How to sweatproof your makeup like a pro (really!)

As the earth spins along its journey around the sun, signs of summer are revealing themselves more and more, from the symphony of morning birdsongs, to the blooming flowers, and especially, notably longer, sunnier days - provoking further anticipation for the warmer season ahead.


The feeling is almost tangible: imagining ourselves frolicking through wineries, eating lunch beachside or poolside, dancing through the night, and soaking up all that summer has to offer. However, the reality seldomly matches the dream...


We've all been there where we've planned a perfect seasonal outing, chosen our Instagrammable outfits, and styled our hair and makeup just-so. We embark on the day with enthusiasm, charisma and confidence, only to find ourselves braving the summer humidity and heat 2 hours into the journey and realizing that our mascara and foundation have escaped from their respective places on our face and trickled their way down, emphasizing our looks of sheer horror we express in the mirror.


It's a tale that we've heard time and time again, but don't worry - you don't have to be the one who didn't make it out alive. We've done all the hard work, so you don't have to, to ensure that this summer is all magic, minus the makeup mishaps. 


Scroll on to learn how to weatherproof your makeup so well that heat, sweat and humidity don't even stand a chance!



“... it's best to take a minimalist approach and opt for lightweight, gel-cream or fluid formulas.


A stay-put base starts with the right skin prep

Just like an artist preps his canvas, applying makeup to well-prepared skin will make or break how it behaves throughout the day - especially when hot temperatures, moisture and perspiration are included in the mix.


Since all these factors can have your skin feeling heavy, it's best to take a minimalist approach and opt for lightweight, breathable gel-cream or fluid formulas instead of heavy, rich creams. If you can include an option that pulls double duty, like a tinted moisturizer, it will also save you time and extra layers on your skin. 


Summer skincare prep
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What does an ideal summer skincare routine look like?

  • 01

    Purifying cleanser

    A gentle gel cleanser for oily skin types or a lightweight cleansing balm for drier skins can help to regulate oil production from the start while preventing buildup and breakouts.

  • 02

    Hydrating toner

    Toner can remove any residues from cleansing while sealing in more hydration, keeping the skin happier and sweat-free for longer.

  • 03

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    Hydrating and brightening serum

    A serum with Vitamin C, Niacinamide and/or Hyaluronic Acid is a good option to further plump the skin without weighing it down.

    Lightweight moisturizer/tinted moisturizer

    Smooth out your base with a gel-cream or lightweight moisturizer. If it's tinted, you can skip the foundation!

    Protect with SPF

    Choose a mattifying oil-free SPF fluid or lightweight formula to protect against sunburn, premature aging & melanoma

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“During the warmer months, it's better to look for [a primer] that's lightweight, oil-free and mattifying if you're prone to shine throughout the day.


Don't be shy when it comes to primer

Primer is often an overlooked step in a person's skincare and makeup routine, but finding the right one to extend your makeup's wear and blur imperfections can be a life saver. 


During the warmer months, it's better to look for one that's lightweight, oil-free and mattifying if you're prone to shine throughout the day


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“If you want to make an impact, eye makeup is a good way to do it, especially with innovations like smudge-proof and water-resistant mascaras and eye liners...


Waterproof eye makeup goes a long way

When it comes to makeup in the midst of summer, our motto is "less is more." Instead of applying heavy foundations and contour, try focusing on letting the skin breathe and only apply concealer on specific areas to unify the skin tone.


If you want to make an impact, eye makeup is a good way to do it, especially with innovations like smudge-proof and water-resistant mascaras and eye liners to achieve a put-together look without risking a makeup meltdown.

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“... it's best to take a minimalist approach and opt for lightweight, gel-cream or fluid formulas.


Powder is your ally on a hot day

Just like an artist preps his canvas, applying makeup to well-prepared skin will make or break how it behaves throughout the day - especially when hot temperatures, moisture and perspiration are included in the mix.


Since all these factors can have your skin feeling heavy, it's best to take a minimalist approach and opt for lightweight, breathable gel-cream or fluid formulas instead of heavy, rich creams. If you can include an option that pulls double duty, like a tinted moisturizer, it will also save you time and extra layers on your skin.  


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“... setting of fixing sprays are an excellent way to perfect any mishaps, extend makeup wear and add a layer of extra hydration.


Seal it in with a good setting/fixing spray

Once you've applied all your makeup and are happy with the look, setting or fixing sprays are an excellent way to perfect any mishaps, extend makeup wear and add a layer of extra hydration.


Just spray it evenly over your face after makeup application to reap the benefits!


Set it & forget it!
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All in all, summer days are meant to be enjoyed, and having a flawless makeup look makes for one less thing to worry about! With these pro tips, you'll be sure to look your best for all those scenic photos you're planning on posting as you spend your days out and about in the warm weather.



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