No matter where you live, summertime can be brutal. Between the humidity, the high temperatures, and the commute (right, New Yorkers?)—you’re bound to run into a makeup meltdown at least once. In fact, I’ve already run into a few this week, and it’s only Tuesday. So we put together a little guide to help you make it to fall without sweating into a puddle and ruining your makeup (or losing your mind) in the process.
I talked to a few lovely celebrity makeup artists who know how to deal all too well. Think flashing lights on the red carpet in 90-degree weather. Trust us: They’re experts, and now you can be too! Below, find every product you shouldn’t use during a heat wave, plus the offering to replace it with.
“Instead of using a heavy foundation, switch to a lightweight formula or a BB cream and use a fuller-coverage waterproof concealer for the trouble areas, like Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer ($34),” suggests celebrity makeup artist Amy Strozzi. That way, you won’t have to deal with the whole foundation melting off your face and onto your iPhone screen situation. (Been there.)
“Leave your powders at home—they just get thick and sticky the more you use them on sweaty skin,” suggests Strozzi. Instead, use Boscia’s Clear Complexion Blotting Linens ($10). “I’m obsessed with the peppermint scented ones for a fragrant pick-me-up,” says Strozzi.
“Avoid lipsticks that tend to bleed, and opt for a more buildable stain, like Glossier Generation G ($18),” Strozzi says.
“This one may seem like a no-brainer, but when you love your primer, you love your primer,” explains celebrity makeup artist Andre Sarmiento. “During the hot months, though, it’s a good idea to switch to something more oil absorbing because the heat will more than likely give you all the glow you need. I love Black Up’s Perfect Mattifying Primer ($44) for keeping your base locked in place.”
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