7 Sweat-Proof Makeup Hacks You Need to Try This Summer

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Let’s face it—the summer heat can be the enemy of your makeup. How many times have you stepped out of the house with a glamorous face only to have it melt into clown makeup by the time you reached the car? If you’re ready to kiss those makeup misses goodbye, here are 7 sweat-proof makeup hacks you need to try this summer: 

1. Start Your Makeup Routine with Primer

Before you apply your makeup, put on a thin layer of primer. This will help your makeup stick and not slide off your face in the hot summer sun. It also helps your makeup go on smoothly, gives your skin a more even look, and conceals blemishes. If you have oily skin, choose a matte primer. But if you have dry skin, choose a primer that will moisturize it. A primer with SPF is your best choice, since it will also protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.  

2. Choose Your Makeup Foundation

When the humidity starts to rise, your hydrating winter foundation needs to take a break. Avoid heavy cream foundations and remember less is more. You can even skip foundation altogether and opt for a tinted moisturizer and a bit of concealer where you need it. If you do use foundation, remember to match its color to your summer-tanned skin. 

3. Opt For Waterproof, Long-Lasting Makeup

If waterproof makeup can hold up to a few raindrops and splashes in the pool, it can weather your sweatiest days. Use waterproof mascaraliquid liner, eyeshadow, and concealer. Try long-lasting formulas as well. You can find lip balm, foundation, and even primer that can last up to 24 hours. 

4. Use a Damp Brush to Apply Eyeshadow

If you don’t want to spend money on waterproof eyeshadow, you can still add color to your lids that won’t melt away. Just apply your eyeshadow with a damp brush to create a smooth coat that will last all day. 

5. Switch to a Lip Stain in the Summer

Thick, heavy coats of lipstick can crack in the heat. Switch to a lip stain instead. It won’t just sit on the surface of the lips, which is why lipstick smears so easily. It will penetrate the layers of your lips for a long-lasting look.  

6. Set Your Makeup for the Summer Heat

Once you’ve applied all your makeup, use a setting spray to hold it in place. Follow the directions on the bottle, but usually all you need to do is close your eyes, hold the bottle about eight inches out and give your face a quick spritz. Cover your whole face with an X and then a T motion. Setting spray keeps your summer makeup fresh and adds a dewey, sun-kissed finish to your face.  

7. Pack Blotting Paper in Your Purse

You never know when you might break a sweat. Bring blotting paper with you when you’re on the go, so you can wipe away sweaty spots as they appear. You can also use it to blot your hairline. Another trick to keep sweaty hair at bay? Spray a little dry shampoo along your hairline to keep those streams of sweat from running down your face.  


If makeup is more than just a hobby for you, consider a career as an esthetician. At Salon Success Academy in California, we offer an Esthetician program that will teach the basics of skin care science, body treatments, facials, and makeup techniques. Call 877-987-4247 to learn more.