JV: Definitely go with a waterproof foundation with a sheerer coverage. A lot of women feel like they need a full coverage makeup to hide things. But, sometimes it’s just about using a sheerer coverage and evening out the tone. MAC Face and Body or Makeup Forever Face and Body are ideal for humidity because they are waterproof. Start in the center of the face, the area where most women need coverage, and sheer your way out. Then go back and build the areas where you need more coverage. Even if they perspire or their skin gets a little oily, the foundation will still stay set. You can use a blotting paper to get rid of any excess shine.
Try cream blush for humid months. Start with a blush or bronzer underneath foundation. As the skin heats up throughout the day, it looks like the product is flushing through rather than sitting on top. Cream or gel products like BeneTint, Stila Convertible Cover or NARS Multiples are my favorite because a little goes a long way. And these products don’t weigh on the skin. I also make sure that during humid months, I only use bronzer on places where the sun hits the face: forehead, center of the nose, highest point of the cheekbone, chin, and any exposed skin. That’s going to give your client a beautiful sun kissed glow.
MS: What is your position on using powder during the summer?
JV: I try to use as little powder as possible on the skin. I find especially in humidity, it starts to cake up. If I do use a powder, there are two types. There is a mattifying powder that has a traditional talc-based formula that will set your complexion into place. Then there are all of these high-definition powders that are silica based. They aren’t designed to be used all over the face. They are designed to be used very slightly just to disperse oil and water. The less powder the better. I would prefer for you to set your foundation with a setting spray for humid months and to touch up with blotting paper. Mist and Fix from Makeup Forever or MAC’s Fix Plus are best to set your foundation because you aren’t adding an extra layer of foundation or powder to the face.
Mineral Makeup is the product that I don’t love for humidity. A lot of women find that mineral makeup is easy to apply but what happens is you can lose control in the heat. What mineral makeup tends to do is reflect and refract light at different wavelengths. In a humid month it can heat up on the skin and give you a really oily shiny look. Going with a powder that has more of a matte finish is what I prefer to use.