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My summer beauty routine

Can we all be corny and scream this together? "Ang iniiiiiiit!" (It's so hot!). According to PAG-ASA we're not officially into summer just yet, so the intense heat and humidity that we're experiencing now is no more than a prelude. Crikey. I have already made adjustments to my beauty routine to accommodate summer, and if you're planning to do the same, here are a few tips!

You need to keep only two things in mind: go lighter and go higher. 


Slather on higher SPF. Since the heat is more intense, it pays to use products with better protection. SPF30 is a good starting point but if you're out longer than four to five hours, SPF50 is a better number for both your face and body. 

I like the VMV Hypoallergenics Armada (both for body and face), Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 and Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40. For drugstore, Sunplay is a great liquid sunscreen to try. :) Nivea makes great ones as well.

Wear lighter-textured foundation. I'm a huge liquid foundation fan but in this weather it just melts right off! Even if it doesn't, no matter how expensive the brand is, it still ends up feeling heavy and mask-like due to the humidity. So now I try to avoid liquid foundations, even BB creams, as they are quite uncomfortable when worn from 12 noon to 4pm.

This isn't to say that I'll never wear liquid foundation this summer. I will if I need the coverage and staying power, but if not then something light it is. 

What I prefer to use during the day are powder foundations. They feel less stifling and are easy to retouch when they start to fade. I highly recommend the Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire (it has SPF30), Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle Foundation (SPF35),  Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF15, and Bare Minerals loose powder foundation (which I have yet to review).

Should you wear primer? Yes if you're really oily and need something to make your makeup stay on longer. As for me, I'm not a fan, and I don't really mind retouching my face makeup.

Lip butters for the win. Tinted lip products are a godsend this summer. They are lighter than wax lipsticks, are more moisturizing, and some of them even have SPF. They allow the lips to breathe! I love the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm, but if you don't want to splurge there are a lot of great alternatives from Lip Ice, Body Shop, and Nivea.

Nivea Fruity Shine Lip Balm

I also love the MAC Suntints SPF20 Liquid Lip Balm in Au Rosé as it has, well, SPF20. The color is a lovely subtle pink with gold flecks.

Happy colors make for a great summer. Dark fabrics absorb heat better than light ones so avoid those for the sake of practicality more than anything else. As for makeup, bright and/or pastel eyeshadow and lipstick are du jour. Yes I know it's often too hot to wear makeup beyond the basics, but it's fun to do so for a special event or if you're just bored with your look.

Shiseido Luminizing Eye Color Trio in RD299

For 2013 spring-summer, pastels are the new brights. Shimmery, dainty shades are fashionable for the eyes and lips. The look is cool and ladylike at the same time - not too heavy really so it is applicable in our weather. 

Artdeco Butterfly Dreams palette (out now!)

Go for liquid or gel eyeliners instead of pencil. Lately, I have been exclusively using liquid eyeliners since they fare better in this weather. Pencils have high wax content so they tend to melt then smudge in the heat! The K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner is my favorite liquid eyeliner of all time. ALL time. This doesn't smudge or budge once it's on, but it's easy to wash off. It also doesn't weigh down on the lids so it doesn't feel like anything when worn.

Be retouch ready. Always bring oil absorbent sheets and a bottle of face mist! These two things will keep your face and decolletage fresh during the day. I love the Evian Facial Spray but if you want something with a bit of citrusy scent the MAC Mineralized Charged Water is worth checking out.

Smell light, feel light. Floral, citrus, aqua, and green scents are in for summer - just make sure they don't have a heavy musk, wooden, or oriental base. Heavy perfumes tend to smell off under the heat; the heat intensifies the oil in the fragrance and messes up with your normal body scent. So avoid those if you're doing out during the day! Perfumes (highest concentration) and EDPs are not recommended.

An EDT spray hits the spot but do consider colognes and body sprays. They don't last as long, true, but they have a lower chance of smelling different as the day progresses. Try the Benetton Bianco Woman to ward off amoy araw and Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Cherry Blossom EDT for a girly fresh smell.

