How to Sweat-Proof Your Makeup This Summer

Everything you need to avoid your makeup sliding off your face.
Published: February 1, 2024
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The sweaty months are upon us, and summer in Australia just loves to run amok with our beauty regimens. The humidity and an ever present sheen of sweat tends to cause our mascara to smudge and foundation to slick right off our skin.

While we all want that dewy glow, there’s a fine line between dewy and oily—and the summer heat and humidity tend to cause our oil glands to work in overdrive.

The good news is, there are ways to keep your makeup in place, even on the hottest of days.

Thanks to a gaggle of beauty-savvy Redditors, we’ve learned some tried-and-tested user tips on how to sweat-proof your makeup.

Here’s are the sweat-proof makeup products you’ll need, and why.

Your Summer Sweat-Proof Makeup Tool Kit

First thing’s first, here’s the official shopping list:

  • An eye primer
  • Tubing mascara
  • Matte based primer
  • Silicone-based foundation
  • Setting spray

Understanding Your Skin Type

Firstly, as with all makeup, you’ll need to understand a bit about your skin type. If you tend towards dry skin, you may not need to worry about summer oiliness as much as others.

You may also not benefit from more matte base products, like matte primer or sunscreen.

However, if you possess oily or combination skin, these will become a must in your ‘sweat-proof makeup’ bag.

As with any makeup advice—what works for some, may not work for all. Understanding your skin type can go a long way to helping you weed out any recommendations you know won’t work for you.

Sweat-proof Your Eye Makeup

One reason your mascara is sliding down your face could be because your eyelids are too oily.

The skin in this area tends to be on the oilier side already, so in summer, we need to make sure we’ve sorted that problem before anything else.

One Redditor suggested using an eye primer to ease this issue—to resounding echoes of support from the rest of the forum.

An eye primer can help the oil in your skin from running into your lashes, causing mascara and eyeliner to smudge. However, when it comes to mascara, try a tubing mascara product. (Sure, you can opt for a waterproof mascara, but tubing mascara comes off easier when the day is done.)

Sweat-proof Your Base

If you have oily skin, stick to matte products for every step. In particular, start with a matte primer to help keep the oil at bay from the most fundamental level.

Follow this up with a silicone-based foundation. Water-based foundations may be more likely to shift, whereas silicone foundations are more water-resistant—and by water, we mean sweat!

Silicone-based foundations tend to help smooth over the pores, and help the skin feel smooth. There are, however, better products for different skin types. Oily skin types may want to try Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear, while dry skin may want to opt for Giorgio Armani Illuminous Silk.

The Finishing Touches

There was one particular product the Redditors raved about—and it was the Charlotte Tilbury setting spray.

Any setting spray is a must to keep makeup on your face, however, this one emerged with quite the cult fan base on the platform.

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