There’s absolutely nothing worse than taking the time to apply a full face of makeup only to have it sweat off on the way to work. But this summer is going to be different because a few of our favorite beauty gurus have genius solutions when it comes to keeping everything in place.
For Skin That’s Already Oily
Using only five products, Ingrid Nilsen still incorporates fun color and personality into this easy-peasy look. She does it with cream eye shadow and blush (which she says tends to stay longer), waterproof mascara, and the biggest secret of all: setting everything with a powder. Simple yet effective, even if you have the oiliest of skin.
Main takeaway: Stick to cream-based makeup and always set everything with a powder. (‘Some Like It Hot’ Eye Shadow and Blush Duo, $55, charlottetilbury.com; Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $47, sephora.com)
For a Full-Coverage Look
If you’re looking for something full-coverage, this is the tutorial for you. Jackie Aina says she cooked up the perfect, melt-proof makeup routine, and we agree. Starting with moisturizer (don’t skip it when it’s hot out!) and a primer, she recommends using layers of makeup to keep everything in place.
For a Sweat-Proof AND Semi-Waterproof Option
Want some coverage at your next pool party? This look takes things a step further and will last through a quick dip. Michelle of Ready Set Glamour tested the makeup out in the shower, and most of it lasted. But don’t expect to swim for hours and have flawless foundation by the time you get out.
Main takeaway: Look for waterproof and/or long-lasting makeup labels. (NYC City Proof 24 Hr Waterproof Mascara, $13 for a 3-pack, amazon.com; Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Liquid Lipstick, $24, sephora.com)
A Couple More Tips
If you’re still feeling iffy before you walk out the door, try finishing everything off with a setting spray to help keep everything in place. ($14, urbandecay.com)
Also, carry around some blotting sheets to keep oil in check throughout the day. Anytime you’re feeling dewy, it only takes a second to absorb the oil. (Bosnia Green Tea Blotting Linens – 100 Count, $17, amazon.com)