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.
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.
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.
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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