If you’re a female sports fanatic like me, you love tailgating but still want to look cute on the jumbotron. And if you’re in the south, you already know the main problem with that. You start the day looking cute, but the humidity makes you look like you got dragged from one end of the field to the other. And with restrictions on bag sizes that can be carried into stadiums, you may not have the products to repair the look. We’ve all been there. Of course, the simple solution would be to forego makeup—maybe toss on a little lipstick and mascara then call it a day. However, if you decide to brave the day with a full-face, that may require a bit more effort.
The best way to deal with this situation is to devise a gameday makeup strategy that will keep you looking like a winner. To do this, each product must be taken into consideration.
First, before I get into it, this post is not sponsored by or affiliated with any product, brand, or company. This is a complication of products that I have found to work for me and my skin type. I have paid for each with my own money, and none have been gifted or sent as a promotion. This only my opinion and these product recommendations may not work for you. If you are interested in any of these products please visit the company websites for more information.
- The first product is one that I have mentioned in previous beauty posts. It is affordable, readily available, and efficient. It’s the Jergens Multi-Purpose Face Cream. I like using this product as a mask to loosen any dirt or makeup residue on my face and soften the skin. Many times, I put this on at night and wash off in the morning. But sleeping in this product can be messy to sheets, and one may want to take that into consideration before using that approach. As an alternative, I apply this product and after allowing to sit for several hours, use a dry cotton ball to remove the excess. This still leaves the product on my face but not reduces the amount transferred to my sheets.
- This second step is extremely important if you use a product like the Jergens Multi-Purpose Cream. While this product may leave your face feeling smoother, this is a product that can be used to remove makeup. The purpose of this post is to give tips on how to get makeup to last. Therefore, I don’t want any product that has the ability to remove my makeup on my face as a primer or base. I like to use a goatmilk soap to cleanse my face first followed by a facial cleanser such as Clinique Liquid Facial Soap.
- Next comes toner. I like to use the Heritage Store Rose Petals Rose Water Facial Toner. I find that it’s mild for my sensitive skin without a lot of fragrance, and it’s super affordable. As a quick aside, let me say that I’ve tried many toners that have worked well. What has made me stick with this toner is that it is readily available and sold at multiple outlets. I buy a lot of my skincare products from TJ Maxx because they are discounted prices. However, my criticism of TJ Maxx is that it is not consistent with the products sold. For example, a face cream I found there being sold for $5.99 and fell in love with it. I haven’t found that product in any of the TJ Maxxes I’ve visited since that time. Nor have I been able to find that product at any other local store. I did manage to locate the product online and the price was $21.99 plus shipping, handling, and tax. I loved it, but not that much. A person should base the selection of their toner on their skin type (dry, oily, combo, sensitive, etc.). Take into consideration personal preferences (e.g., vegan-free, paraben-free, animal testing-free, etc.). Remember that being more expensive does not mean a better product. Some inexpensive products work as well as more expensive ones. Clinique also has an excellent range of facial toners.
- The next step many people choose to do, but I often skip. This is using a skin serum. Although I have dry skin, most serums make my skin feel oily or bring out the oil in my skin. However, using a serum is a good way to hydrate the skin beneath makeup. If this is something that works for you, you should not skip it. I have begun using the Farsali Skintune Blur-Perfecting Primer Serum. Warning: this is not pocketbook or wallet-friendly. I decided to give this a try after seeing so many beauty influencers using it for years. So, either this is some really good stuff or the company shells out megabucks to keep beauty gurus promoting their product. I’ve yet to test this in August heat (which will be the ultimate trial.), so the jury is still out on that part. However, I have high hopes for this product. When I sweat, my pores look like craters. I need the blurring effect of this to minimize that if nothing else.
- An important step in the regiment in moisturizer. This is not only beneficial to the health of the skin but it also sometimes causes makeup to feel more comfortable wearing, especially if you will be wearing for an extended period of time. The key to selecting a tailgate moisturizer is to ensure that it is hydrating and lightweight. I don’t have a brand recommendation. I tend to switch moisturizers, as I don’t have one that stands out as a forerunner. I do enjoy the SkinLab Moisturizing Gel Cream, but when I use it beneath makeup, my pores look huge which isn’t cute. I also like Frudia (Citrus) but it’s hard for me to find.
