There are few beauty disasters more embarrassing than a face of melted makeup—and as the temperatures rise (and so do your sweat levels), it’s bound to happen at least once. Luckily, there’s a whole arsenal of long-lasting, waterproof beauty products that exist to combat slipping and sliding.
Click through the slides for our tips and favourite products to help you survive the sweltering heat with your makeup in place!
Rule of thumb for wearing makeup on a sizzling day: keep it to a minimum. The less product you have on, the less there is to slide off. A five-in-one tinted cream, like Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 ($34), is your go-to for achieving a sheer, flawless complexion that will inhibit oil throughout the day. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($43) will also do the trick.
While it may add an extra step to your routine, always use a primer if you want your foundation to stay in place. Not only does a good primer provide an even canvas for your makeup, it also prevents your foundation and concealer from running.
The same goes for eyeshadow primers: the chances of your eyeshadow creasing or smudging after using primer are basically zilch. So reach for M.A.C.’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($20) in Painterly and dabb an even amount on your lids to rock intense, crease-free eyeshadow all summer long.
Through all the heat and humidity, a silicone-based foundation will help you emerge with your flawless complexion intact. Since consistency is key, pair it with a silicone-based primer so the formulas blend seamlessly. First, prime your face with Smashbox’s Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36), then use a foundation, like Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet+Matifying Foundation ($36) or Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H ($46), with a damp makeup sponge. Combined, these silicone-based products will keep your makeup from melting—no more slipping and sliding!
If your forehead tends to get oily midday, tuck a pack of Boscia’s Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10) in your purse. A convenient summer beauty must-have, the green tea extract formula soothes your skin and reduces shine without disturbing makeup.
A little sweat can ruin a perfectly-smudged smoky eye, so ditch your kohl eyeliner and opt for a waterproof liquid liner, like Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20), instead—the thin tip and quick-dry formula make it the ultimate melt proof product. To avoid a mascara meltdown after a dip in the pool, coat your lashes with Dior’s Diorshow Waterproof Mascara ($25). Lastly, avoid melted brows with a waterproof brow gel, like Arch De Triumphe’s Brow Definer ($17).
Choose a gloss-stain hybrid, like Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Rebel Nudes ($35), instead of your everyday gloss—it’ll leave a hint of color behind when the shine fades. For a moisturizing hint of color that will last through the day, try Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17).
We’ve already told you everything you need to know about cream blush, and the warmer temps give us yet another reason to love these creamy cheek stains. Since powder and perspiration aren’t the best of friends—they can cause your powder blush to cake—try a light, cream blush instead, like Nyx’s Rouge Cream Blush ($6).
Have any other melt-proof makeup tips for summer? Let us know in the comments!