Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup

July 01, 2022

In this post I'll be sharing some of my go-to products for this season. I try to be mindful and choose products that last well through heat and sweat and can withstand being worn under a mask. I have combination/oily skin so trust when I say these products last.

My preferences when it comes to makeup are medium coverage, satin finishes. Being 100% transfer proof is not a priority for me. I find there can be a trade-off between products that last and products that feel comfortable on the skin. So, I don't mind minimal transfer or needing to touch up my makeup at some point in the day.
Base makeup is going to be most important step in determining the longevity of the rest of your face. I like to opt for a hydrating primer. Though my skin can get oily, I find that using a primer that is too dry/grippy can make the rest of my makeup look cakey too soon. My primer of choice is Bobbi Brown Face Base, followed by Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Matte foundation. Despite the name, it has a slight satin finish and looks more skin-like than any other foundation I've ever used. I actually went to Sephora to test the Pat MacGrath foundation, which is known for looking undetectable on skin, but found that the Givenchy looks even better.
I was not a huge fan of liquid blush before this year but the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush is so incredible. It's pigmented, long-lasting, and blends easily. My favorite shade is Love, because it looks gorgeous on darker skin tones. This shade gives me a warm pink glow -- easily my everyday shade.
When I want a brighter pop of color I reach for Nars Exhibit A. It looks unwearably bright in the pan but on medium to deeper skin tones, it's a gorgeous bright orangey-red. I like to use this on un-set foundation to give it more lasting power, blending with loose powder if needed.
Speaking of powder, I'm currently using my last container of Becca Hydro Mist setting powder. This is discontinued, so in its place I would recommend Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder. This is a crowdpleaser for a reason.
I bought my first Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow when it came out in 2014. I kept repurchasing since then because it delivers. I use this with their #12 brush and a light hand. This brand also makes my current favorite eyeliner: Waterproof Crème Color in Jet. It's a smooth creamy formula that is opaque in one swipe. I use a thin Morphe liner brush for the perfect wing.
lip products: nyx liquid lipsticks, elf gloss stains, armani li pmaestro
Liquid lipsticks have some of the best formulas for all-day lasting power. They can dry out throughout the day so it's important to find one that feels comfortable. I really like the NYX Shine Loud liquid lipsticks. They are double-sided tubes with a transfer-proof color on one side and a clear gloss on the other. The color on it's own can feel somewhat sticky so I almost always wear the gloss on top. Other lasting options are the ELF Glossy Lip Stains. My favorite shades for these are Spicy Sienna and Cinnamon. Armani Lip Maestro liquid lipstick in the shade Sultan is another summer favorite for me.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm not opposed to touching up my makeup throughout the day, so I wear plenty of non-long-lasting lip products as well. Among them is this Nars lip gloss in A-Lister. It's so pretty in the tube and even nicer on the lips.
nars gloss

Eye Shadow

I rarely have issues with eye shadow so my recommendations here are mainly based on color. Recently I've been reaching for the following quite often: Armani eye tint in the shade Gold Foil, Fenty Killawatt Foil Highlighter Duo in the shade Sand Castle/Mint'd Mojito (technically a face highlight but perfect for a wet, shimmery look), Viseart Petit PRO Trois palette


The easiest, most low-maintenance way to deal with lashes is to get extensions. When I can't keep up with fills, I like to use drugstore strip lashes. Kiss lashes are a favorite brand of mine, especially their Lash Couture line. I've recently been introduced to Falscara and have been loving them for a way to get the lash extension look for a week at a time.

Setting Spray

I don't feel I need a setting spray for everyday makeup but when I do, I use Sephora Collection setting spray. It helps lock in my makeup and makes it almost completely transfer proof. The best part is that even after a generous layer, it doesn't feel heavy on the face.