I’m finally back home after a long (but great!) freshman year. I’ve been having so much fun catching up with my family and seeing my friends. I’ve only been back for a little over a week, but I’ve already jumped right back into my summer job.
Even though I’m inside in the A/C at work, the heat here in Missouri still gets to me – and to think, I was just complaining about how cold Chicago is! I can’t be a total hypocrite and whine about the 90° weather. However, when my foundation is sliding around my face, my hair is a puff of frizz and I’m sweating through all of my clothes, something’s gotta give.
I know I’m not the only one who has these issues in the summer, so I thought I’d share my tips in a few posts. First up: beauty.
Check out my favorite sweat proof makeup picks below, and don’t forget to check out my favorite sweat proof hair products, too!
I used to be a die-hard Iconic Photo Finish primer fan, but I was converted to this formula after accidentally purchasing the wrong one. While the Iconic formula is your typical thick, semi-opaque primer, the finish is greasy and it doesn’t really sink in to your skin. The Light formula, however, feels more like a lightweight moisturizer that mattifies your skin without looking flat and leaves it feeling so soft.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light – Sephora, $36
I’ve raved about this primer before, but it is absolutely necessary if you want to keep your eyeshadow from creasing. I prefer the original version, but Urban Decay offers shimmer and opaque matte versions as well.
Urban Decay Primer Potion – Sephora, $20
When the heat makes already-oily lids even worse, you could layer on the eyeshadow primer, or you could reach for a cream shadow with real staying power. I like Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Eyeshadow line, since it offers both matte and shimmer shadows in this really cool gel-cream formula. I’m warning you now, this eyeshadow has tattoo in its name for a reason – it seriously won’t budge without some heavy-duty makeup remover.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Shadow – Ulta, $6.99
Whether you want to continue rocking your cat eye through the summer or prefer a smokier look, a waterproof formula is a must. Kat von D Tattoo Liner has a really precise felt tip that stays on for hours, and Wet n Wild’s H2O Proof liquid liner formula will literally stay on for days. For a kohl liner, I like Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner by Smashbox. It has a sharpener in the cap, and is great for both waterline and lid lining.
Kat von D Tattoo Liner – Sephora, $19, Wet n Wild H2O Proof Liquid Liner – Walgreens, $3.99, Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner – Sephora, $20
I have my fair share of beauty counter mascaras, but the ones I swear by all come from the drugstore. Even when it comes to waterproof formulas, my go-to’s are both by Maybelline. The first, and the one I wear on the daily, is The Rocket Waterproof Mascara. The formula doesn’t melt or flake off even in the hottest of weather, and it isn’t painful to remove like some waterproof mascaras can be. My other favorite is The Colossal Waterproof Mascara. I only reach for this formula when I need some real staying power. This stuff won’t clump or run no matter how sweaty you are (I’ve even worn it swimming and my lashes looked just as great after getting out of the pool!).
Maybelline Volum’Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara – Ulta, $6.99, Maybelline Volum’Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara – Ulta, $6.99
If you know me, you know that I’m a little obsessed with brows. My natural eyebrows are really pale in comparison to my hair, so I have to fill them in for them to match. To keep my newly filled in brows from melting off during the day, I swear by Kat von D Tattoo Brow and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow. Tattoo Brow is a really fine-tipped marker that’s perfect for drawing tiny, natural hairs on. Like Kat von D’s Tattoo Liner, it’s pretty waterproof. Dipbrow is a gel-like pomade that’s great for really filling in your brows. The formula grips on to existing brow hairs and doesn’t budge.
Kat von D Tattoo Brow – Sephora, $19, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Sephora, $18
When the weather gets really hot, heavier foundations usually get put away. But if you need more coverage but don’t want cake face, I like Rimmel’s 25 Hour Foundation. This formula has medium to full coverage and while you have to work quickly to blend it before it sets, it won’t slide off or transfer.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Liquid Foundation – Walgreens, $7.99
Highlighter and Bronzer
Summer is the perfect time to put aside your contouring products and work with your natural glow. My favorite technique? Strobing.
You won’t need too much product, but your best bet is to swipe a bit of highlighter above both cheekbones, on the inner corners of your eyes, and on your brow bone. I like to use a liquid highlighter and set it with a touch of creamy powder highlighter.
You can also make the highlight really pop with a swipe of liquid bronzer, like Dew the Hoola. The liquid formula will sink in to your skin and won’t budge all day.
Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops – Sephora, $14, ColourPop Highlighter in Stole the Show – ColourPop, $8, Benefit Dew the Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer – Ulta, $28
Remember when I mentioned working with your natural glow? While you might want to pile on the powder to prevent oil and sweat from showing through, too much powder can dry you out in already hot weather and make your skin look caky. I like to use a very light dusting of a translucent powder just on my t-zone. My favorites are NYC translucent powder and Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, since they’re both silky, lightweight powders that have a natural finish and don’t leave you looking flat.
NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder – Target, $3.62, Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder – Sephora, $35
A setting spray that keeps everything in place during a Florida rainstorm definitely deserves to be called sweat proof. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this stuff is a lifesaver – and it lasts forever. Just a few spritzes keeps oil under control so your summer glow isn’t too glowy.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray – Sephora, $30
Sweat proof makeup can only do so much to keep you looking dewy, not sweaty. When waterproof products just aren’t cutting it, I always reach for blotting papers. I’ve never noticed a difference between beauty counter and drugstore blotting (except the price). I usually grab a pack of Nyx’s blotting papers to take care of any oil problems.
Nyx Cosmetics Blotting Papers – Ulta, $3.99
If you’re like me and burn really easily/don’t want to run the risk of skin problems, a good fake bake is essential for summer. For a temporary fix, I like Sally Hansen’s leg makeup. It sprays on sort of like an airbrush foundation and you just blend it in to your skin to get a slight tan that lasts until you shower. For a longer-lasting finish, I love Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun mousse. It’s the same principal as their original Natural Glow lotions, but is tinted so you can see where you’ve applied it and starts to develop almost immediately.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup – Walgreens, $13.99, Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse – Walgreens, $12.99
What are you must-have products for summer? Let me know and stay cool out there!