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#BeautiesOnFire | Saving Face in 100 Degrees: Your Guide To Melt-Proof Makeup

It’s the heat of summer and if you haven’t had your makeup slide off your face in beads of sweat… well I’m jealous and can I come there instead?? Even Minnesota is stuck in the heat and my makeup is MELTING. Not in the containers, but off my face. So if you want to survive this summer in style even on the hottest of the hot days, try out one, or all, of these tips to fix your summer suffering and keep your makeup from melting!


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Saving Face in 100 Degrees

Cool It!

Before anything else with your routine, cool down with a spritz of cold toner or even water to lower the temperature of your skin and help your makeup apply without as much smearing and smudging. It’ll also help everything dry better. If you don’t suffer for dry skin, you can also add a fan to your battlestation to keep cool and avoid sweating. (Refreshing Spray OR Facial Mists work for this)

Try: Evian Mineral Water Spray – $12
OR: make your own spritzer

Stay Free!

While oil based products aren’t banned for oily skin, and I myself use an oil cleanser most days, keeping oil out of your makeup routine for summer will lessen the chance of an oil slick issue and your makeup slipping off your face at the most inopportune time possible. It’s best to avoid cream based moisturizers if you can too, and go straight for a gel. If you can’t manage a gel, at least go for oil free and water based. It’s a lot lighter and less likely to make your face feel like a slip’n’slide.

Try: Philosophy ‘Clear Days Ahead’ Acne Treatment Gel Moisturizer – $39
OR: Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer – $6

Fake It!

I can’t not think about fake boobs when I think of silicone, but using it on your face is a lot less invasive, and silicone primers work great for getting the rest of your makeup to stick and stay, without adding weight to your face or insulating you to make you sweat more.

Try: Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish – $16 trial size
OR: Physicians Formula Correcting Primer – $10

If you don’t want to go silicone based, water based is still better than oil, try Maybelline’s Master Prime, or Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.

Fix It!

If you’re absolutely determined to have your full foundation. Mix primer in with it to help it stay longer. Make sure they’re of the same base ingredients or you may have technical difficulties.

Go Minimal!

If you’ve just got a few problem spots or redness, swap out your full face of foundation for some spot concealing. Just make sure it blends in perfectly with your skin-tone.

Try: Hard Candy Glamoflauge – $6 for high coverage
OR: Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer/Corrector – $5

There’s waterproof concealers too!! Even from NYX.

Go Light!

Whether you don’t have trouble spots but just want a touch of coverage, or you want this little coverage to blend in your concealer, try out a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or CC cream. With SPF, of course, to even you out and make you feel a little more made up. You can mix a serum into your foundation to DIY your BB cream in your favorite shade too.

Waterproof It!

Smudged eyeliner or mascara from wiping sweat out of your eyes is NOT cute. So make sure you’re waterproofing  your products where you can. Mascara especially. This is the most obvious one to most people, but using waterproof makeup will help your makeup stand up to sweat and swimming.

Try: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara – $23
OR: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Building Mascara – $8

Swap It!

If you want to go minimal on the waterproof makeup, swap a liquid liner for some eyeshadow on an angled liner or brow brush and apply as normal. Powders stay much better than liquids in heat, and you can basically make any color you want by mixing up eyeshadows. I personally spray my brush with a finishing spray or even setting spray after it’s loaded up with powder to give it a more pigmented and chic look.

Try: Luxie Beauty Angled Liner Brush 215 – $10
OR: Get a whole set of my Holy Grail brushes for around $12

If you aren’t up for swapping it, make sure your liner is waterproof too!

Try: Tarte Cosmetics Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof – $36
OR: Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Liquid Liner Pen – $24
OR: stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – $22
OR: Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Liquid Eyeliner – $8

Double up a waterproof liner and set it with eyeshadow over the line for a life-proof liner look!

Matte It!

Shimmers are just going to enhance pores any day, and if it’s hot and humid, those pores are going to be looking large and in charge… and nobody wants that. Stick to mattes in your highlight, contour, blush, and even shadows if you worry about your pores starring too much! Apply blush (and eyeshadow, if you go for it) with a wet brush to make it last even longer!

