The Best Sweat Proof Summer Makeup Tips and Tricks

Because “melted makeup” isn’t exactly #goals.

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This post has 10 sweat-proof summer makeup tips and products.

Sweat Proof Summer Makeup Tips & Tricks Header Image with Girl in white blouse blocking her face from shade

It’s an age-old story: you don’t change your makeup routine from winter to summer and one particularly toasty day, you catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror and you look like you just ran a marathon. Your makeup is melted, smeared, and you wish you hadn’t even worn any in the first place.

Summer-izing your makeup routine is critically important for your skin! Makeup that clogs pores is a no-no when there’s a chance of being sweaty or oily.

It’s also crucial for a summer makeup look. Believe it or not, there are many ways to wear a full face of makeup in the blistering heat and still look completely fresh faced.

Also read: What You Need to Know About BB Creams

Let’s hop to it! Here are 10 tips for crafting that perfect sweatproof summer makeup look.

Tip #1: Sweat Proof Makeup Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer sweat proof makeup

Creating a base for your makeup is one of the most important steps you can incorporate into your routine to make your makeup last longer.

Your makeup needs something to stick to if you will be outside. Try choosing a primer that caters to your skincare needs, or a mattifying one to beat the heat.

My favorites are:

Tip #2: Waterproof Concealer

Waterproof Tarte Sea Concealer sweat proof makeup

Try to go light with the coverage for the warm weather months. A good, waterproof concealer will cover what you need and stay on all day.

A small concealer tube is also easy to stick in your purse for touch-ups as the night goes on.

Tip #3: Sweat Proof Makeup Powder

Neutrogeana Shine Control Powder from Target sweat proof makeup

For setting your concealer, opt for a shine-control or mattifying translucent setting powder. Translucent powders are great in the warm weather because they won’t add any more color, but will prolong the wear of your makeup.

A good powder also helps with creases and smoothing everything out… so you really can’t go wrong.

Tip #4: Sweat Proof Cream Makeup

Tarte cream eyeshadow palette sweat proof makeup

Here’s a great sweat proof makeup tip: for blush, bronzer, and highlighters, choose cream products! Cream is proven to stay on much longer than powder and feels more lightweight on your face.

You don’t want any heavy coverage that weighs you down on those hot summer days, so opting for cream products is a much better option. You can still contour and dress up your face, just in a way more practical and natural way.

This also is true for eyeshadow. Cream eyeshadows are long-lasting and don’t smudge.

Here are some of my favorite cream products:

Tip #5: Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara sweat proof makeup

This next step seems pretty obvious, but always always go for the waterproof mascara option. It stays on much longer and is less a sweat proof makeup option.

If you want a more natural look for daytime, a great trick is using waterproof brown mascara instead of black, which tends to be more dramatic.

Also read: The 5 Best Drugstore Waterproof Mascaras for Smudge-Proof Lashes

Tip #6: Tinted Brow Gel

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel

Skip the brow pencils and powders and instead, opt for a tinted gel. It combines all brow steps into one for a much more lightweight and natural feel. Tinted brow gels also last very long and keep your brows in place all day.

Doing your brows makes a huge difference when wearing a basic face of makeup, especially if you’re trying to look natural.

Tip #7: Chapstick with SPF

Sun Bum SPF chapstick

Instead of gloss or lipstick, I like to wear chapstick with SPF. It’s so important to protect your lips from the sun, so this step is to not be missed.

If you want some color, opt for a tinted chapstick or a liquid lipstick you can layer on top.

Here are some of my favorite SPF chapsticks and liquid lipsticks:

Tip #8: Sweat Proof Makeup Setting Spray

Mattifying Conditioning Setting Mist from Ulta

Using a good setting spray is always my favorite step in my routine. I use them before, during, and after! Choose a priming spray before you apply your makeup.

Then choose a mattifying spray after application to control shine and keep your makeup sweat proof!

My favorites for shine control sprays are:

Tip #9: Blotting Sheets

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for sweat proof makeup

Blotting sheets are a major tip for controlling shine all day. I keep them in my purse and they work like a lifesaver.

Anytime you get shiny, just pull one out and dab the oil from your face. It instantly works and also makes your makeup look less cakey!

Tip #10: Sunscreen

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

My last tip, and a step you should never skip, is SPF!

It is so important to wear your SPF to protect your skin, no matter if you are wearing makeup or not. Put on face sunscreen every morning. This is non-negotiable!

Here are some of my favorite sunscreens:

What is your ultimate sweat proof makeup tip?

What kind of makeup do you like to wear in the summer? Do you have any helpful tricks? Let me know in the comments below!

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24 thoughts on “The Best Sweat Proof Summer Makeup Tips and Tricks”

  1. The people suggesting only sunscreen & no other makeup must have perfect skin & features. If you have acne, wearing makeup is a must – even if you’re at the beach. And if I don’t wear eye liner or mascara, my eyes look all beady & weird! I LOVE that Wet n Wild H2O proof. It doesn’t budge until you use cream makeup remover. Since I have oily skin, I use it every day. My favorite foundation for summer is the Estee Lauder Double Wear. I use it with the Mattify Cosmetics Ultra Powder to help stop the oiliness. The combo lasts for about 4 hours in high humidity before I need touch ups or oil blotter sheets. Unfortunately, going anywhere without foundation on is not an option for me.

  2. I tried the wet n’ wild h20 proof liquid eyeliner, and it was impossible to put on. The “wand” thing is just a stick, and doesn’t curve to your lash line at all. It’s super waterproof though. But I couldn’t get a straight line, so I never used it.

    Also does anyone know any brown stick eyeliners that are WATERPROOF? I’m looking for a good one that stays on..

  3. Revlon Photo Ready waterproof mascara never runs or smudges. I have long lashes that rest on the outer corner of my eyes even when I heat curl them, so I end up with smudge there everyday. The Photo Ready water proof is the only mascara that has not left me looking like I just had a crying jag (and held up through my own breakdowns) and has been my go to for 3 years. It adds volume and length.
    Aveeno tinted moisturizer does not hold up to swimming and will melt into your eyes during any activity or just wearing for about 8-10 hours.

  4. My favorite waterproof liner is MAC’s waterproof gel liner. I have it in midnight blue and it is incredible. It only smudges when you want it to.


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