The dog days of summer are upon us, and I don't know about you, but my face beat has been melt-y in all the wrong places. Thankfully, divine intervention came by way of Rita Ora's particularly flawless, shine-free face, which I noticed scrolling through Instagram last week.
Makeup artist Michael Anthony had given her the glam treatment using the hashtag #BeatintheHeat and I thought 1) This is my new favorite hashtag and 2) I really need to know how he ensures his looks stay 💯 as the day wears on.
Here, find the primer and setting powder tricks Anthony has up his tattooed sleeve.
"My favorite types of primer help with the appearance of large pores, oil build-up, and, of course, foundation longevity," explains Anthony. "Skin type is important when choosing a primer because different needs are addressed with different formulas and identifying a particular concern will help you choose a primer."
If you have redness or dry skin, he suggests a primer that has a creamy texture and subtle, hazy-milky texture that "blurs" the redness as opposed to a primer with a pearlescent or shimmer that accentuates it. He also suggests a mattifying primer for oily skin to control shine.
To diffuse large pores and smooth rough texture, he opts for Clarins' Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. And if it's foundation longevity that's your biggest concern, serum-based primers are solid for a long-lasting effect and overall beautiful complexion in the heat. They also work great for combination skin.
For application, Anthony avoids stickiness with a less-is-more-product approach and by using his fingers to push the product into the skin.
"I also *love* mixing my foundations with a liquid primer to create a custom shade of BB cream out of your own foundation and primer," he says.
1. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, $38; sephora.com.
2. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer, $118; barneys.com.
3. Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Afterglow Primer & Luminizer, $16; sephora.com.
Setting Powder 101
"I love loose powder because it stabilizes your makeup without adding texture," says Anthony, adding that it works for *all* skin types because you're able to control how much product you're applying.
"Use a big, fluffy, and dense powder brush in circular motions, then sweeping motions to really blend the powder on," he says, adding that he loves an old school powder puff dabbed onto the T-zone.
1. MAC Blot Powder Loose, $26; maccosmetics.com.
2. Clé de Peau Beauté Translucent Loose Powder, $105; nordstrom.com.
3. Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder, $35; sephora.com.