If you can’t stay away from shimmer…

Try: Laura Geller Blush’n’Brighten. – $28 It’s waterproof!

Stop with the Paint Pot!

A primer is light and meant to keep everything in place, as well as help with application by smoothing things out. Everyone has their holy grails and they’ll all work, but in a pinch you can use the silicone face primer you already applied everywhere else! Plus, going lighter on the shadows goes trendy every summer, and bold liners are in this year!

Try: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later – $20
OR: Urban Decay Primer Potion – $20
OR: NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer – $7

Stain It!

Now is the time to whip out those lip & cheek stains, dab a bit on your cheeks for a blush that will last, just make sure you get the application blended out right away because once it’s there it’s staying until you remove it! And it pulls double duty if you want it on your lips too.

Try: Seraphine Vegan Berry Tint – $18
OR: TonyMoly Delight Lip Tint – $6

If you don’t have a stain and don’t want to get one, stick to your powder blushes, rather than creams. They tend to fade fast in summer or settle deep into pores when your skin softens from the heat and humidity.

Tint It!

Don’t want a lip stain? Whip out those tinted lip balms, or use a lipstick, but dab it on in soft presses, then dab with a tissue between each layer to build up long-lasting color for a lighter and customized look of all your favorite shades. Doesn’t work well with liquid lippies though!

If you want a summer safe bold lip, check out last week’s #BeautiesOnFire post where I showed every lipstick tip I’ve ever learned in one comprehensive photo guide!

Set It!

If you’re using any sort of liquid or cream in your coverage routine, make sure you set it with translucent powder (or finishing/setting powder, for those darker skin-tones where translucent can look ashy) 

Try: NYX Cosmetics Studio Finish Translucent Powder – $10

Touch It!

Carry along some blotting papers to touch up oil spots and catch sweat drips before they damage your makeup. In a pinch, you can cut up toilet seat covers or coffee filters.

And when nothing else is good enough… or you just can’t take a chance…


There’s one holy grail I see on every makeup community and in every question about waterproofing or sweat proofing makeup. And I need to get my hands on this. The swim-proof spray itself…

Try: Ben Nye Final Seal – $8/1 oz, $12/2 oz, or get it all at once for $38/16 oz refill

Setting sprays actually do not make your makeup last longer, however finishing and sealing sprays do. Setting sprays only merge all the layers together to keep from slipping, so you Can use those too, I personally don’t like the effect.

Clean Up!

When you’re sweating in the heat, your pores are more likely to get clogged up with any products you use, or just general bacteria from your sweat and the environment. Always give a deep cleansing every night to get your makeup off, preferably as soon as you can comfortably live without it, and give your skin time to breathe. Follow up with a good mask 2-3 times a week to make sure your skin stays healthy this summer.

Don’t forget the SPF in the morning either! Even if you don’t look like you burn, it can still be dangerous for your skin and your health.

Sweat Proof Melt Proof Swim Proof Makeup
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12 thoughts on “#BeautiesOnFire | Saving Face in 100 Degrees: Your Guide To Melt-Proof Makeup

  1. Whenever I’m catching up on the #BeautiesOnFire posts I always look forward to arriving at yours, your work is always so informative and packed full of helpful tips and tricks. I love that you’ve provided so many links to different things within this post, making it so SO handy for your readers. You’re like a guardian angel of the blogging world, plus have I ever mentioned how much your writing amuses me? Using the term ‘technical difficulties’ when talking about mixing the primer and foundation made me smile a little too much.


  2. Honestly, I’m falling in love with your blog! Your posts are so informative and they inspire me to work harder to give more information to my readers as well! I also see you’re a bullet journal fan!! I LOVE planners lol Loved this post!


  3. OMG girl you have so many tips in here! I’ve been using wet brushes to apply eyeshadow for years. Instead of water or setting sprays, I use contact lens solution. I heard about it years ago and can’t for the life of me remember why it works. But a wet brush always makes a really pretty bright-colored eyeliner!


    1. Hahaha and here I felt I was going minimal and short with this one! I kinda just write really fast. I think I only spent about 80 minutes on it including the design. But I’m still waiting on that job callback so blogging and DVR binges are only broken up by good books, for now!

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