On sweltering summer days (yes, they do happen), the worst place to be is in a stifling city, but for many of us, that’s the reality. And let’s just call a spade a spade shall we? Just because we’re women doesn’t mean we don’t sweat. We sweat. And on hot summer days, our faces sweat—you know it’s true.
Which is why come lunchtime our melted makeup is often making friends with our shirt collar (you know, the white one that was fresh on this morning). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some carefully chosen sweat-proof makeup products and a good layer of Sure Maximum Protection deodorant mean you could probably get away with wearing that white shirt again (if spilling coffee isn’t an issue for you).
Keep scrolling for the hardworking, sweat-proof makeup products team Byrdie comes to rely on when the mercury rises…
A classic because it's effective, this primer works like glue (but doesn’t feel sticky) to keep your eye shadow in place and crease-free.
Sure we all love a dewy complexion, but on summer days when you want to look pulled together in the office, it’s best to opt for a matte finish. This keeps shine at bay without constant touch-ups.
A sweaty face can lead to your liner imprinting on your eyelids. Look to waterproof formulas like this one by Smashbox. It comes in eight shades, and we love prune if you’re looking for a softer alternative to black this summer.
A lightweight and most crucially—waterproof—concealer, this brightens the under-eye area and makes light work of covering dark circles and softening lines.
A little of this liquid blusher goes a long way. Apply it with a brush and buff it onto the apples of your cheeks; once blended, it sets for a waterproof, long-lasting finish.
These sheer shades are moisturising yet surprisingly long-wearing. Unlike some high-shine lip products, this isn’t at all sticky.
Eyeko’s mascara is the best waterproof offering around. It survived a thorough drowning when our editor was thrown off her water skis on holiday. That’s impressive.
Fun fact for you: Makeup For Ever’s Aqua range of makeup was invented 25 years ago to meet the needs of a synchronised swimming team who needed pool-proof makeup. So, yes, this eyeshadow will survive a sweltering day in any city.
One of the few waterproof bronzers out there, this is not only affordable but it also boasts 10-hour wear and SPF 15.
You can use this foundation stick all over, but we use it to target blemishes and redness. It’s hardwearing and offers unrivalled coverage without looking cakey.
Maybelline’s powder claims to last a full 24-hours, but we’re usually (read: always) tucked up in bed long before we get the chance to hold it to its claim. Needless to say, it keeps you matte for longer than needed.
You know it’s bad day (and a pretty unusually hot one) when your brow makeup starts to slide down your face. Avoid it ever happening with MAC’s waterproof brow set; it imparts colour onto the brow hairs, grooms and sets them in place.
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