5 Summer Beauty Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Makeup & Life

Wearing makeup in the summer is like, a very bold move. It can make you look like a puddle and feel like a greaseball, but if you’re like me and cannot leave the house without caking foundation on, these are just sacrifices we’re willing to make in order to look good. As much as we’d like to say “fuck it” and go au naturale (even to the beach), it’s just not happening. There are people to see and pictures to take. Putting makeup on in the summer has its perks, but boy, does it have its cons. There are def quite a few summer beauty mistakes you’re making without even realizing that are making your summer nights a real hot mess. I’m obviously going to help a sista out because I’ve been there—here are five summer beauty mistakes you just have to avoid making this summer. They’re sabotaging your makeup, your skin, and your life.

1. Wearing Liquid Foundation

Foundation in itself is usually a no-go for summertime. Since I can speak from experience, there is nothing more tempting than caking that shit on, especially when you’re trying to hide a giant zit. Ugh. However, if you must use foundation, powder foundations are a lot better to use for acne-prone skin. Heavy creams like liquid foundations can cause breakouts, clogged pores, and oily skin.

2. Attracting Mosquitoes With Moisturizer

Okay, I think we can all agree when say mosquitoes are worst party crashers EVER. Nothing pisses me off more when I’m getting to the perfect point of drunk during an ideal outside summer night than feeling ridiculously itchy because insects are literally sucking my blood. NOT. COOL. Surprisingly, your skin care routine can be to blame. Apparently, mosquitos are v attracted to ingredients like lactic acid, getyl alcohol, and citric acid, which happens to be in a lot of lotions, creams, and face masks. So read the label a little more carefully next time you shop for body lotion.

3. Increasing Your Chances of Sunburn

First, we put deodorant on, and then for a sweet-smelling touch, we spritz on perfume. You know, because unfortunately, our  bodies produce sweat when it’s 80 degrees outside. Big mistake. Huge. Spraying your fave perfume actually increases your chances for a sunburn, which is like, so not okay. So does wearing any cosmetics with citrus extract like mists or cleansers.

4. Making Your Skin Oilier

You’d think this would be a given, but for some, it’s just not. It’s never too late, I guess. I cannot stress the importance of this enough, guys, so like, remember to only use oil-free products. Fucking duh. Be sure you’re checking out what’s in your foundation, primer, blush, and bronzer so you can look sun-kissed and glowy in the right way.

5. Tanning Unevenly

I’m not just referring to remembering to flip over. There’s a reason why your front never looks as good as your back, or vice versa, and there’s a perfectly good explanation for why it fades so quickly come Labor Day. Exfoliation, my friends, is the key to a long-lasting even tan for months to come, and it’s a step we always forget. Remember to do so gently and only like, once a week (exfoliating too often can increase chances of sunburn because we can’t have nice things) with a sensitive one like Dove Body Polish Crushed Macadamia and Rice Milk. Don’t be a Ross.

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