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Best of Beauty: The best long-wear makeup to beat the heat

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, Truly Matte Pore Minimizing Serum and Truly Matte Hydra-Matte Lotion
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, Truly Matte Pore Minimizing Serum and Truly Matte Hydra-Matte Lotion
Sonja Shin

Summer heat and humidity does a number on makeup as this Examiner was reminded upon moving from cool San Francisco to balmy St. Louis a few years ago. What works great in one climate fails miserably in a St. Louis summer. So we learned to make some adjustments and now our makeup is virtually foolproof once again. This Examiner shared tips and recommendations on Fox 2 News in St. Louis. Here is the video and below the video are more details on recommendations.

Best easy-to-use gel eyeliners
Sonja Shin

A Strong Foundation. Start with a strong foundation. Makeup slides right off oily skin so make sure skin is balanced first. Applying an oil to oily skin might be the last thing you’d ever think to do; but oil may be just what you need. If your skin is oily or combination, it may be compensating for a lack of oil. Clarins and Decléor both make amazing balancing oils that are lightweight, easily absorbed and don’t clog pores. They’re made with natural essential oils so they also provide aromatherapy to calms the senses as they calm the skin and reduce oil.

  • Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil ($52, combines rosewood, geranium and lotus extracts and hazelnut oil.
  • Decléor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Concentrate ($68, is a treatment serum made with pure, natural ylang ylang, geranium and rosemary essential oils.

Clarins Lotus Oil is meant to be used in the evening so try their Truly Matte line for a smooth, matte texture during the day. Truly Matte Pore Minimizing Serum ($50) instantly mattifies skin and tightens pores, and reduces shine all day. Truly Matte Hydra-Matte Lotion ($43) moisturizes skin without making it shiny.

Decléor Purifying Concentrate is meant to be used during the day so it works well with Aroma Pureté Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid ($39), which mattifies skin and minimizes pores. At night, complement these with Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm ($73), which reduces imperfections, and purifies and balances skin as you sleep with tea tree oil, shea butter and jojoba seed oil.

Liquid to Powder Foundation. We love the way liquid foundation and BB creams look and feel; but the dewy look they typically offer can look greasy in warm weather. To get wonderful coverage without an oily look, try liquid to powder formulas:

  • Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation ($55, has an airy, lightweight feel, absorbs oil while retaining moisture in the skin and gives a long-lasting velvet matte finish without looking dull, flat or cakey and without the need for touchups. It also protects the skin with an extract from an antioxidant-rich alpine plant.
  • Benefit Big Easy Liquid to Powder SPF 35 Foundation ($38, goes on like a lightweight BB cream or liquid foundation but leaves a velvety powder finish. It also contains ingredients to help balance moisture, control oil, fight free radicals and provides SPF 35.

Long Wear Eye Liner. Gel eye liner formulas are champs for staying on well through the heat and long days; but for years they were mainly available in pots and required you apply them with a brush. Recently though companies have gotten innovative in making great gel formulas available in easier-to-use packaging.

  • Votre Vu Le Joli Crayon ($23, puts gels into a pencil, allowing you to smudge them for a softer look before they set into a budge-proof, smudge-proof, melt-proof finish. Made with mineral pigments, anti-aging fruit extracts and conditioning vitamin E and available in five colors.
  • Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45 for three pencils, is a brand new liner putting waterproof gel liner into the thinnest mechanical pencil for an exceptionally fine line that won’t budge.
  • Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner ($24, recently took the beauty world by storm. It’s the first gel liner in a pen with a very unique, angled tip that makes it really easy to create a precise winged cat eye. The color is a really rich matte black that stays on like nobody’s business.

Crease-Proof Eye Shadow. Eyelids can get oily any time of year so a good crease-proof eye shadow is especially important in warm weather. Votre Vu Palette Play in Nude Palette and Endless Summer ($19-$42, offer finely milled, mineral shadows that nourish delicate eyelids with vitamin E, jojoba oil and kaolin clay for color that feels very silky, looks very natural and stays on really well. I recommend going with natural colors in the summer because more vivid hues can look awful if they smudge in the heat; plus the “no makeup” look looks more effortless in summer.

Mascara. Waterproof mascara is overkill for every day wear. Those formulas are often harsh and way too hard to remove (see what I wrote below about makeup removers and “flaky” mascara that was flaky because it didn’t come off all the way). Opt instead for a water-resistant formula instead like Benefit They’re Real Mascara ($23, This bestseller stays on exceptionally well, and offers a glossy, jet-black formula that dramatically enhances length and volume.

Cheeks & Lips. Lip color and blush tends to wear off the fastest so stains are great for color that really lasts. One of Benefit Cosmetics first products was Benetint ($30,, a rosie stain for lips and cheeks – still one of its most popular products. They have since introduced three more stains – Posietint (pinkish tint), Lollitint (orchid) and Chachatint (mango) – which are also very popular. But stains can look a little flat on lips. For a shinier look that still looks natural (vs. glossy), apply a very moisturizing balm. Benefit now makes very hydrating coordinating tinted balms: Benebalm ($18), Posiebalm, Lollibalm and Chachabalm.

Makeup Remover. Now the downside to long-wear makeup is that it can be really difficult to remove. And if you don’t get it all off, it can affect how your makeup wears the next day. Oftentimes women think they have a mascara that flakes; when in fact their mascara is flaking because they didn’t get it all off the day before, so when they put it on the next day, it flakes because it’s sitting on top of old makeup. So get all your makeup off, but without rubbing and tugging by using a really good makeup remover.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Push-Up Liner are coveted by how well they stay on but scorned for how hard they are to remove. Fortunately, Benefit recently introduced They’re Real Remover ($18,, which remove both with the greatest of ease.

Oil cleansers are also outstanding for how well they remove makeup, melting away the most stubborn of makeup. Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel with Marula Oil ($34, is a highly unusual formula that’s a gel that turns into an oil to melt away makeup but then turns into a milk when it combines with water so it rinses away cleanly. I don’t have any idea how they created this; but it works exactly as described so there’s no need to follow up with up with a foaming cleanser if you don’t like having an oily feel on the skin after using an oil cleanser.

Try these beauties and you’ll continue to look amazing from morning to night regardless of the weather.

(This article originally appeared on Hello Beauty.)

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