click image to zoom Summer is here. As the temperature rises, it’s time to take the necessary measures to maintain a fresh face. Modern Salon spoke to celebrity make-up artist and Director of Artistry for the Makeup Show, James Vincent, to get his top tips on beating the heat and achieving the perfect complexion.
Modern Salon: How does humidity affect the skin (dry, combination and oily)?
James Vincent: Humidity will affect the skin in different ways. I think that there are two factors, heat and moisture. Humidity will affect drier skin in a way where you start to see more texture in your makeup as the skin heats up and water evaporates. For oily skin, your sebaceous glands start to over secrete, which results in the greasy mess that a lot of women associate with summer months. But, that’s not the case with everyone. One of the things you can do is examine your client’s skincare routine. Is their skincare setting them up for success in a humid climate?
MS: How can makeup artists prep the skin during the summer to ensure longevity?
JV: I keep it very basic. I find that like works with like. If I’m using an oil based foundation then I’ll use an oil based moisturizer. If I’m using a water based foundation, I’ll use a water based moisturizer. I’m not a big fan of primers. Many women believe that primers will help them keep their product in place, but primers with silicone always return to shine. A lot of times what will happen is women will use these primers for high humidity and think they will be great, but the primer will start to shine through their moisturizer.
MS: What are your top do’s for makeup artists who have clients that live in humid environments?
JV: From the driest skin to the oiliest skin, you’ve got to use a moisturizer with an SPF. You have to take a close look at your client’s regimen and see if they are protecting their skin as best as they can. The best way to do that is with a moisturizer and SPF. It can even be a very light moisturizer or a mattifying moisturizer. One of my favorites for humidity is Embryolisse Hydra-Mat.
Toning the skin is a great way to prepare the face for moisturizer. An essential oil like a rose water toner will be bacterial static and also help with cell reproduction, which can combat the overproduction of oil.
MS: Are there any complexion products that you prefer for high humidity?