Melt-Proof Makeup

When it’s a thousand degrees outside, your normal beauty routine won’t cut it. Luckily, we’ve got products to ensure that your makeup doesn’t melt off the moment you step out the door. From primers to tinted moisturizer to waterproof eyeliner, here are the best ways to beat the heat.

Lighten Up

Save heavier makeup for sweater season. Swap your liquid foundation or powder for a tinted moisturizer with SPF. You’ll still have coverage but it’ll wear better in the heat, and has the added bonus of sun protection. Our personal favorite: Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint, an oil-free formula with light-diffusing minerals to give you a healthy glow.

Prime Time

The most crucial step in your summer makeup routine is prepping your skin with a primer. Not only does it shrink pores and smooth over fine lines, but it also works to keep your makeup in place. Laura Geller’s silicone-based Spackle goes on smoothly and dries to a completely matte finish, while smashbox cosmetics' Photo Finish Primer uses vitamins A and E, grape seed extract, and green tea to smooth out skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. When we know we're going to be outside for a while, we turn to NARS Primer with SPF 20+ hydrates and protects skin from the sun. Don’t forget to prime your eyelids, which are one of the oiliest parts of your body. stila’s waterproof prime pot is both a concealer and a primer in one — we even wear it solo for a natural look.

Pretty Stains

When it comes to your lips and cheeks, ditch the smeary lipsticks and heavy blushes. Instead, opt for humidity-proof lip and cheek stains. RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek double-duty pots give you color for both areas and are formulated with high-quality organic ingredients, so they’re good for your skin and won’t clog your pores. The silky formulas blend in effortlessly, and the two-in-one aspect makes touchups a breeze.

In Line

Sweat, oil, water—when it’s hot out, your favorite eyeliner is sure to end up a smudgey mess below your eyes. To stave off the unattractive raccoon look, choose a liquid waterproof liner, like stila’s stay all day. The felt-tip applicator is both goof-proof and precise, and the formula will stay on through a downpour (or a day at the water park).

Put It On Paper

No matter how many great products in your arsenal, you’re still going to sweat. Do not — we repeat — do not cake on layer after layer of powder to try to mitigate t-zone shine. Instead, keep a pack of blotting paper in your purse for discreet touchups. Tatcha’s Aburatorigami Blotting Papers are our favorite because they remove excess oil without smudging makeup or leaving a powdery finish. Plus, they have decorative gold leaf, so you look elegant even while you’re de-oiling.

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