The 10 Best Sweat-Proof Beauty Products for Summer
Because no one wants to be a hot mess
Whether or not you’re a heavy sweater, you’ve probably dealt with the summer problem of slippery makeup at least a time or seven. While a certain amount of, shall we say, dewiness, is to be expected as temperatures rise, don’t settle for products that will leave you with mascara running down your face and a T-zone that your friends can see themselves in. Consider these ten products that will hold tight on the hottest and sweatiest of days.
The Best Primer
Sweat-proofing should start at the base, and we love this oil-free primer for a number of reasons. First, it smoothes out skin to create a matte canvas for any subsequent makeup. Second, it has salicylic acid to treat existing blemishes and prevent new ones from popping up (something we’re even more concerned about during the summer). It’s also got aloe, vitamin E and ginseng, which help calm redness, reduce inflammation and promote a shine-free complexion.
The Best Foundation
Foundation that strikes the perfect balance between providing enough coverage and feeling light and comfortable is fairly hard to find, but this one from Makeup Forever is both of those things and lasts all day long, no matter how hot it is. The lightweight, water-based gel foundation can also be used on your body, in case you’re going for the airbrushed-legs look.
The Best For Brows
Brows have been having a moment for some time now, and the best way to keep yours looking on fleek (as the kids say) is to use this long-lasting pomade. Heads up that this little pot packs a bold punch, so if your brows are already on the stronger side, maybe stick to Glossier’s Boy Brow, which provides a similar hold without as much tint.
The Best Blush
There’s actually some science behind this pretty little number. It’s made with silicone-coated pigments, which adhere to the skin better and withstand water for extended wear. It also contains L-Lysine, an amino acid found naturally in the skin that helps increase the formula’s long-wearing and water-resistant properties.
The Best Eyeshadow
Enriched with vitamin E (which protects and soothes the skin), this eye shadow is meant to last for a whopping 16 hours and protects skin from free radicals. It’s also available in three super pretty, subtly metallic shades, which is never a bad thing.
The Best Lip Color
When your product is called lip tar, chances are it’s gonna stick. This vegan and cruelty-free blend from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics comes in an impressive variety of shades, but be forewarned that you really only need a tiny bit and it’s fairly easy to overdo it with these intense tints. Still, they stay.
The Best Eyeliner
Eyeko consistently puts out awesome products, and we’re specifically enamored of their sport collection. Yes, it’s designed to be worn at the gym, but really, on a sweltering day, we’re often sweating just as much as we would during a spin class. And on those days we can count on this jet-black liner to stay put.
The Best Mascara
When it comes to makeup mishaps, mascara running down your face is one of the more common. Luckily, with a formula like Too Faced’s hilariously-titled one, you won’t have to worry about looking like you’re in the middle of a breakdown when really you’re just overheated.
The Best Setting Spray
Once you’ve got your foundation, mascara and such all set, give it even more staying power with this awesome finishing spray. It’s got a matte finish and sets makeup, controls oil and delivers UV protection in the form of SPF 50. So we’d call that a win-win-win.
The Best Blotting Sheets
But even if you’re armed with all of the previous products, there’s still a chance you’ll get a little sweaty. That’s why it’s advisable to always have these babies on hand. They soak up oil like no one’s business and are the fastest and easiest way to go from super shiny to chicly matte in the event of a sudden burst of sweat.
Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper ($18.50 for 70 sheets)