Hot and humid weather can really put your makeup to the test — and the results often aren’t pretty, from raccoon eyes to eye shadow that forms creases on your lids.
But if you’re not willing to part with foundation or mascara just because the weather is heating up, there’s some good news: You don’t have to.
The key is to look for — and avoid — certain ingredients and types of beauty product so you can create a look that lasts.
“Wax-based makeup and liners tend to melt quicker in hot weather, so look for gels or lighter liquid-based ingredients instead,” Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, tells Yahoo Beauty. “With blush or eye shadow, avoid those that are powder-based, which will absorb sweat and turn goopy. Instead, look for those in cream or gel form, which are less likely to mix with your sweat.”
Also, matte formulas that fight shine should become your best friend this season. “Opt for oil-free, matte formulas in the summertime,” celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal tells Yahoo Beauty. “Waterproof formulas are also great during the hotter months. You want to keep your skin hydrated, so look for hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.”
And using a primer before applying foundation and eye shadow, which keeps makeup in place, is clutch when the temperatures climb, notes celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles.
For lips, cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson tells Yahoo Beauty that it’s best to look for lipstick that contains polyethylene. “They have a better shot of staying intact without being too hard,” she says. “But the reality is that lipsticks can only withstand so much heat before they melt, so please don’t expect that they will withstand being left in a hot car!”
Wilson adds: “You want to stay cool and so does your makeup! Leave it out of direct sunlight, opt to keep them in an air conditioned room and don’t leave it in the bathroom.”
From water-based foundations to lip color that lasts, here are 14 beauty products that can stand up to summer — no sweat.