When the sun’s blazing and humidity peaks, there’s nothing more irritating than spending half an hour perfecting your makeup, only to step out into the summer heat and have it all slide off your face in ten seconds flat. But this is easily avoided by choosing the right formulas and application methods. These five foolproof tips will help to sweat-proof your makeup, and keep your face in place. You might be melting, but your makeup most definitely won’t be.
Go easy on the skin prep
Whatever your skin type, slathering your face in rich, creamy skincare formulas will have your makeup sliding off your face faster than you can say “Drippy Mr.Whippy”. Keep your textures light and allow each product to absorb fully before applying your next layer. Whilst you might be tempted to skip the sunscreen, protecting your skin from UV damage should be your top priority. Luckily, long gone are the days of gloopy formulas that leave a greasy white film on your face. Now, there are endless options to choose from, that will provide invisible high protection, like the EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen SPF 46. Designed for those with rosacea or acne, this light, oil-free formula soaks in quickly, and contains anti-inflammatory niacinamide to reduce sebum throughout the day.
Primer is your sweat-proof makeup BFF
Primer is a key step to making your makeup to last all day. In the hot summer months, choose an oil-free formula that won’t clog pores or weigh you down. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer has a silky, feather-light texture that creates a smooth canvas for makeup, while reducing the look of redness, pores, and fine lines. Not to mention, it also contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect your skin from UV rays.
Use blotting paper, not powder!
A light re-application of mattifying powder might seem like the best way to get rid of midday shine, but adding a layer of dry powder over moist skin will add unwelcome texture and make your skin look cakey. If you haven’t used blotting sheets since your teens, it’s time to give them a second thought. Today’s high-tech options contain super absorbent ingredients like charcoal, rice and flaxseed, that help to sop up excess oil without ruining your makeup. If you’re prone to breakouts, try boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linens, that are formulated with willow bark extract and abaca tree fibre to not only absorb excess oil and sweat, but prevent breakouts as well.
Opt for waterproof formulas
If you can’t forego your usual smoky look, then you can avoid raccoon eyes by choosing a waterproof version of your favourite mascara. They contain higher amounts of waxes and polymers that allow the mascara to grip onto your lashes. So, be sure to use an oil-based eye makeup remover when it’s time to clean your face to avoid damaging delicate lashes. If your eyes are easily irritated by waterproof formulas, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara Waterproof is the perfect option. Not only is it ophthalmologist-tested and safe for contact lens wearers, but it’s also fragrance-free.
Seal your sweat-proof makeup with a setting spray
You might usually reserve your setting sprays for special occasions, but a quick mist of one of these is all it takes to ensure makeup lock-down. Not to mention, you can now choose one that addresses your specific skincare needs. Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is a great all rounder. This breathable, micro-mist has an oil-free, anti-shine formula works effectively on all skin types, for up to 16 hours.