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7 Tips for Sweat-Proof, Waterproof Foundation

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H2O+ Beauty Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream is a light, oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated but shine-free.

The easiest way to minimize pores and eliminate oil before braving the heat? Start your routine with toner, like NO B.S. Purifying Facial Toner (which you can scoop up on ipsy Shopper). The oil-busting blend of salicylic acid, witch hazel, and tea tree oil acts as an instant face refresher and mattifier. Then, top it with a light, oil-free moisturizer (we’re loving H20+ BEAUTY Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream) to stay hydrated without crazy shine.

Smashbox Cosmetics Studio Fix Concealer is water, humidity, and sweat-resistant.


It might seem obvious, but choosing makeup that’s formulated specifically to withstand searing temps will last longer if you break a sweat. Case in point? SMASHBOX COSMETICS Studio Skin Concealer. This triple threat is water, sweat, and humidity-resistant—which means there’s much less of a chance of it sliding around, even in seriously scorching conditions. Lori’s tip? “In summer less is always more, so I use this concealer instead of foundation. It melts into the skin, doesn’t look cakey, and since it’s crazy long-wearing (it lasts for a full 24-hours!) you can forget about touch ups.”

A model uses blotting papers to whisk away shine.


We’re obsessed with using blotting papers to stop perspiration and oil in its tracks. The best part? They’re portable, practical, and so easy to you use that you don’t even need a mirror. When you’re feeling a little *too* glowy, dab a blotting paper (like these CATRICE COSMETICS All Matt Anti-Shine Papers, which you can score on ipsy Shopper) over your forehead, nose, and chin and voila—it’ll lift away the grime, but keep your makeup in place.

Jaleesa Moses applies Ofra Cool as a Cucumber primer to her cheeks.


Most of us apply our makeup right after showering, but since your body temperature is already raised, it’ll make your formulas sink in faster—which means the pigments break down way quicker. Instead, give yourself 10-15 minutes to cool off or splash some ice cold H2O on your face if you’re in a serious time crunch. Next, smooth on a cooling primer (we love OFRA Cool as a Cucumber Primer, available on ipsy Shopper), then apply your complexion products.

A collection of Manna Kadar Flawless Finish Dual Powders.


“Liquid and cream complexion formulas need a little help in the battle against heat and humidity this time of year. So it’s important to set your look with powder,” says Lori. Dusting some sheer powder over your foundation (like MANNA KADAR COSMETICS Flawless Finish Dual Powder) will lock in your look, mattify, and save you from a potential complexion meltdown.

A model spritzes on some face mist.


These skin savers feel incredible, help set your makeup, and keep your complexion nice and dewy (but not oily). And since you apply by spritzing, you don’t have to touch your face—which is the last thing you want to do when perspiration is at play. We recommend popping one like JUICE BEAUTY Hydrating Mist in your fridge (at work, home, or both) and misting all over anytime you need a refreshing, chilly pick-me-up.

A swatch of Luscious Cosmetics Contour Kit Duo.


Heatwave got the best of you? Don’t ~sweat~ it. When all else fails, embrace the dewiness! Skip the foundation and add a touch of highlighter (like the shimmery one from LUSCIOUS COSMETICS Contour Kit Duo) to your cheekbones, swipe on a pretty bold lip, and let your skin breathe.

WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED! A few ipsters dished on their own sweat-proof skincare tips:

“Go light on the makeup! I use mostly powder and waterproof mascara. And I keep a paper towel handy to pat my face if I get too sweaty.” -Krystal, 32, Mena, Arkansas (@kcavelli)

“Go with the glow. Wear sunscreen and sparingly use a concealer that matches your skin tone instead of trying to mess with heavy foundations.” -Tanya, 22, New York, New York (@tan_yasss)

“I skip foundation altogether and just wear tinted sunscreen.” -Loulou, 37,  Los Angeles, California (@louiseandrolia)

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Article Last Updated September 20, 2019 12:00 AM