Your Best Foundation Routine for Summer

What does summer mean to you? Sipping on Aperol Spritzes, planning the next getaway and trying to stop your foundation from melting all immediately spring to mind. If you’re still looking for the elusive best foundation for summer, we’ve got you covered. Our tips and tricks to creating the ultimate melt-proof makeup base will be your skin’s saviour this season…

1. Use a Primer

... But only where you need it. Keep your base layers as light as possible to avoid makeup feeling cakey and clogging pores; you want to allow your skin to breathe through your base.

If your skin is prone to redness in the warmer months, apply a small amount of Miracle Prep Color Correcting & Cooling Primer only onto the affected areas to neutralise and cool. Or, if you find your skin typically feels more oily in summer, smooth Miracle Prep Pore Minimising & Mattifying Primer onto the t-zone to absorb sebum and stop the shine.

Model wearing fresh summer foundation look
Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation

2. Stay Light

Heavier, full coverage foundations are best kept for cooler months. As temperatures rise, opt for a lightweight foundation that lets your natural skin tone shine through, and team with a sheer application technique. Dot a small amount of Radiant Lift Foundation to only the centre of the face: the nose, chin and forehead. Then, using a damp foundation brush, blend the glow-boosting formula outwards to create a fresh, lit-from-within-glow without needing to layer on other products.

3. Choose Cream Formulas

Embrace the natural, dewy glow that summer brings by opting for creamy formulas that blend easily and make touch-ups a breeze. To add a healthy flush to your summer makeup, dot Miracle Touch Creamy Blush onto apples of cheeks, blending upwards and outwards to brighten the complexion. Or, if you’re tight for space in your handbag or holiday suitcase allowance, use your favourite shade of Colour Elixir Lipstick as both a blusher and lipstick for a monochromatic makeup look.

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush
Max Factor Miracle Veil Loose Powder

4. Keep Shine Under Control

Oily types, we feel your pain. Between trying to beat the heat and maintain your flawless base, keeping your best foundation for summer looking shine-free can feel like quite the beauty battle. After applying your base, try dusting a light layer of Miracle Veil Loose Powder over the t-zone, helping to set makeup in place and absorb oil before it appears. If the summer shine follows you while you’re away from your makeup bag, press a velvety sponge or pad into Crème Puff Face Powder, then tap and roll over shiny areas of skin to mattify without disrupting makeup beneath.

5. Always Carry Face Mist

What did we do before face mists? These hydrating, cooling spritzes are perfect for everything from adding moisture to setting makeup in one pump. That’s why you shouldn’t be without Lasting Performance Setting Spray this summer. We recommend keeping it in the fridge at home or work and misting over makeup for an instantly cooling treat for skin. Dreamy.

Model applying Max Factor Lasting Performance Setting Spray

Looking to up your summer radiance even more?

Discover our 8 natural makeup tips for a luminous glow, or find out how to perfect *that* dewy foundation look this season.