So there you go! That's my summer beauty routine. If time permits, I'll show you a tutorial for a summer look. ;) What's your routine this season? Did you change or plan to change anything?

Reader Comments (11)

I go for tinted moisturizers nowadays instead of my usual bb cream, but you're absolutely right that we must up the spf rating for the summer. I'll probably try Snoe Poudre and maybe get a couple of lip tints/butters.

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

haaay very informative liz, how about for the kilay whats your recommendation? i tend to keep my makeup in the ref kasi ang sarap ng feeling ng malamig sa face pag nilagay mo! i wear bath and body works twisted peppermint to ward off the heat. i used to wear snoe bb cream for sun protection pero naubos na siya. my only form of sunprotection comes from my beauche face cream

for the lips i wear chapstick un candy cane flavor kasi super lamig and fresh siya . btw speaking of sun protection, sayang sold out na ang samples sa sampleroom para don sa nivea spray sun protection, i read it has cooling properties !

i suggest that you also use a good heat protectant sa hair

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

This is a really nice post! From skincare to scent! *claps* Mine's basically the same. I hate how my skin would react if the weather is too hot or too cold. I always get rashes and skin allergies! Huhu. So I just try to stick to my skincare routine and rotate the products every once in a while. I'm religious about applying sunscreen, I'm not so much into makeup and I seldom go out so it's not so much of a hassle. But if it's really humid I just use baby powder so I won't look sweaty or oily naman. Haha. And I always bring a fan w/ me! For scent, I use balms parin. I get the sniffles when I use colognes and perfumes. Even the most light-scented ones!

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

I'm not changing anything just yet in my routine because when I go to work it's still dark outside and when I come home, it's already dark so I barely feel the heat outside of the office. Looking forward to your summer look tutorial Ms Liz!

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I love reading these types of posts! Have yet to try out some of the products on this list. <3

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

Thank you for the tips! This came at the right time bec I've just given up on my Maybelline Baby Lips. It's just not doing its job very well.

And yes, I do plan to skip steps in my regular makeup routine, maybe just powder and tinted lipbalm and be done with it :)

March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLysha

Yes, sasabayan kita, ang init! Yesterday was a prickling 36 degrees.
Lately I have just been putting on sun screen, Ben Nye, and chubby stick. And of course, eyebrows pala :)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTin

I just got Sunplay SPF 130. It sounds so extreme, but I'm just trying to be on the safe side. I haven't tried it out yet, and I'm praying it won't be too sticky. :(

A contoured eye is still part of my summer makeup palette, but I plan to stick to lighter colors with shimmer. Something along the lines of rose and gold vs. the traditional blacks and grays for a smokey eye. The light lip glosses are also coming out to play. I'm so used to them that I don't get bothered with any stickiness, despite the summer heat.

I was OBSESSED with Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea a while back, but I've since grown to like more citrusy scents.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatromao

I'm going for cologne or floral/powder-scented body mists this summer. When I wear perfume whose scent has good staying power, it no longer smells flattering at the end of the day in my observation. I'll also try the Nivea Body Serum when I finish my Vaseline Sunblock.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

the sunplay spf though its quite expensive and knowing the container were really small,it really works for me,so with that it's really a two thumbs up for me. On the other hand Liz, just want to ask if where exactly you can grab that evian facial spray? because I keep searching for that one but still failed. nice post by the way Liz. :)

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheenee

Too bad, my schedule only eases up at the end of may when summer is about to be over. Boo!
the sunplay are so miniature in person. ha-ha! i was surprise because they seem bigger in pictures and in ads.
i love the beach hut spf 100, the tony moly UV sunset with spf 50. The VMV armada didnt work for me, I tend to be a greaseball with it and my sweat with white tinge, it just wasn't compatible with me. I still use my BB cream but with the spf of 50 like the etude sun BB and the Laneige BB cushion.
I'm getting really curious with the snoe powder, and i like that it has spf. Will try this soon.

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

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