Sweat Proof Makeup for Summer

15 Summer Makeup Tips to Sweat-Proof Your Look, According to Makeup Artists
Summer is full of wonderful things — but melting foundation, smeared eyeliner and super-sticky lipstick are not
among them. So we asked top makeup artists and our very own experts from the Good Housekeeping Institute’s
Beauty Lab to spill their best summer makeup tips, including looks, brands and products to wear for keeping your
face looking natural, fresh and pretty, even when you’re sweating on hot days.

  1. Start with the right moisturizer
    The way you care for your skin is just as important as the makeup you apply on it. “Use an oil-free
    moisturizer in the morning,” recommends Fiona Stiles,
    a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles, and opt for
    an oil-free foundation formula to match. These will be
    less likely to leave your face greasy throughout the
    day, especially in the heat. The Good Housekeeping
    Institute Beauty Lab rounded up their top picks for face
    moisturizers so you know what to look for.
    Oil-Free Face Moisturizers
  2. Layer on sun protection
    Besides hydrating your skin, you also want to make sure it’s properly protected from the sun — and that
    means wearing broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every single day, even under your makeup.
    (Applying makeup over sunburned skin is not fun!)

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    You should be re-applying sunscreen every two hours, but that can be hard when you’re out and about
    — especially when you don’t want to use your hands. GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina
    Wizemann swears by this sunscreen trick she adopted from makeup artist Erica Whalen that involves
    repurposing an empty makeup compact:
    ● Use dish soap to clean an old liquid foundation compact and cushion. Let dry.
    ● Soak the cushion with your favorite face sunscreen inside the compact.
    ● To re-apply, dip a sponge applicator into the cushion and dab on your face.
    Alternatively, try using a sunscreen powder for reapplication, which can be dusted on top of your
  2. Invest in a powerhouse makeup primer
    You won’t regret the few seconds it takes to apply a makeup primer, which goes on after moisturizer but
    before face makeup. “Primers are definitely the way to go in summer,” says Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks,
    a celebrity makeup artist in New York City. “They really help hold makeup in place without feeling like a
    heavy additional layer.” Try Good Housekeeping Seal star No7 Airbrush Away Primer, which uses
    hyaluronic acid to help soften wrinkles and blur imperfections — all while keeping your makeup on your
  3. Wear less makeup
    If you want to prevent your makeup from creasing and caking, say it with us: Less is more. “If you can,
    just use a tinted moisturizer and a concealer where you need it,” says Stiles. “Makeup likes to move
    around when it’s hot, so the best way to avoid that is to wear less of it.”
  4. Glow up with some bronzer
    “Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to
    their skin,” says Troy Surratt, a makeup artist in NYC and founder of Surratt Beauty.
    To keep the results looking fresh and natural, he recommends applying bronzer just
    to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: your forehead,
    cheekbones, chin and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that
    fake, baked look that’s a major bronzer mistake.)
    Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply and least likely to slip around in summer
    heat. Look for one that contains varying shades — they’ll blend together for the
    most authentic-looking results. You can also sweep a little bronzer onto your neck to
    blend, especially if you have short hair or are wearing a pony tail.
  1. Skip the shimmer
    Everyone loves a nice dewy glow, but there’s a big difference between a healthy radiance and an
    over-the-top shine. “Avoid cream foundations or anything too luminous, as the humidity will make you
    extra shiny and sweaty-looking if you have too much sparkle on your skin,” Stiles advises.
  2. Go for sheer shades
    “Rich, deep colors have their place, but they can look heavy in summer,” Surratt says. To lighten up your
    look, switch to sheer versions of your go-to lip and eye colors. Use a lipliner pre-application if you need
    extra definition, but go for a nude shade to keep that carefree feeling, or try “invisible” lip liner, which
    deposits a clear, waxy film to stop color from bleeding. Bonus: Because sheer colors are subtler, you
    almost can’t go overboard.
  3. Give your shadow staying power
    For longer-lasting eyeshadow, avoid using eye cream on your lids (it can break down makeup), and
    smooth on an eye primer instead. “It will minimize creasing and create a base for the shadow to cling to
    so it lasts longer,
  4. Ditch the powder blush
    Blush adds balance and healthiness to any look, but if you’re still using the same powdery formula, your
    flush might be getting cake-y faster than it takes to get to work in the morning. “Stains are great for
    longevity in hot weather,” Stiles says. “Use a gel or blush stain, then blend a touch of a cream blush on
    top of it.” Try GH Beauty Award winner Giorgio Armani Neo-Nude A-Blush. One tester said it’s “like that
    healthy vibrance your cheeks get after a jog out in the cold, but in a bottle.”
    Pro tip: Want to increase its wear? Dust a light, invisible setting powder on top. Just be sure not to get
    too heavy-handed; you want to lock your look, not mattify it.
  1. Play with fun, vibrant colors
    Just as you’re probably more likely to wear a vivid top or carry a bright bag this season, now’s the
    perfect time to amp up the colors in your makeup palette. Besides looking summery, “livelier colors
    brighten the face and bring a youthful glow to skin,” Surratt says. If you tend to stick with neutrals,
    experiment with just one area of your face, like a punchy blush on the apples of the cheeks, a colored
    eyeliner, or a poppy sheer lip color.
  2. Replace shininess with dewiness
    A slick T-zone instantly telegraphs “I’m hot” — and not in a good way. To eliminate unsightly shine in
    seconds, nothing beats blotting papers. “They’re cheap and easy — you just press and go,” Sheriff says.
    If you need to perk up your makeup too, blot first, then follow up with a pressed powder with a hint of
    luminescence. “You want to eliminate shine, but you still want to look a little glow-y, especially in
    summer,” Surratt adds.
  3. Swap heavy lipsticks for lip stains
    Toss your heavy matte lipsticks for the summer and try the season’s simplest trend: lip stains. These
    long-lasting formulas offer sheer coverage that can be built up, making them super versatile. “Stains are
    lovely because you can always add a lip balm for moisture without worrying about the color traveling,”
    Stiles notes. For the best of both worlds, try GH Beauty Award winner Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver
    Balm, which doubles as a balm and a stain. Try sweet pink or peach shades for a traditional summery
    look, or go bold with tangerine and grape colors for something more daring.
  4. Try waterproof versions of favorite products
    Love to swim? Don’t worry about getting raccoon eyes — there are lots of amazing long-wear makeup
    products out there these days. “Invest in a good waterproof mascara, or if you’re blonde, get your
    eyelashes tinted,” Stiles advises. Check out our beauty editors’ favorite waterproof makeup!
  5. Stow mini cosmetics in your purse
    Never look oily in a photo again by staying prepared with purse-size products that are perfect for toting
    so you can fix your makeup on the go, like a translucent powder compact with an included applicator.
    “Carrying blotting papers is another great way to whisk away the sweat and oil without piling on more
    product,” Stiles says. Plus, you never know when your lip color will need a touch-up.
  6. Always finish with a setting spray
    The final step in getting your makeup to last all day and night is to spritz on a makeup setting spray to
    seal in your look. The GH Beauty Lab recommends Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray: In
    evaluations, a tester said, “I definitely noticed my makeup lasting longer throughout the day, and I didn’t
    get as slick or shiny as usual