Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup Tips

As lovely as it is to have nice weather in Summer, it can be a nightmare for makeup wearers.  Most of the time, I wear as little as possible because no matter what I do, my makeup slides about.  For the days that I do feel like wearing makeup, I use the following tips and products to achieve sweat-proof summer makeup that will keep my face looking fresh for as long as possible.

Sweat Proof Summer Makeup Stephanie Swan

Prepping and priming your skin

Moisturising //  Even if you have oily skin, you need to use a moisturiser.  Remember that moisturiser puts water back in to your skin, not oil.  Hydrating your skin with a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser such as the Clarins Ulta-Matte Rebalancing Lotion stops your skin becoming dehydrated.  Drinking lots of water will help too, because if your skin thinks it’s dehydrated, it will produce more oil.

Priming // Using a primer is a key step for sweat-proofing your making.  Choose something that is formulated to be long-lasting and mattifying such as the Becca Ever-Matte Priming Perfector or the Esteé Lauder’s The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer.  I’ve heard good things about the Mehron Skin Prep toning primer, so I’m going to be giving that a try soon.

Fixing Spray //  Make sure to get a spray that was created to hold your makeup in place.  Setting sprays such as MAC Fix+ melt your powder into your foundation to make your base look fresher, not to keep oils and sweat at bay.  The Skindinavia Oil Control spray works great for helping to stop your base sliding all over the place in the heat.  Make sure to spray your skin before and after applying your base products for the best results.


Base Makeup

The best way for your base to look nice in the heat is to wear as little as possible.  If you can, skip foundation completely and just spot conceal.  I find that using fake tan on my face evens out my skin tone so I don’t have to use any foundation, then I only apply the tiniest amount of concealer if I need it.

Foundation // If going foundation-free is absolutely out of the question, choose a pigmented matte formula such as Estée Lauder Double Wear and apply the thinnest layer you can.

Concealer // My go-to longwearing concealer is Tarte Shape Tape.  It’s also incredibly pigmented, so you only need a very small amount.

Powder // Powdering your skin will help keep sweat and oil under control, taking away that dreaded shiny skin.  I use the RCMA No Colour Powder  and apply it with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  I try not to apply too much powder as it can separate when you sweat. Spraying your face with a fixing spray after melts the fine layer of powder in to the skin so it doesn’t look at cakey.

Blotting Paper // To soak up any excess oil that breaks through your base, use a piece of blotting paper.  These remove oil from your skin without disturbing your base makeup underneath.  Blotting papers are a better option than adding more powder to mattify your face, as layering powder can get really cakey really quickly.  The NYX Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Papers are great and super affordable.


Eye Makeup

Mascara // In the heat, I make sure to powder the areas where my eyelashes smudge – my brow bone and under-eyes.  This helps stop the oil from my skin interfering with my mascara and causing it to smudge. Most people recommend using a waterproof mascara, however, it just doesn’t work for me.  As I have super oily lids, I avoid waterproof mascara at all costs.  You might think that it would be longer lasting, but it’s the opposite in the heat.  Sweat mixes with the oil from my skin – oil breaks down oil – and waterproof mascaras are oil-based.  Even non-waterproof mascaras with a higher oil content or ones that are a glossy black can smudge really easily in the heat.    If you’re not as oily, you may be able to wear waterproof formulae without an issue though!

Eyeshadow and Primer // Honestly, I avoid eyeshadow in the heat as my eyelids are unbelievably oily and everything creases no matter what I do.  However, if you do want to wear eyeshadow, opt for long-wearing products and make sure you prime your lids first.  The NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is the best one I’ve found for the warm weather.  A light layer of a long lasting cream shadow such as the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are a good option either on their own, or as a base for powder shadow on top.  Thin layers of product work best, so try not to apply too much in one go.


Lips Products 

Creamy lipstick formulae will most likely slide and smudge in the warm weather – especially if it’s a bright colour – so best to avoid these if possible.  If you really want to wear a bold colour, I’d recommend choosing a liquid lipstick such as The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes.  They last all day, are transfer-proof and don’t leave your lips feeling dry.  In the heat I usually like to just wear a something slightly tinted and glossy.  I’ve been loving the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in the shade 04, a beautiful pink shade that keeps my lips looking hydrated without being sticky.  There are 8 shades to choose from, ranging from an almost-clear shade all the way to a purple – definitely something for everyone!


What are your go-to products for sweat-proof makeup?  Let me know your tips!


Steph, xo


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