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her beauty: Mabani Hernandez shares her summer makeup survival kit

Your mascara runs, your moisturizer disappoints and you can't go outside without your foundation transforming into a gooey, streaky mess.

It must be summer.

The onset of warm, humid weather can wreak havoc on your makeup routine. Sweat isn't necessarily the best makeup enhancer. Frustrated? Don't cry -- it'll only mess up your mascara.

Instead, take a lesson from Mabani Hernandez, a professional makeup artist based in Columbus. Here's her list of summer beauty essentials to add to your makeup toolkit.

Eyeshadow primer

"You want your eyeshadow to last all day," Hernandez explained, adding that the heat can interfere with your eyeshadow's longevity.

An eyeshadow primer helps to "waterproof eyeshadow and ensure it lasts all day," Hernandez said. "It will also intensify the color." This is something you apply before your eyeshadow. Hernandez recommends Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, available for $20-$30 in stores and online retailers like, and

Oil-free moisturizer

For summer, you want something to help control oil production throughout the day. "Even though it's hot and your skin may get oily, it's still very important to always moisturize your skin and face," Hernandez said. Ideally, you want a moisturizer that includes SPF. If you're using a moisturizer without SPF, apply SPF before moisturizing.

Hernandez recommends MAC Oil Control Lotion ($15, in stores and and Vichy Normaderm Pro Mat Ultra-Mattifying Oil-Free Lotion SPF15 ($22, in stores an sites like

Blotting sheets

"In case some oil does pop up, use these to absorb the oil without disturbing the makeup or packing more on," Hernandez said. She recommends blotting sheets by Shiseido and Boscia, available online and at some cosmetics retailers for $5-$18.

Gel eyeliner

"It does not smudge. It does not run," Hernandez said, making a case for gel eyeliner. Interested? Hernandez recommends gel liners at a variety of price points, including $15-$19 lines by MAC, Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever. On a budget? Hernandez raves about a gel liner from Essence, sold for just under $4 in stores and at

Foundation primer and setting powder

"Foundation primer is essential for extending the life of your makeup and helps fill in scars and skin imperfections like enlarged pores," Hernandez said. She suggests brands like Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light and Laura Gellar Spackle Under Make-up Primer ($25-$36, in cosmetics stores and online).

Setting powder is equally important in helping your makeup last. Have some money to spend? Try Make Up For Ever HD Powder (about $16-$32). On a budget? Hernandez recommends e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder ($6, online and in some Target stores).

Eye cream

"The sun creates fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, no matter your age. Although this won't extend the life of your makeup, it will protect and hydrate your eye area." Hernandez recommends Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30, available for $28 through sites like "Besides having SPF, this is one of the few eye creams made for the whole eye," Hernandez said.


Of course, this one depends on your skin tone and specific needs. Amid a seasonal obsession with a healthy bronze glow, Hernandez cautions against choosing a foundation that's too dark for your skin tone. "You want your face to belong to your body," she said.


To avoid heat-induced mascara smudges, go for a waterproof version of your favorite brand, Hernandez said. She recommends lines by Maybelline, which start at about $4 in drugstores.

Lip balm with SPF

"Your lips burn. People don't realize that," Hernandez said. Feel free to apply lip balm underneath your lip color. Hernandez recommends EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, available for under $4 at many drugstores.

Setting spray

This is the final step in your summer beauty routine. "Use after all makeup is applied to create a barrier to protect and extend the life of your makeup," Hernandez said. She recommends Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($12-$34, in stores and sites like,,

Still have questions? Hernandez encourages women to check out her website,, or call 808-218-8562.