The dirty truth is not pretty. I am a sweater. Not just a sweater, but I am a face sweater. In fact, I think that might be the only place I actually sweat. Sometimes excessively. Pretty girls have bodily functions too. I can get my face sweating in almost any environment. I have anxiety and my tell is sweating on my upper lip and chin. It is so embarrassing. I also used to deal with my makeup coming off in those areas and it being super obvious, thus embarrassing me more. This heat and humidity makes all of us face sweaters. Welcome to the club bitches! Just kidding, but I am here to share my expertise on how to make your makeup sweat proof. Your only options shouldn't be having to be bare faced, or having your makeup melt off and look freaky. Follow this few quick tips and find out how to make your makeup last through anything.
Start with your skin care
You need a good base for any good makeup base, but especially when trying to prevent your makeup sliding off your face. Check out the in depth article all about Summer Skin Care here.
The key points are stick to lightweight multi tasking products. Also any oil absorbing moisturizers and products can help absorb some excess moisture.
This seems obvious but so obvious sometimes people forget. Switch your mascara to a waterproof formula. Many eyeliners are waterproof check if yours already is. The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner is an amazing product that will survive anything. Any brow pomades such as the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow is also solid. That brow product will survive humidity, heat, water, and nuclear war. There are plenty of foundations that are long lasting and water resistant. I will go more into this later. Liquid lipstick is also a great choice for lip color as there are so many whos formula will. not. budge.
To Cream or Not to Cream?
A general rule of thumb is to avoid heavy or cream products that can crack or melt. Cream foundations are the original foundations created to be used by old school movie stars on hot sets. Personally I have found the cream foundations to melt off my face if I sweat. I have also found that cream eye shadow will keep your look through anything. I went snorkeling in humid Puerto Rico and after getting back on the boat, a stranger was shocked and amazed my smokey eye stayed perfect. I will also talk about a product that can make any powder product waterproof in the Miracle Products section below.
I am so dependent on my setting sprays. I literally douse myself in it. For best results spritz your face between steps and layers in your makeup, to set it each product during application. You can also spray throughout the day to refresh throughout the day. Pro Tip: Store your setting spray in the fridge for a cooling effect as well. The two most effective settings sprays are the Urban Decay setting sprays and the Skindinavia setting sprays. The Urban Decay ones are actually made by Skindinavia if you read the bottle. All three versions Up All Night, De-Slick, and Cool Down are great so whichever you prefer.
Powder Products and Setting Powder
Powder products can help aid in absorbing some excess moisture just like oil control products. Pro Tip: Even if you are not oily, oil control products will help you with face sweating. You always want to set your foundation/face if you used a cream/liquid with a powder/setting powder before continuing on with with other powder products. If you try to go in with a powder contour without changing the texture to match, it will not blend. It will stick right where you placed it. Once I get to my powder products (contour, highlight, bronzer, and blush) I am almost using my translucent setting powder and setting spray after each individual product to make sure that sticks.
3 Must Have Miracle Products
1. Makeup Forever Aqua Seal, this is the product that I mentioned that can change any powder product into a waterproof product. You could hypothetically make a powder foundation waterproof with this but it could be a pain. If you have any products you just absol
utely love and are hellbent on using for a certain summer look, this will be your best friend.
2. Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation, this is also one of those makeup products that can survive a nuclear bomb. This foundation is sweat proof, waterproof, humidity proof, and also a fuller coverage you can actually wear in this weather without melting. So if you are looking for a full coverage foundation that won't melt, this one is for you. Also they just came out with a lighter formula that is the same budge proof formula but not as thick feeling or full coverage.
3. Mac Prime and Prep Fix +, lastly the grand finale and MVP product I can't live without! This product has a few really cool uses. The first of course you can use it as a primer. You can also use it as a setting/refresher spray. It is not your typical setting spray. This product can take all of the layers of makeup on your face and combine them into one. This is the best refresher because if anything does start to separate, it will fix it and reactivate your makeup again, and set it again too once it dries. Also if you want a powder product to pop more spray your brush with some Fix + before dipping in the powder and applying it. I typically use this for eye shadows and my cheekbone highlight.