When your foundation’s running, your mascara’s smearing, and your makeup looks as if you just left a hot yoga class, don’t sweat it. You can’t do much about your body’s tendency to perspire during the warmer months, but you can take steps to make sure your makeup withstands moisture.
Keep reading to find out how to melt-proof your makeup!
Keep It Light
Less is more. In the fight against makeup meltdown, this applies to everything you put on your face—starting with skincare. Heavy moisturizers aren’t going to help, so use a hydrating serum (like Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum ($75)) if your skin can get away with it. Pick tinted moisturizer over foundation—the sheerer the coverage, the less there is to sweat off. Matte formulas, like Jouer’s Matte Moisture Tint ($38) tend to pack a bit more staying power. If you keep everything else light, you can go with full-coverage concealer (only where you need it). Apply it with a brush for maximum staying power. The oils on your fingers only dilute coverage.
A good primer is a must. Wearing primer extends the life of any product you apply after it. Choose a mattifying option for extra shine control. Becca’s Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36) promises to withstand humidity and sweat. Just be sure to give adequate time between your primer and the next makeup steps—applying primer to a face still damp with moisturizer negates all of its benefits. Don’t forget to prime your eyelids as well, even if you’re not planning on wearing eyeshadow. Eyeshadow base will help ensure your liner stays put and mascara stays off your lids. Try a waterproof version, like Lancôme’s Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base ($26).
Stay Away From Dry Products
It may sound counterintuitive, but put down the powders. Powder formulas sit on top of your skin, meaning there is ample opportunity for them to slide down your face at the first sign of moisture. Choose cream or gel bronzers and cream blush or cheek stains. The pigments are sheer and natural, and they’re easy to blend.
Waterproof Your Eye Makeup
The obvious solution to melting eye makeup is waterproof mascara. If you hate the feeling of dry, brittle lashes that often accompanies waterproof formulas though, layer your lash products instead. Start with a lash-conditioning primer, like Clinique’s Lash Building Primer ($15), apply a coat of your go-to mascara, and finish with a swipe of waterproof mascara or Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat ($21). Keep eyeliner close to your lash line (cat eyes and hot days don’t mix), and choose a waterproof pencil or gel formula over liquid liner. Eye makeup is the one exception to the no-powder rule. A light dusting of translucent powder around your lash line will help seal your eyeliner.
Don’t Fight It
You can take all the proper precautions, wear all the right products, and try your hardest to stay cool, but a little sweat is usually inevitable. When you start to feel slippage, don’t panic. You can always re-blend blotchy blush and bronzer, and traveling eyeliner is just an excuse to embrace a smudged-out look. Pack blotting papers and Q-tips when you’ve got a crazy day ahead of you, and be prepared to accept a little bit of dew.
Pictured: Shiseido’s Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($19)
What do you do when you can’t prevent the sweat? Share your tips in the comments!