How To Keep Your Makeup Fresh In Hot Weather

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5 awesome tips on how to keep your makeup looking awesome in hot weather! #makeup #summer #beauty #howto

I know a lot of people love summer and think that it is the sexiest time of year but I have to confess something to you all: I absolutely loathe this season. I’m totally that person that would rather be cold than hot so when the temperatures start creeping up I just get more and more miserable by the day. Add that to the fact that I’m pretty sure nobody looks good while sweating (well, except for Channing Tatum) and you have my perfect recipe for disaster. The real question is, though, HOW on earth do we keep our makeup looking good when it’s 100 degrees outside? 
Trust me when I say this: Makeup setting sprays aren’t enough (and I’ve tried them all!) There’s nothing we can do to 100% save our makeup from what I like to call “The Summer Slide” but there are a few different things that will help the makeup fade not be so obvious.

1) Wear a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation
Yes, I know, not everyone has perfect skin (myself included!) so it might be a little scary to reach for something that gives light coverage at best. Trust me, though, when your full coverage foundation starts to wear off because of sweat and your makeup is looking patchy in all the wrong spots you’re going to wish you had just skipped all that drama by applying something lightweight. Tinted Moisturizer doesn’t fade off as harshly as a heavier foundation does so you’ll never look crazy.
My Reccomendation: Almay Smart Shade CC Cream
2) Rely on concealer for coverage, not foundation
Sort of piggybacking off of tip #1, if you really more coverage then use a tinted moisturizer as your base and then use concealer where you need a bit more coverage. That way when your makeup starts to slip & slide all over your face you won’t be left with patches of discoloration from where your foundation is no longer attached to your face. It is much easier to touch up a few spots with concealer than it is to try to save a face that’s experienced “The Summer Slide.”

3) Utilize Cream Products Where Possible
When powder (such as blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, etc) mixes with sweat it creates a finish on the skin that is not so cute. I keep referring to makeup looking “patchy” and that is exactly what your face will look like if you use powder products on a hot day. Because cream based products are much more emollient they can withstand a little bit of moisture and will stay looking fresh longer than standard powder versions will. 
My Recommendation: NYX Cream Blush
4) Reach For Waterproof Eyeliner and Mascara

I know, I know, it’s SUCH a pain to remove but think of it this way: Nobody wants (unintentional) raccoon eyes! I think this one is pretty self explanatory but waterproof products hold up much better to sweat and humidity so your eye makeup will have a better chance of survival. 

My recommendation: Inglot Gel Eyeliner & Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara (waterproof)

5) Avoid Matte Lipstick

You all know that I LOVE bright, bold lips. I also love reaching for matte lipstick when I want to wear bright lips because of the staying power. Unfortunately for me, though, I don’t think extremely hot days are the best time to rock this particular look. When the temperatures are rising and your makeup is sliding the last thing you want is to have what I like to refer to as “crazy face” with bright lipstick. In my opinion it just draws attention to your face during a time that you might not want everyone staring at you. People are much less likely to notice makeup meltdown when everything is fading seamlessly, ya know? That’s why I prefer to reach for tinted lip balm, lip gloss, stain, or something along those lines. You can still have a gorgeous, bright lip but leave it lightweight and you’ll be good to go. 
(I’m fully aware that talking about the staying power of matte lipstick like it’s a bad thing makes me sound crazy.)
My recommendation: OCC Cosmetics Stained Glass Lip Tar
And don’t forget to wear sunscreen! If you’re going to be outside you absolutely need to be wearing sun protection.
What are your favorite tips for keeping summer makeup light and wearable? Comment below and let me know!
Until next time :)
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Casey is a 20-something beauty blogger living in New York City with her two miniature dachshunds. When she's not out scouring the local market for the latest and greatest beauty products she can be found playing tourist around NYC, watching Grey's Anatomy marathons, and dreaming of moving back to Europe.


  1. Toxic V.

    June 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Great tips :D

  2. Stesha

    June 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I have already got my waterprrof mascara, tinted moisturizer, and sunscreen!! bring it on summer!


  3. SheerBeauty (Kayla)

    June 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Nice tips!

  4. Arielle

    June 26, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I have never used concealer as a foundation but I see a lot of people do that. Great tips!

  5. Alyssa

    June 27, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Love all these! I just got a waterproof blush from Cargo that I loooooove. It was great to have at the beach last week.

  6. Kath TheFabZilla

    July 1, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Amen to all you just said. Less is more during summertime.

  7. Endless Summer

    July 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Great tips for such hot weather!

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