How to Keep Your Makeup on This Summer

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The summer weather can make it challenging to wear makeup, but with these tips you can keep your makeup on all day without worrying about the heat melting it off.

Start with Sunscreen

Before you begin applying any makeup, you should begin with sunscreen because the worst thing would be to get a burnt face while wearing makeup. I recommend using a sunscreen that is meant for the face, is fragrance-free and has at least SPF 30. If you have sensitive skin and are prone to breakouts, you can look for mineral-based sunscreens such as the Dear, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 ($23) or the Coola Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($32). You can also opt for a moisturizer that has added SPF if you do not want to use sunscreen like the Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65).


Prime Prime Prime

Once you have applied your sunscreen or moisturizer, you can begin applying your makeup. The first step I recommend when starting with your makeup is to use a primer for both your face and eyes. A face primer provides a smooth base for your makeup and helps hold your makeup in place during the day. If you have oily skin, you can purchase an oil-free or mattifying primer that prevents your face from becoming oily and shiny even on hot days. I recommend the NYX Shine Killer ($14) or the First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Pores Be Gone Matte Primer ($28). If you wear eye makeup, I definitely recommend using an eyeshadow primer since it prevents your eyeshadow and eyeliner from fading, creasing and smudging even in the heat. You can try the NYX HD Eyeshadow Base ($7) or the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($24).


Less is More

For the rest of your makeup, I recommend using fewer products to avoid your makeup from melting in the heat especially if you are wearing a mask. Instead of using a heavy full coverage foundation that has a tendency to melt, you can use a light oil-free foundation such as the NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation ($9.50) or even a tinted moisturizer or BB cream such as the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($37). You can even skip foundation and use a concealer where needed such as for dark under-eye circles or on any blemishes. For your cheeks and lips, you can look into stains such as The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain ($16) since stains are less likely to melt off in the summer heat.


Waterproof It

If you do want to use a full coverage foundation or do a full face of makeup in the summer, I recommend looking for a waterproof version to ensure your makeup stays put. There are waterproof concealers, foundations, blushes, mascaras, eyeliners, eyeshadow, and lipsticks available. The waterproof version of your favorite makeup will guarantee that your makeup is sweat-proof and water-resistant in the heat.


Finish with Setting Spray

Regardless of what makeup you decide to use, the last step should be to apply a setting spray. A setting spray will prevent your makeup from melting, fading, creasing, or settling into fines lines even on a hot humid day. I recommend the NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray ($8.50) or the Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Setting Spray ($34). If you use a setting spray, you are less likely to need to touch up your makeup during the day.


Blot During the Day

Sweating is inevitable in the heat and to avoid potentially ruining your makeup, you can carry a pack of blotting paper with you like the NYX Matte Blotting Paper ($4). The blotting paper will absorb any oil and sweat while keeping your makeup intact.

What are your tips for wearing makeup during the summer?


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22 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Makeup on This Summer

  1. Great blog post and recommendations! I love Kiko Wet and Dry Powder Foundation (lightweight SPF 30 and cute compact silver packaging with a square sponge and mirror). I have used it on really hot days as wel as not so hot days and it is good— bought twice and will always use it.

    UD Primer Potion is wonderful, isn’t it? Plan to get another tube. Wet N Wild Photofocus primer is good too.

    Kiko Water Shadow is great too. I’m using Maybelline Tatoo Shadow. I use Make Up Revolution Setting Spray (Oil Control or Matte). Cream eyeshadow stays on better.

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    1. Thank you!
      I’ll definitely have to try out Kiko’s powder foundation especially since it has added SPF! I’ll have to see if they have the Wet n Wild primer here b/c they mainly only sell their brushes.
      Someone else suggested the Makeup Revolution setting spray so I’ll have to try that one too!


    1. Setting spray is a gamechanger! Before I used setting spray, I would wear a powder foundation & after a couple of hours, I would have to touch it up. However, with setting spray, I don’t have to worry about touching up my makeup all the time!


      1. Someone in another comment suggested the Makeup Revolution Sport Fix Setting Spray & the description of it says “Keep your makeup looking effortlessly flawless through the toughest of workouts.”


  2. Great tips and recommendations! I feel like these will help a lot of people, for sure! I don’t wear makeup very often, but I’ll definitely keep this information in mind if I ever wear it during the summer. Wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing! 😊💕

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  3. Great tips Karalee! This week has been so hot. I apply Kiko Milano powder foundation (with SPF of course) with a wet sponge. That way I get a super natural looking thin base that allows freckles to shine through. I love Revolution Hyalronic Fix because it keeps the look on all day. I love a matte red lip with an almost bare face. At the moment I am using a lipmarker, also from Kiko Milano. That stuff never comes off! My favorite sunscreen is Elizabeth Arden’s 8h Sun Defenece For Face SPF50. I have been buying it for years.

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    1. Thank you! I should definitely look into the Kiko Milano powder foundation b/c I love using powder foundations during the summer & it’s great it has SPF too! I can look into their lipmarkers too!
      I’ve been using a face sunscreen from a drugstore in Denmark & I love it b/c it’s natural & has hyaluronic acid as well

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  4. I have oily skin so I rarely wear any make up during the hotter summer months because no matter what primers I use, it just slides off by around mid-morning 😦 That said, I found a couple of tinted moisturisers from Bare Minerals that I’ve fallen in love with – just a hint of coverage but so sheer it’s like my skin only better 🙂

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