Deven Hopp May 1, 2013


Have you ever spent thirty minutes applying your makeup until it looks perfect, only to step outside and have it immediately begin melting down your face? You may have thought that by the year 2017, with 3D televisions and cars that park themselves, the issue of sweaty makeup would be obsolete. Alas, there are some things technology has not been able to fix (yet). has put together a guide for how to make your makeup sweat-proof. You no longer have to worry about undoing all the work you put into your makeup. Luckily NYC-based makeup artist Josephine K. has some tips to keep us from throwing in the towel. When it comes to making your makeup sweat-proof, you can either prep for the sweat or run with it.

#1: Prep for the Sweat

First and foremost, “use a face primer that will not only keep your makeup intact but will also create a barrier for anything to come out or in.” Create the perfect canvas with Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer.

Want to know a simple trick for how to stop sweating on your face after makeup application? Just be sure to choose powdered products over liquids and creams. Powder formulas help absorb wetness on the skin, while liquids and creams will emphasize that wet look.

We love Dermablend Solid Setting Powder and Make Up For Ever Microfinish Powder to keep our makeup in place. Josephine also warns against anything shimmery or iridescent, which will create shine on the face.

#2: Run with It

With hot summer days ahead, at some point, we all have to accept that a little sweat is inevitable. With that said, a blotting tissue for your face is always a must.


Blotting tissues are a great solution when you are wondering how to make your makeup sweat-proof after it has already been applied.

Quick Tip: forgot to pack them? Never fear. In a pinch, a toilet seat cover will get the job done.

Josephine recommends working with what you have rather than trying to hide it. “If your eyeliner smudges, don’t feel the need to reapply it – blend it out so it looks more like a smoky eye.”

The good thing about a little sweat is your face is fully hydrated, so your makeup can blend more easily. If your blush or bronzer starts to get blotchy, use clean fingers and blend it out.

Josephine makes another good point, “If you think about it, a face that is too matte in appearance on a hot summer day is somewhat unrealistic.” So embrace it and let that summer heat help your makeup.

Now You Know How to Make Your Makeup Sweat-Proof!

You no longer have to fear the hot and sweaty commute to work every day. If you prep properly, you can make your makeup sweat-proof and even learn to embrace the summer heat. Start with a good base, stick to powder products, and keep blotting tissues on you at all times! Now go forth and enjoy your summer!

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About the Author:When Deven's not behind the scenes producing our photo shoots, she's behind her computer writing about everything from nail art to new lipstick.

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