mascara as much as I do. But it probably ranks as one of the best waterproof mascara I’ve  tried, and it can easily take on other beloved non-waterproof mascaras of mine. The reason I love it is two-fold. First, it gives me long, voluminous lashes that are perfectly separated. And two, because it is so easy to remove and it is nuturing to the lashes. The first time I removed it, I expected it to be flake and be difficult. But that didn’t happen – in fact, it just sort of glided off onto my cotton ball and my lashes felt conditioned. Plus, my mascara stays put in this heat. I’m hooked!

What’s your go-to for meltproof, smudgeproof, budgeproof makeup? Let us know!

We received a sample of the Tarte MultiplEYE naturally lash enhancing mascara.

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