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How to Keep Summer Makeup From Slip-Sliding off Your Face

The temperature is nearing triple digits, and it’s all we can do to stop ourselves from running through the neighbor’s sprinkler system. But your face doesn't have to resemble a Salvador Dalí painting. Makeup artist Reiva Cruze has tips that will ensure that you look fresh even when it’s hot, hot, hot.


Before you even think about summertime makeup, you need a base that will keep it set. Cruze recommends a mattifier: “You can mix it in with tinted moisturizer or sunscreen. It will absorb the moisture from the inside out, which is what you want when it’s hot and humid.” We love PETER THOMAS ROTH’s Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel. Polysilicone-II absorbs excess oil, while silica makes your pores look teeny-tiny.

Wait Before Layering

Since you’ll likely be layering at least an SPF-packed moisturizer (and possibly other products) under your makeup, leave time for each layer to be absorbed into skin. Place your face in front of a fan or air conditioner to make sure each product is set (and for a refreshing blast of cool) before moving on. Finish by using a fan brush to lightly dust translucent finishing powder all over your face.

Go Easy on the Eyes

Since humidity and sweat tend to cause eye makeup to crease and smear, Cruze recommends skipping heavy eye makeup in favor of a "clean, beautiful black mascara and a neutral or tan shimmer pigment for the lid.” Go for a waterproof mascara like Cruze’s favorite, Maybelline Great Lash, or a tubing mascara like blinc, which won’t flake or smudge without water and cleanser.

Focus on Lips

Unlike your eye makeup, summer is the perfect time to go bold with your lip color. Cruze recommends a chubby lip pencil like NARS Satin Lip Pencil or one of our favorites, LAQA & Co Fat Lip Pencil. For lasting pigment, we’re huge fans of ModelCo’s Party Proof Lipstick. The concentrated lipstick will survive even the messiest summer backyard barbecue.


No matter how much you prep, in this weather you'll need to do touch-up triages throughout the day. Cruze suggests blotting skin with a tissue or blotting papers before reapplying any products. In this weather, all you probably need is a dash of light powder.Try Pür Minerals Enhanced 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with Skincare Ingredients, which will even out your complexion without clogging pores.

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