Summer is upon us, folks. And while that means so many lovely, fun things—BBQs, rooftop parties, beach days, pool lounging, warm breezes—it also brings sweaty, makeup-melting humidity along with it. Luckily, there are products formulated specifically for that very issue, featuring ingredients and blends that take the weather, water, and your level of exasperation into account.
From waterproof blush and concealer that won't cake to super-thin, smudgeproof eyeliner and foundation that practically bounces on your face, find the best sweatproof makeup products on the market to save your summer.
This is quite possibly the most iconic eyeliner—the thin, marker-like tip is easy to use (to be honest, it's foolproof) and it'll never flake on you. According to assistant editor Erin, it "applies flawlessly and doesn't move no matter what." That includes sweaty subway commutes, long humid nights, and everything in between.
When you're trying to nix shine (e.g., when you're walking down the sidewalk and the sun's blaring and there's no shade in sight), Laura Mercier's pressed powder offers oil control and the matte finish of your dreams. It's lightweight, ultra-sheer, and a mint green hue to keep you shine-free and correct redness at the same time.
Milk Makeup's CBD oil–infused mascara is the only nonwaterproof offering that does not smudge, flake, or run down the side of your face in the summer heat. That, and it has thick, soft bristles that add immediate volume without the usual clumping. It lengthens like a dream, creating a lash that is both volumized, properly separated, and longer than I ever thought possible.
Koh Gen Do's color base "neutralizes dark circles and redness," Erin says, which is perfect post-sunburn or after a hot, sweaty workout class. It incorporates white mulberry rote and rose extract to provide moisture and antioxidants, as well as oil-absorbing powder to wick shine.
After cleansing and moisturizing skin thoroughly, apply one pump of beautyblender’s Bounce Foundation (it’s a whipped formula, so you don’t need much to cover your face). It’s infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid which boosts moisture and plumps the skin, so you’ll still look fresh—even through summer’s hottest days.
Soap & Glory's primer absorbs oil and controls shine for up to 12 hours—which also makes it so your pores look smaller and your skin smoother. Dreamy, right? It also helps make your makeup last longer and, with vitamin E, leaves your skin just the right amount of glowy.
Concealer can be tricky in the heat—thicker formulas can cause annoying creasing and a sweaty mess. So, the best bet is a product that'll move with you, rather than cake up. Glossier's Stretch Concealer includes elastic micro-waxes and nourishing oils that give a dewy finish (so it works with your sweat) and brighten your under-eye area to boot.
While you're out and about (or even swimming in the ocean), Cargo's cheek color won't streak or fade. That's right—the silky powder is both sweatproof and waterproof, as it offers a subtle wash of color over your cheeks or eyelids. You can build it up or keep it light, and it won't budge—all thanks to L-Lysine, an amino acid found naturally in the skin, which increases its long-wearing properties.
"It isn't drying and paint-like like other liquid formulas—instead, it moves with the skin of the lips," our managing editor, Lindsey, muses. "It also lasts hours and fades evenly without that dreaded splotchy look."
An absolute hero product here at Byrdie HQ, RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer does so much more than highlight your cheekbones. The formula's ultra-smooth coconut oil base makes it so it's not only good for but actually nourishes your skin as you wear it. The barely there shimmer offers a subtle and lit-from-within glow that truly never dries down or smudges off.
The name says it all: This setting spray delivers 16 hours of the illusion of just-applied makeup (think smooth foundation and vibrant eye shadow), and it's our assistant editor Maya's favorite. It boasts temperature-control technology that quite literally lowers your makeup's temperature to lock it in place despite humidity and/or super-hot temperatures.
For a bit of bronze (because we know you're not out without sunscreen, right?), apply Rimmel's matte bronzer everywhere the sun would hit. It's waterproof, so there's no chance you'll sweat it off during the day.
Saturate your lids in liquid, metallic shades for an exciting price: just $10. All you have to do is glide the doe-foot applicator over your lid for a shockingly easy and precise application. Here's the other thing: Once it dries, it's locked in place until you choose to wash it off. Trust us—this product has staying power.
Each one of these soft on-the-go leaflets is made of 100% natural abaca leaf and gold flakes to absorb any excess oil without disturbing your makeup. "I like that they're bigger than most other blotting sheets," our editorial director, Faith, says. Plus, they're also formulated without synthetic fragrances, powder, and mineral oil.
Mary Kay's brow gel is the unsung hero of summer brows. It offers a stiff formula so that each hair stays perfectly in place, but it's flexible enough that it doesn't feel like plaster. It offers a gloss across your brows that is unprecedented.