How To Make Your Makeup Last All Summer

How To Make Your Makeup Last All Summer

How to stay snatched from morning to night.

Every morning starts the same. You wake up, wet your favorite blending sponge and scavenge throughout your foundations and powders and liners. You think about what look you're going to go for that day, and you begin your creative work.

You layer powders over liquids and carve your cheekbones to resemble knives. After finally getting your brows on point, you take a step back and admire your masterpiece only to realize you still have to do your eyeliner.

Once the finished product is complete, you snap a couple selfies for Instagram and Snapchat because you know as soon as you step outside, it will only be a matter of seconds until your face melts off.

Ah, the struggles of being a cake-face in the summer. From patchy contour and runny foundation to eyeshadow that may as well have never been applied to begin with, the summertime can pose a challenge to girls who love makeup.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your face "beat" and "on fleek" on even the hottest of days.

1. Priming.

It may seem like an easy step to skip, but your foundation and concealer and face as a whole will stay fresh for a lot longer if you prime your face. The same concept applies to eyeshadow, because a little bit of a base will not only make your look last all day, but your shadows will be more pigmented and will also blend much easier.

2. Switch up your foundation, if possible.

On really hot and humid summer days, I tend to use more of a tinted BB cream to serve as my foundation. It does not weigh down as much on my skin and I can layer it alongside my concealer to enhance my coverage! Plus, lots of formulas have sun protection built in as an added bonus!

3. Baking.

After you've applied foundation and concealer to where you want it, the popular Internet trend for setting your liquids and creams known as "baking" will lock in your face so it doesn't leak everywhere. You take a generous amount of loose translucent powder and pack it underneath the eyes and for some, under where you place your contour to really emphasize the illusion. While I bake, I usually work on other parts of my makeup routine such as my eyebrows or priming my eyelids so I allow my bake to set in. After waiting about five minutes, I take a bigger fluffy brush and swipe away some of the excess powder to cover and set the rest of my face. It truly makes a difference in the brightness of my face and the security of my foundation and concealer!

4. Setting spray.

Girl, you have worked hard on your face. Another product to help lock your look into place is setting spray. It adds a little moisture to the skin and makes it look fresh and dewy without running everywhere. The ingredients in setting sprays help hydrate your skin and some even have the capability to keep you cool on super humid days!

5. Go for the...bronze?

Having a sun kissed glow makes makeup application on hot days so much easier. Your skin tone typically tends to even out when you have a little extra sun on your face. Make sure you're using the right foundation and concealer colors, and don't be afraid to venture into the land of bronzing and contouring. It looks a lot less harsh on your tan skin but still gives your face a little more dimension.

6. Wear your face proudly.

Wearing makeup is a choice. Not wearing makeup is also a choice. If you decide that attempting your makeup on a humid day wouldn't work out so well for you, then that is perfectly okay! However, it's cool if you want to as well! Makeup is an art form as well as a form of self expression. If you want to wear your heaviest full-coverage foundation year round, then you go for it. These are simply some pointers for how to make your makeup last throughout the long, hot dog days of summer. Don't ever let anyone tell you how to wear your makeup, or more importantly, how to be you.

Cover Image Credit: Penn State University

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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*


Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.

3. Meet as many characters as you can.


4. Get as many autographs as you can.


5. Stay in the parks from open to close.


6. Visit the parks alone.


As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.


8. See as many shows/parades as possible.


Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.



10. Character breakfast.


What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.


Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.


14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.


15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!


Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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