- From here, the order of application of products may vary. Some people like to move to eyebrows next, while others do foundation and yet others concealer. My next step is a primer. I did not always use primer but this has been a gamechanger for me. Primer really extends the life of my makeup, and the heat, that is exactly what I need. My go-to primer is the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer. Yes, yes, and yes. I’m so thankful this product has entered my life. The Milk primer basically adheres my foundation to my face so that it does not move. Pocketbook warning again…not cheap. I hear that the e.l.f. Jellypop Primer is a dupe and less than half the cost. I’ve not tried the e.l.f. simply because it has been sold out everywhere for months (close to a year) and frankly, I’m sick of waiting for it. I need to have dependable products—ones that when I reach for them, I know will be there or can be replaced with a few keyboard clicks or a quick run to the mall. If I have to scourer the earth for it, forget it. I rather take my losses and pay for the more expensive product. The Milk primer has proven itself multiple times. I’m a loyal customer for life. A second primer that I use in conjunction with the Milk is e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer. But didn’t I just say…? Yes, I did. And I had the same issue with the Poreless Putty Primer as I did with the Jellypop. I had to wait for over a year for this to be in stock. Never again. It’s a good product and lasts a good while. Hopefully, when it is time to repurchase it will be available. If not, I’ll kick it to the side just like the Jellypop. This primer not only extends the wear of makeup, but it controls my pores—which is important for keeping it cute in the heat.
- Some people use concealer to prime the eyelids, but I don’t. Eye primer helps block the oils the eyelids produce. Concealer, while it is tacky and can make for a good eye base, it does not control oil—at least, not usually. And it’s fine that it does not, because that is not what it was intended to do. However, some concealers are waterproof (e.g., Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer) and may be a viable option for the hot, humid, and sweaty nights. However, as stated previously, I prefer using an eyeshadow primer. The primer I prefer to use is an oldie but goody in my opinion. It’s a brand that seems to have fallen out of favor with many in the beauty industry but whose quality can’t be overlooked. That’s the Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot. It does not take much of this product; therefore, it will last a long time. It is water-resistant, long-wearing, and does not become cakey. This product comes in a choice of colors.
- There is no bigger tailgating mess than a foundation that sweats off. Now only will your face look like the Bride of Chucky gone south, your clothes will, too, if it drips off. I’ve experienced this hell. For now, I’m going to skip foundation and circle back later.
- Because this is getting long, the last product I will discuss in this post (I’ll be sure to do a part 2) is setting spray. But isn’t setting spray supposed to be a final step? Yeah, but there’s nothing that says you can’t use it in between. In general, I prefer a matte foundation. I don’t like to look “dewy” or have an “inner glow.” That looks like sweat to me. However, I don’t want to look like I’ve been dipped in powder like a donut. I find that after adding power, a quick spritz of setting spray will prevent caking. The Morphe Continuous Setting Mist is a perfect option for the following reasons. A.) It is lightweight. B.) The spray is continuous. C.) It’s affordable. D.) It’s available at several locations. I spray a light coat of this setting spray after I apply my foundation and again after I apply my powder. This gives me significantly more hold. After I have applied all of my makeup, I spray myself with the Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Waterproof Setting Spray. This spray has a maximum hold. However, it does contain alcohol that may irritate sensitive skin, and it is heavily fragranced. A close runner up for me is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Both products are in the same price range, but the UD offers slightly more product in the bottle. The only reason I lean to the Resting Boss Face more so than the All Nighter is because the Boss Face is marketed specifically as being sweatproof and waterproof. UD only claims to be waterproof.
Now, this may seem like a lot of products—and that’s because it is! No one ever said beauty was uncomplicated. I’m teasing, of course. There’s nothing more powerful than natural beauty, and no person should ever feel the need that makeup is a must to feel confident or good about themselves. That’s just not a thing. Makeup only enhances the beauty that is already present. So, this post is by no means indicating makeup is necessary. It is a personal choice. But remember, this is a routine with products that I have found to be successful for me. Someone else may find they can achieve the same or better results using less products. There’s nothing wrong with that. This isn’t an exact science. Do what works. I tend to sweat a lot. Once while shopping with a companion, my foundation separated and peeled off due to sweating in a way that it could not be repaired without removing my entire face. The heat index that day was 110 degrees. The more I attempted to repair with blotting tissues and more foundation, the worse it became. Although I knew I felt self-conscious for the rest of the outing, I wasn’t imagining some of the stares I received. And to add insult to injury, the shirt has a permanent stain.
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