Sweat-Proof your Summer Makeup

The long-awaited summer season is just around the corner, which for many means freedom from classes, lots of time for adventure and endless hours tanning at the beach. While the rising temperatures present the perfect environment for fun-filled days in the sun, the heat also offers the potential for a beauty disaster: melting makeup.

During the hot summer, it’s important to remember that less IS more. Summer in a warm weather climate is not the place to cake on your foundation or experiment with a dark, dramatic smokey eye. It’s a time to embrace and show-off your natural beauty and let your skin breathe!

First off, one of the biggest tips I can give you all is to go “oil-free” with your products. Products that contain oil are more likely to slide right off your face and clog up your pores.

Morning Skincare and Prepping your Face for the Day 

After cleansing your face, use a light-weight and oil-free moisturizer formula to prepare your face for the day. As mentioned in my last post, Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen is my go-to face product. It contains SPF 30 to give my face base-layer sun protection.

Left to right: Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen ($8.99 at Target), Neutrogena Shine Control Primer ($13.49 at CVS), Neutrogena Shine Control Powder ($12.98 at CVS), Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream ($8.99 at CVS). Photo by Haley Fretes


If you aren’t familiar with what primer is, it is a product that goes on after your moisturizer and before your foundation. Primers are built to allow your makeup to last longer and be applied more smoothly. Especially if you’re like me and have oily skin, Neutrogena Shine Control Primer is a perfect solution. Not only is the formula light-weight and non-greasy, but it also contains a rice protein complex that acts like a sponge to absorb excess oils and keep your skin shine-free all day long.

Lighten Up Your Makeup

If I’m out in the sun and water all day, I never find myself using more than a light coat of waterproof mascara for makeup. However, if I know I won’t be jumping in the pool or water and want a little bit of coverage on my blemishes, I’ll put on a little Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream over my Neutrogena sunscreen and shine control primer. The formula is lightweight and also has an extra SPF 30 to protect your face even further from the sun’s rays.

If you feel like you’re wanting to some extra color to your look, opt to use cream-based products. Cream-based formulas stick to the skin better than powder, especially in hot environments. For eyes, I recommend Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eye Shadow in Metal. The bronze color goes well with all skin tones and gives your eyes a golden shimmer that is perfect for summertime. You can also use the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm if you want to add some rouge to your cheeks. This glide-on product comes in four different shades and can add a pop of pink to your sun-kissed glow. For an even more radiant look, you can add a touch of bronzer to the high-points of your face where the sun naturally hits it: the forehead, cheekbones, nose, and chin.

To secure my face products I brush a light layer of Neutrogena Shine Control Powder over my entire face. Its sheer color layers invisibly over your makeup and will leave your skin with a flawless matte finish. It also pairs perfectly with the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer.

Setting Spray

As the last step of your makeup routine, use setting spray to really lock in your look. In humid weather, Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray gets the job done. However, if your like me or just don’t want to spend the extra bucks on a setting spray, any type of hairspray works just as well!

Oil-Blotting Sheets

If there’s one beauty-related product you should always carry around with you during the summer, it should be oil-blotting sheets. From what I’ve experienced, an oil sheet is an oil sheet. No matter the brand, they all seem to get the job done.


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