When the weather gets warmer, your regular makeup may not be able to stand the heat. Here are some long-lasting products to try.
When the temperatures rise, your makeup slides. It is one of the few downfalls of summer, besides never being able to wear your hair down without it swelling to three times its original size–unless you have a few good tips up your sleeve. The makeup you swore by in the colder months can melt away like a carton of ice cream you forgot to put in the fridge (luckily, you can still drink it–the ice cream, not the foundation). There are ways to deal with humidity. For summer, we need long-lasting foundations and concealers that can withstand the heat, humidity, and even sweat.
31 Ways to Sweat-Proof Your Makeup
No Sweat-Proof Makeup: Ways to Beat the Heat and Melt-Proof Your Makeup
The weather is scorching hot. You’ve just hugged a friend and noticed that he or she is now wearing more of your foundation than you! That’s embarrassing. That’s what can happen when heat and humidity cause your makeup to melt and transfer to clothing, cell phones… and people. Solving this problem is no sweat with these 31 tips and tricks to keep your makeup melt-proof and sweat-proof makeup.
Foundation – Best Sweat Proof Makeup
1. Even when it’s hot outside, it’s still important to moisturize the face before applying makeup in the summer. Switch from your heavier moisturizer to a light water-based moisturizer. Make sure it is oil-free if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
2. Mix a lightweight serum with foundation to make your own tinted moisturizer.
3. Mix makeup primer with your favorite foundation for more lasting power.
4. Cool off first: Splash your clean face with cool water, or run an ice cube over the face before applying makeup, so makeup will have a cool instead of warm canvas on which makeup can adhere and last longer.
6. Switch from heavy, full coverage foundations to lighter formulas, such as tinted moisturizers, sheer coverage foundations, or BB and CC creams so that you won’t sweat as much.
7. If you have oily skin use a matte makeup primer that is oil-free and formulated to excess control oil.
8. Think using too many products will overheat your face? You can limit the amount of primer. Just prep the T-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin) with makeup primer. Let it soak in and follow with foundation of choice.
9. If you have oily skin, you’ll naturally want to use products that are oil-free. Make sure that the ingredients are not too drying or irritating to avoid further oiliness or breakouts.
10. For those who need more coverage use pressed powder with a matte finish to soak up excess oil.
11. If you prefer liquid foundation, or pressed and loose powder tends to cake or emphasize imperfections, use an oil-free and lightweight formula and then lightly dust the face with translucent setting powder.
12. Brush on loose powder only on areas that tend to get oily, such as the forehead, nose or chin.
13. A plus is to use a product that contains broad-spectrum protection so that you don’t melt and burn.
14. Using a fluffy foundation brush, buff mineral powder onto the face. You can build coverage by adding a few layers to even out skin tone and maintain a natural look.
15. Use a mineral veil powder to set makeup. Mineral makeup contains oil absorbers. Ingredients like silica absorbs oil and reduces shine.
16. Have blotting powder or blotting paper on hand to nip oily spots the moment they start to form and to touch up any oiliness without disturbing your makeup application.
17. Use a facial mist during the day to refresh makeup and cool off the skin, which will help makeup last longer.
18. For oily skin, use an oil-free hydration spray.
19. Switch to waterproof and smudge-proof mascaras and eyeliners. Just be sure to use eye makeup removers formulated for long lasting and waterproof makeup, since this makeup can be more difficult to remove.
20. Skip the dark smoky eyes during the summer, which can emphasize makeup that has run or smeared. Instead, go for the brighter and lighter colors.
21. Use waterproof/water resistant and smudge-proof gels and liquid eyeliners.
22. Forgo eye shadow and line the eyes with colorful, waterproof eyeliner.
23. For those of you who are more comfortable with the ease of using a pencil, you can line with a pencil as usual, and use this tip from Erika Katz, author of Bonding Over Beauty: brush on some eye shadow to seal in the color over the pencil. To do this, dip a slanted brush in water, pat the brush in eye shadow and draw a line over the eye pencil.
24. Cream eye shadows can crease, especially when you have oily skin. Use powder eye shadow instead or use an eye shadow primer.
25. No eye shadow primer? Apply oil-free concealer or foundation to the lids before applying eye shadow and eyeliner.
26. To make eye shadow last longer apply shadow with a damp brush.
27. Creamy formulas tend to fade on oily skin, opt for a tint, or matte powder blush and bronzers to absorb oils.
28. If you have healthy or dry skin and tend to get dry patches, avoid powder blushes that have oil-free or matte formulas.
29. Use a little concealer on the lips as a base before applying lipstick (preferably one that contains SPF).
30. Fill in lips with lip liner before using color. More tips for long lasting lip color.
31. If lip product does not contain SPF, use a lip balm with SPF (or use your SPF moisturizer on your lips), blot gently with a tissue before applying lipstick.
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