For weeks now, I've been working up a serious sweat.
I've sat in a sauna cranked up to 139 degrees, jumped rope as fast as I can and trudged for 42 infernal minutes on an elliptical machine at the gym.
I've gone for long walks in bright sun, pumped iron and run around in the heat of the day for close to an hour. Phew!
All of this frenzied activity took place in full makeup: primer, foundation, eyeliner, shadow, mascara and lipstick. What a sight.
Except for the part about being young and followed by a couple of TV cameras, I imagined it was how Paris Hilton or the Klan Kardashian approached their beauty/workout routines.
And why was I sweating in all that makeup? To test a bunch of low- and high-end products (click link to see them) to determine the best strategy for summer brides — and the rest of us — to keep our cosmetics from dripping and oozing in the summer heat, sun and humidity.
In short, what's the best way to avoid what is, literally, a hot mess? And are more expensive products worth the added cost?
One word: waterproof. That's pretty much all you need to know.
Everything I tried (except the lipstick) still looked good after 14 hours and a lot of activity. That being true, I say save the money and choose the cheaper options.
Another piece of advice: Think twice about using under-makeup primer. It's supposed to reduce pore size and prep your skin to give you a smoother base and add longevity to your foundation. Even with a 10X magnifying mirror, I didn't see any difference. The makeup didn't stay fresher longer, and I say skip it.
Summer makeup tips
• Buy waterproof everything.
• Bargain brands are often as good as or better than pricier options.
• Use lots of soap and water to remove makeup.
• Oil-free eye makeup remover helps (but wash off thoroughly before reapplying eye makeup).
• "Long-wear" lipstick often doesn't but MAC Longwear Lipcolour (maccosmetics.com, $22) stays on for many hours.
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