Seoul, Korea is an absolutely perfect place for a college student looking for city-fun. Seoul is a super modern, technological city jam-packed with shops, restaurants, bars, and cute cafes. Although I absolutely love Korea and all it has to offer, I hate it’s summer weather. Being that Korea is a peninsula, the summers are hot and humid, perfect for shiny foreheads and melty foundation. Also, once monsoon season is in full swing, I can guarantee you that your mascara will be running down your face.
That being said, over the past few summers, I think I’ve been able to master the art of heat-humidity-and-sweat-proof summer makeup that will last throughout the day with minimal touchup. This summer-proof makeup look is super simple and makes use of long-wearing and waterproof/water-resistant products that are sure to stay put.
For the past year, my favorite primer has been the Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer and I use it on an everyday basis. It leaves a smooth, satin-powder-like finish on my skin that helps control oil and really grip the foundation into place. I find that my foundation goes on so much smoother and lasts a lot longer with this primer.
For my base, instead of an all-over foundation, I’ve been mixing the smallest amount of my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation with a pinhead amount of my Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer to create the perfect shade of super-full-coverage concealer. I use a thin layer of this just in the places where I need it and smooth it on quickly with my fingers. To brighten up under my eyes, I’ve been using the Missha Under Eye Brightener. It’s not the most amazing under eye concealer, but for about three dollars, you can’t get a much better product. Finally, to lock my base in place and keep my face matte, I’ve been using the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder, which is perfect for people with combination-oily skin.