Tips to keep your makeup melt-proof this summer

Trying to keep makeup from melting off your face during the long hot days of summer can be frustrating.

Here are some makeup tips and tricks to help you — and your face — stay cool.

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You’re hot stuff

How can you keep your makeup from melting and smearing on hot days?

One solution is going with a long-wearing matte foundation and powder, but that tends to feel heavy (and practically screams, “I’m wearing makeup”). A sheer light foundation or BB cream could work, but they often won’t make it through lunch, especially when the combination of heat and humidity hits.

Fortunately, there is a way to achieve fresh-faced results in summer weather. The Paula’s Choice Research Team has some innovative new makeup techniques and inexpensive product recommendations — all tested for the most sweltering months of the year.

Step 1: Setting for success

Makeup primers are one option for keeping makeup in place, but adding another layer isn’t the best idea if skin is going to feel sticky and damp.

Our suggestion: Skip the primer and reach for a mineral-based (titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide) sunscreen formulated for oily to combination skin. Many mineral-based sunscreens have a naturally dry, powdery finish that keeps makeup in place, while protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

Try Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 or SkinCeuticals Daily Physical UV Defense SPF 30+.

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Step 2: Go sheer, but do it the right way

It’s best to avoid wearing a super-matte or full-coverage makeup on sunny, hot summer days. It can feel uncomfortable and look overly made up, especially in the bright summer sun. Instead, opt for a sheer foundation and use a fine-tip brush to target blotchy spots with a long-wearing concealer. Be sure to set the concealer with a loose powder for all-day wear.

Consider Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup SPF 20 or M.A.C. Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation. For concealers, check out Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer or Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer SPF 25.

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Step 3: The (really) creaseless shadow trick

Hot, humid days often make a mess of eye makeup, but layering a water resistant cream-to-powder shadow under a matte powder shadow will provide a truly melt-proof result. Even as the temperatures rise, this duo will not budge once applied.

For cream-to-powder, water-resistant shadows, try Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow or L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow, and check out the powder shadows from NYX Cosmetics for a superior quality and color range.

Step 4: Lip color that lasts

Problem: Standard lipsticks or lip-glosses always work in any weather, but a smile can look better all day with the long-wearing — yet light — lip products from Stila or Kat Von D. These withstand heat, humidity, drinking, and in most cases, even eating.

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A swipe of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick or Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in the morning will last at least half the workday before a touch-up is necessary.

Step 5: Sweat-proof lashes

When the everyday mascara just won’t stay put in hot weather, waterproof can be a great way to go — but not all are created equal. For lift and length, the tiny brush of Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara is a cinch to apply. For thick, a full and defined lash look, ULTA Waterproof Amped Lashes Volume + Defining Mascara is one of our favorites — and both of these are inexpensive.

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