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summer survival guide : part 2

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from the looks of the weather forecasts for the rest of the week, it looks like things are going to be heating up! what better time, then, to continue with the second installment of our summer survival guide (for those of you who missed it, part 1 can be found here). today, we shift our attention from hair to makeup. during the summertime, the sudden change in temperature will usually incite a reactionary change in our daily makeup routines. in order to beat the heat (and to avoid any melting maquillage), nuBest makeup artist Anna Naso has a few helpful pointers:

1. although it's important to protect yourself against the sun all year round, it's especially imperative to set up with spf on these sweltering summer days. Anna recommends dermalogica's super sensitive faceblock. this chemical-free sunblock is spf 30, and is comprised of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which will make skin impervious to the sun's harsh UVA and UVB rays. furthermore, the formula is infused with soothing lavender and green tea, which makes it an ideal option for those of you who are prone to irritation from other sunblocks on the market.

2. primer is key! Anna has already extolled sonya dakar's pore minimizer as her go-to primer. primer should be applied after moisturizer, but before any foundation or concealer.

3. ditch the heavy-duty foundation. no matter the outdoor activity, the last thing you want to worry about is your thick, dense foundation slipping and sliding off your face. when the warm weather picks up, it's best to switch to a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer. at the nuBest makeup center, we offer our very own mineral sheer tint (pictured below). this particular product, armed with spf 20, goes on smoothly and provides you with sufficient coverage, yet it doesn't seep into your pores when challenged by the humidity and heat.

4. this one's a bit of a no-brainer: switch to waterproof mascara. whether you're swimming laps in the pool or taking a dip in the ocean, waterproof mascara is the only way to make a splash without sacrificing your commitment to beauty. because, let's face it, having smudgy black streaks running down your face is never a good look!

5. keep the number of items in your summer makeup bag to a minimum. go for multi-functional makeup (i.e. a cream blush that doubles up as a highlighter, or a lip stain that can be dabbed on the cheeks to create a flushed, rosy complexion). when it comes to the summer, a less-is-more attitude is always preferred; the same rule applies to your beauty routine. on a related note, you should opt for cream or gel blush and eyeshadow, as opposed to their powder counterparts, because their texture and consistency allows for less smudging and caking.

what changes will you be making to your daily beauty routine this summer? are there any other tips/products that you swear by? let us know what you think, and keep your eyes peeled for the next part in our summer survival guide series!

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