Fun in the sun doesn’t have to mean hiding behind your glasses or opening up your camera app to check your makeup every other minute. Despite what a little bit of time under the hot summer sun might have you think, it’s possible to not immediately sweat off your BB cream and concealer. With a little bit of extra effort, you can make your makeup look sweat-proof and avoid having to blacklist outdoor activities. Follow along for eight low maintenance, hot weather-friendly, sweat-proof makeup tips that will keep you looking fresh, no matter how high the humidity gets.
sweat proof makeup TIP #1: START WITH A STRONG BASE
In order to achieve a sweat-proof makeup look, you need to start off strong, and that means getting the base of your makeup look right. It’s a good idea to stick with products with waterproof or longwear formulas, as they won’t wipe right off when things start to get sweaty. Use a high-performance concealer, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage, as well as a long-lasting foundation, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight.
sweat proof makeup TIP #2: use longwear formuLAS
Similarly, when it comes to your eye makeup, you’ll want to stick with longwear formulas that won’t budge when you sweat. For your eyebrows, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Unbelievabrow Longwear Waterproof Brow Gel, which will thicken your brows for a bold look that will last and last. Choose a waterproof mascara formula, like the L'Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Waterproof Mascara Blackest Black, as well, and don’t forget about switching to a waterproof eyeliner, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner.
sweat proof makeup TIP #3: PROTECT BEFORE YOU PREVENT
You know, on a sunny day, keeping your makeup from melting straight off your face isn’t the only thing that matters. Yes, it’s important, but you’ll also want to make sure you’re keeping your skin safe from the sun’s damaging rays. After all, it could help you maintain a youthful glow for years to come. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF value of at least 15, every day—regardless of whether or not you’ll be sweating up a storm. If you’re worried SPF may make you greasy, don’t leave it out of your routine. Instead, look for a sunscreen with a matte finish. You can also try a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.
sweat proof makeup TIP #4: DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH CLEANSING
You aren’t imagining it; your skin may get extra shiny during the summer. Still, don’t let that tempt you to over-wash your face. Use a facial cleanser formulated for your skin type no more than twice a day—once in the morning and again at night. To help fend off shine, try using one of our best facial cleansers for oily skin, the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, which leaves skin with a matte finish.
sweat proof makeup TIP #5: SIMPLIFY YOUR MAKEUP REGIMEN
Nothing’s worse on a sweltering day than going for a natural, beachy look and ending up with thick, cakey makeup. It’s a makeup meltdown waiting to happen! To prevent clogged pores and patchy smears, go as light as you can with your face makeup by choosing lightweight formulas that are also long-wearing. A good goal is makeup that’s sheer enough to allow your sun-kissed skin to peek through, while still covering up any imperfections. And since your natural flush is visible, you can probably skip the blush—one less step to hold you back from hitting the beach. One last thing, before you call it a day on your face makeup, be sure to sweep a mattifying face powder over your face. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pro-Matte Face Powder, which is long-lasting and oil-free.
sweat proof makeup TIP #6: DON’T FORGET YOUR LIPS
Lips are often overlooked when it comes to sun protection, even though the tender skin on your pout is incredibly susceptible to sun damage. Shield them with a tinted lip color formulated with SPF, or—if you want color with more staying power—layer a liquid lipstick over a conditioning lip balm with SPF. For a pop of pink, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick in Candyman.
sweat proof makeup TIP #7: SET EVERYTHING WITH A SPRAY
Sometimes, when you’re at your sweatiest, thoughtful product picks aren’t enough to keep your products on your face. To avoid succumbing to those occasions, don’t forget to lock in your look with a few spritzes of a makeup setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.
SWEAT PROOF MAKEUP TIP #8: KEEP BLOTTING SHEETS ON HAND
It’s always smart to have a backup plan. So, if things don’t go as anticipated and your face starts to look sweaty, reach for blotting sheets. Keep them in your purse to soak up excess shine at a moment’s notice.
Have a feeling you’ll need to update your skin care routine to suit the sweatiest season of the year? Head over to our article, 3 Clear Skin Tips for Humid Weather, to get your routine in shape.