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Makeup for Outdoor Types

With summer in full swing, a lot of women are heading out to go camping, hit the beach, take a hike, or simply enjoy the good weather. And if you're one of the outdoor types, you're probably dressing for comfort more than style. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't make an effort to look your best. Start by finding make-up secrets that enhance your style and can keep up with your active lifestyle at the same time. Remember, makeup isn't just about looking good-it's also about confidence and knowing you're at your best.

Outdoor makeup can be tricky, since the lighting is less controlled than in a home or office. Natural light magnifies every feature, highlights every little blemish, and makes colors look more saturated. But at the same time, it's also more flattering, especially if you choose the right makeup styles. It's all a matter of knowing what works for you and what doesn't. With the right tips and tricks, you can master outdoor makeup and look your best no matter where you are and what you're doing. Here's a quick guide to help you get started.

Use a light foundation.

All makeup starts with a foundation or color base, and outdoor makeup is no exception. Unlike regular face makeup, however, outdoor makeup requires a lighter base, preferably one that's easy to apply and retouch. Experts recommend a sheer foundation; if you don't have any, you can add some lotion or moisturizer to regular foundation to lighten it up. Avoid powder and matte products-they tend to feel thick on the face and may look fake in outdoor lighting.

If you want to keep it light, you can skip the foundation and use a tinted moisturizer instead. Tinted moisturizer works well because it does double duty-it evens out your skin tone while keeping your skin hydrated. Before applying tinted moisturizer, apply concealer to any blemishes, as the sheer finish may not completely mask them. When you're done putting on makeup, dust your face with loose powder to help the makeup set.

Choose natural eye colors.

Sweat rarely gets onto your lids when you're outdoors, so you can be a bit more creative with color. But since you're keeping everything neutral, it usually makes sense to stick to more natural colors as well. Don't let that limit you-you can get a lot of eye makeup ideas from colors that match or complement your skin tone. Choose light eye shadows such as cream and gold, and trade the black mascara for a more natural brown shade.

Heat and humidity can cause eye shadow to smear and crease. You can avoid this by using a primer on your lid before applying the shadow. If you can, switch to cream or gel eye shadow instead of the usual powder. They blend better onto your skin, unlike powders which just stay on the surface. Peach, mauve and cream go with everything and usually look good on everyone. You can usually skip the eyeliner, unless you're out early and need something to make you look more awake.

Highlight your lips and cheeks.

Makeup artists strongly advise against strong lip colors for the outdoors. While there are long-lasting lipsticks in the market, they are more ideal for all-day office work than a day on the beach. If you're not sure what type of lipstick to use, just use a tinted lip gloss in a neutral color such as peach or nude. Gloss adds more than enough color for most women. To help it last longer, dust the surface with light or translucent powder before applying.

Natural light can make you look pale, so it's important to add a little color to your cheeks. You can use bronzer or blusher, but not both-use bronzer if you have dark or tanned skin, and blusher if you're more on the fair side. For the blush, powder works better than cream or gel because the latter tends to fade when it's hot. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks, then blend carefully to make sure there are no visible "borders."

Choose long-lasting makeup.

Long-lasting makeup has different definitions, so it's important to understand your labels. For example, all-day makeup isn't necessarily made for the outdoors-it's just designed to last longer, such as a full day at work. Waterproof makeup is good for the pool or beach, but it's not the right kind for outdoor concerts or backyard parties. If you're planning to stay dry on your day out, smudge-proof and sweat-proof makeup are your best options.

Gel makeup usually works best for outdoor use, but it tends to wear out over the day. You can keep them longer by applying a light dusting of powder over the foundation and eye makeup. For the lips, choose a long-lasting gloss or a tint that you can reapply throughout the day as needed.