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Makeup for the Summer Heat : How to Summer-proof Your Makeup Look

Learn how to do your makeup in the summer so your look is sweat proof. With Lancôme’s best foundation for summer and summer parties, you’ll be set.


If you sweat your makeup off by midday, it may be time to reconsider your summer makeup routine. Between the heat and humidity, the usual makeup staples can seem heavy and slick. And besides, who wants to wear a full-coverage foundation to the beach or pool? Instead, consider swapping your usual makeup products for formulas that are sheer, long-lasting or even try waterproof makeup.

Prep Your Skin for Summer Makeup

It doesn’t matter whether you’re skipping foundation and just focusing on the eyes or if you’re going for a summer makeup routine with a few more products – prepping and protecting your skin is important. To help keep makeup sweat proof and resistant to heat and humidity priming and prepping your skin is the way to go. Whilst you can choose to use a mattifying primer and a separate sunscreen for makeup to prime your skin it’s also possible (and super simple!) to use an all-in-one product. For an easy one step prep for your summer makeup take a look at UV Expert Aquagel SPF 50 -- an all-in-one oil-free face primer plus sunscreen and moisturizer in one. With a cooling texture which transforms into a water-like gel that's easy to blend, fast-absorbing and gives skin a non-greasy, non-shiny, and invisible finish it’s a perfect sunscreen for makeup in the summertime.

Find Your Summer Foundation and Concealer

The usual lineup of full-coverage foundation, powder, bronzer and beyond can take a vacation this summer. Instead, consider a tinted moisturizer your new summer foundation; these multitaskers often contain moisturizing ingredients, a sheer tint, and even built-in sunscreen. In the case of Skin Feels Good Skin Nourishing Foundation, the tinted moisturizer-foundation hybrid is oil-free and provides light to buildable coverageso you can easily customize your summer makeup look.. It also contains hyaluronic acid and broad-spectrum SPF 23 to defend skin from UV rays — which is why it’s one of our best foundations for summer.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a foundation to last through hot summer nights and outdoor summer parties you may wish to incorporate a foundation with a fuller coverage. For a foundation for summer with a bit more coverage try Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation – designed to provide full coverage and 24 hour wear. The formula is oil-free, non-comedogenic and transfer-resistant so it’s perfect for creating a sweat proof makeup look.

Regardless of if you choose to wear a lighter coverage summer foundation or a full coverage sweat proof foundation, sometimes you just need something a little extra should a pimple show up or if you have awoken to dark circles as the result of spending a little too long at a summer party the night before. So for those times you need a concealer for summer try Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer: with a lightweight sweat-proof non-comedogenic formula the concealer is a great addition to create a sweat-proof makeup routine for summer. The all-over formula provides full coverage with a natural matte finish that doesn’t crease or cake and can be used all over the face including on redness, breakouts, dark circles, and dark spots. Plus the handy little tube fits perfectly in your beach bag and the formula can even be blended with your fingertips making it great for touch-ups!

Choose Your Summer Eyeshadow

If your eyeshadow pulls a disappearing act — be it from oily eyelids or sweat — don’t just add more. (That can be a little much for an outdoor barbecue summer party.) Instead, create a simple summer eyeshadow look that is long-lasting and easy to apply Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick not only delivers rich pigment but is also easy to blend and even lasts up to 24 hours. Plus, you can use it as an eyeliner. Your summer eyeshadow look couldn’t be easier.

Make It a Waterproof Mascara

As good for everyday wear as it is for a swim, a waterproof mascara helps ensure that the sweat and humidity won’t leave streaks down your face. We’re fans of Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, since the waterproof, sweat-proof formula lasts up to 24 hours and won’t smudge all over. Plus, it offers buildable volume and length, keeping your summer eye makeup on point.

Go for a Lip Gloss

Matte has a time and place, but in the summer it’s all about gloss. Lip gloss is low-maintenance and can feel more playful than your usual lipstick —touch up without a mirror at summer parties and layer on different shades to get a fun, glossy effect. Juicy Tubes lip gloss comes in an array of shades, but we recommend a bright color like Framboise Pop for a summery feel. It pairs high shine with up to four hours of hydration for easy wearing, too.

Lock In Your Look

If you don’t already use setting spray, it should be an absolute must in your summer makeup routine. Fix It Forget It Setting Spray does exactly what is says! This hydrating, antioxidant rich setting spray extends your makeup for up to 24 hours and helps you stay shine-free all day long making it great for the summer heat.

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