I’m the Sweatiest Person I Know. These Are the Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without in Summer

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From April to September, I sweat—a lot. As such, I consider myself something of an expert on makeup and skin-care products that work with my face’s fondness of looking like I’ve just run a marathon. Here, nine products that are total musts for sweaty gals.

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clean and clear oil sheets

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

OK. Are there chicer oil blotting sheets on the market? There sure are, but none of them hold a candle to Clean & Clear’s OG. I stash a packet of these babies in all of my bags all year round, but they especially come in handy as temperatures rise. They sop up a semi-gross amount of oil (that you can see, clear as day, on the sheets), and they never mess up your makeup.

lancer exfoliator

Lancer Skincare Polish

Let’s get something out of the way: This product isn’t cheap. In my experience, though, it’s totally worth it. It’s a gentle exfoliator that helps keep your complexion blemish-free (especially useful in the summer, when sweat buildup leads to more frequent spots) and leaves your skin super smooth and glowy. Once or twice a week, after removing my makeup but before cleansing, I use a dime-size amount, which makes it last forever. My skin looks brighter within minutes—magic.

supergoop sunscreen

Supergoop Glow Stick Sunscreen

Supergoop has tons of excellent sun protection products, but none are quite as great as this sunscreen stick. Made with Amazonian oils and a blend of fatty acids, it brightens and hydrates for a healthier-looking complexion, and protects from UV rays with SPF 50. Because it’s invisible, you never have to worry about having white streaks all over your face, and the formula never runs into your eyes as you sweat. 

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Neturogena Hydro Boost Face Moisturizer

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve recommended this moisturizer, I’d be a very rich woman. Whether or not you’re a sweater, there’s nothing more uncomfortable than wearing a heavy moisturizer when it’s hot out. This one is ultra-hydrating and feels light as air. I use it all year round, but because it’s a gel cream, it’s especially cooling and lovely to apply when it’s hot, humid and sticky out.

bare minerals complexion rescue

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

If you’re prone to sweating, foundation is often a no-go. This product evens your complexion without caking or sliding like a traditional foundation (note that it’s sheer-to-medium coverage, so it doesn’t hide quite as much as heavier blends). Day-to-day, I mix one part Complexion Rescue with three parts Hydro Boost moisturizer and that’s my base. It also has SPF 30, which is never a bad thing.

covergirl mascara

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

I don’t know how a mascara that’s not waterproof manages to be so sweat-proof, but here we are. True to its name, this stuff goes on super smooth and lasts forever without ending up all over your cheekbones and eyelids. Despite its staying power, it’s really easy to take off at night, unlike many waterproof formulas. Plus, you can’t beat the price for how well it works.

josie maran argan drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran’s highlighter drops are made from 100 percent argan oil, which is loaded with vitamin E and fatty acids, making it great for conditioning and repairing the skin all while providing a natural glow. I like to apply a tiny bit of this to my cheekbones after moisturizing.

Buy it ($48)

tarte highlighter and blush

Tarte Blush And Glow Blush And Highlighter

Yes, I use two different highlighters on a daily basis—sue me. In addition to amping up my skin’s dewiness (not to be confused with sweatiness), I’ve found that layering a powder highlighter on top of a liquid one helps set the liquid and keep it from running. This product is also great because it’s two-in-one. Both the blush and the highlighter are oil-free and moisture-rich, meaning they won’t dry your skin out but they also won’t make it greasy.

Buy it ($30)

sugarpill liquid lip color

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color

Oftentimes, when you find a lip color that doesn’t budge for hours, it’s at the expense of comfort. That’s decidedly not the case with Sugarpill’s liquid lipsticks. They’re lightweight and creamy, but they stay put for hours. As an added bonus, each of the 20 shades is vegan and Creamsicle-scented (subtly, not cloyingly).

Buy it ($18)

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...