I don’t know how it is in your country right now, but here in Tokyo, the temperatures crest past 30˚C: no doubt, summer is here!
Which is great, but for makeup. How to keep an intact makeup even with the heat and sweat? Here are some tips from a beauty expert.
1. Cleanse the skin properly
Cleansing, as mentioned in my post about the double cleanse, is part of women’s daily routine in Japan.
It is especially important to follow this protocole in summer: the heat enhances the production of sebum, which, if clogged in pores, makes the skin prone to breaking out, in addition to making your makeup fall apart.
In Japan, we have a big range of face cleansers from the most raisonnable ones in drugstores to the most premium ones in department stores. The trends are that:
- it still leaves the skin smooth and not tense while it gently cleanse it
- it contains anti-aging or nutritive ingredients to care the skin on top of cleansing it
- it not only removes the impurities but also tones the skin up, brightens it.
Here are some of the most popular ones for the 1st semester 2016, according to @cosme:
It’s not Japanese but the cleansing protocole Osmoclean from L’Institut Esthederm is some of my favorite products to use weekly to deeply but gently clean my face. The pores are effectively cleansed with the Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser and the Lightening Buffing Mask exfoliates the dead cells and does lighten the skin. No irritation is felt and the skin becomes soft.
2. Moisturize with lotion
As you may know from my post by now, the lotion is a standard product in the daily skincare in Japan.
I recommend a high use of it, especially in summer: between the heat / humidity outside and the A/C in the office, the skin gets very unstable and actually dehydrated. The dehydrated skin produces more oil to protect itself which makes your makeup slide off your face.
You may think it’s paradoxal because of the sweat and the skin feeling oily, but you do need to moisturize carefully your skin.
For best results, I recommend to hydrate well with lotion or a sheet mask to provide water to the skin. As seen in my previous post, sheet masks such as the Lululun face mask are very convenient and efficient to hydrate skin.
If you don’t have any, you can make your own mask by soaking cotton pads with lotion and leaving them on your face for 5 min. The trick is to make the cottons well saturated with lotion.
Then you still need to apply a moisturizing cream but the tip here is to use a smaller quantity to avoid excess oil.
So a lot of lotion and a fewer moisturizing cream/milk.
3. Apply your foundation with a sponge
Now that you followed the proper skincare routine, you have created a more solid base for your makeup.
If you are used to apply your foundation or BB cream with your hands or a brush, try to use a sponge instead in summer.
The sponge helps the foundation fit more closely to your skin and stay there. Apply little quantity of foundation across the T-zone where it gets more oily.
I like the sponge to be wet with water beforehand and clean of course. Smooth into skin the foundation and then pat in. That’s the trick: you need to pat to make the foundation fit the skin!
Don’t forget to clean the sponge afterwards if it is to be reused.
And finish up with powder to set your base. I recommend to apply with a puff rather than with a brush. Insist by pressing well on your forehead and around your nose, but also under the eyes for a mascara-smudge-proof result. But do not over make it to the point it looks flat and matte, which is very old fashioned.
4. Use blotting papers
Blotting papers have been used traditionally in Japan, by Maiko (apprentice geiko wearing kimoto and traditional make-up, performing music and dances) in Kyoto and then spread to a standard use by all the women. The authentic Japanese blotting papers are made with Japanese paper.
It is very efficient to absorb oil and it helps transforming a shining sweaty face to a glowing face leaving a slight sheen, during the day. And it’s easy to carry in the handbag!
5. Touch up with Facial Mist
Facial mist is something I use several times per day and all year long, to cool my skin & mind, relax, hydrate, refresh, and calm irritation.
You can use it to touch up your makeup after blotting the excess oil out. Do not forget to re-powder around the eyes or avoid that area if you don’t want your mascara to smear.
You can gently press over the face with a tissue to remove excess water after you sprayed.