Weather Proofing Your Makeup

As a native Tucsonan, I’m use to the dry Arizona heat pretty much year round. Anytime warm weather hits, runny makeup inevitable follows. While the official start of Summer is June 21st, I watch the temperature creep up to 100 degrees plus while it’s still spring, and I feel my makeup melt down. My makeup meltdown usually occurs mid day, and mid activity.

I have yet to find a powder that can absorb all the beads of sweat that collectively gather around the nose, hairline and rim of the chicest sunglasses – and believe me I’ve tried them all! Foundation, forget it! Water or oil based is no match for humidity, and can leave your skin looking greasy instead of dewy.

I have oily skin and know that while I can’t completely get rid of shine, I’ve picked up some tips and tricks along the way to help ease summertime – anytime, warm weather makeup woes.

 Sunscreen/ Sun block

-Water resistant with SPF 15 or higher, use it year round, everyday. It should contain ingredients that block UVB and UVA rays.

Here are the basics –

* Apply to skin 15 – 30 minutes prior to going outdoors

* Make sure you reapply every two hours

* Use approximately one ounce or a shot glass full to cover all exposed skin.

* Don’t forget your lips! Apply lip balm that contains sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

* Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That is the when UV rays are most intense, so seek shade!

* Wear lightweight long sleeve loose fitting clothing to cover up. Wide – brimmed hats, and sunglasses are a must.

* If your sunscreen has a funny smell, different color or is past the expiration date, toss it out and get a new bottle.

Sunscreen / Sun block has become a beauty routine staple and can be applied prior to foundation. Lightweight or gel formulas are also available. It’s a good idea when applying any sunscreens, facial cream or moisturizers to wait approximately 5 minutes for it to set before applying your foundation. Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sun block Gel, SPF 45 ($17.00), Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry – Touch Sun block with Helioplex, SPF 55 ($17.00), and Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sun block Spray, SPF 45 ($10.00) are among the best.


-Go natural and skip it all together! If you can’t grin and “bare” it, a tinted oil free moisturizer is a great alternative. If you do decide to use foundation, look for ones that include SPF 15 or higher like MAC Foundation SPF 15 ($25.00). A skin illuminating pen like Estee Lauder’s Ideal Light ($24.50), or a concealer like Clinique Airbrush Concealer ($18.50) can be used to even out skin tones, cover under eye circles, or red blemishes. These type of products camouflage problem areas without the heavy feel of foundation. They can be applied quick and easy, with a single stroke pat or blend on the skin and your good to go.

Blotting Papers

– Use them prior to applying your makeup or for touch up’s throughout the day. You can blot away any excess oil or perspiration. These are great to carry with you and clear off the shine from your T-zone. Many of today’s major makeup brands offer blotting papers. You can also find them at your local beauty supply or drug store. Try Victoria Secret’s Beauty Rush Blotting Papers (2/$10.00), Burt’s Bees Vanishing Facial Powder Tissues ($3.00), Shiseido Oil Control Blotting Paper ($16.00), Dior Oil Control Blotting Papers ($21.00).

Loose Powder

– It tends to be lighter than pressed, last longer on your face and if you’re really shiny – it can be reapplied. Pressed power can get clumpy if you use it to try and absorb the moisture on your face, or it could end up looking caked. My favorite is MAC Blot Powder/ Loose ($20).

Gels – Bronzing Gel / Gel Cheek Color

– Both can be applied to select areas of the face and provide a gorgeous glow. The bronzing and cheek color gel formulas are lightweight and blend into your skin instead of sitting on top of your skin like creams or powders. Sugar Baby Pink Ink is a gel that can be used on cheeks, eyes and lips ($12.00), it gives you a flushed rosy hue, and Clinique True Bronzing Gel For Face ($18.50) also gives natural face framing highlights.

Waterproof Mascara

– Mascara is a makeup must have because it helps make your eyes stand out and pop with definition! Just because it’s humid outside doesn’t mean you have to skip having thick flirty lashes. I use, and absolutely love, love, love Bourjois Pump Up The Volume Waterproof Mascara ($14.00).


– Lipstick or heavy gloss can feel thick and sticky, and can also feather in warm weather. Choose liner close to your natural shade to outline your lips, follow your natural shape, and fill in your lips with the liner, which can be worn alone for a natural look. To add color use stains, or lightweight gloss. Benefit Benetint ($28.00) gives a rosy glow and is a classic! When wearing lip balm, be sure to use balm with SPF 15 or higher. I recommend Khiels Lip Balm SPF 15 ($8.50), it protects against sunburn and dry chapped lips.

Cotton Swabs

– They work great for refreshing eye makeup. If liner or mascara streak under your eye, or eye shadow clumps and smears, cotton swab can remove the excess buildup. They also come in convenient travel size cases that can be found at your local drug store.

Mist / Hydration Spritzers

-I know that many people swear by using a fine mist to “set” makeup, or as a skin pick me up. My skin however is very oily, and the minute I step out the door I start to perspire, so I choose to not add more moisture to my face. Almost every Cosmetics Company makes some version of a Spritzer or Mister. So if you decide to try this type of product, use Burt’s Bees Lavender Complexion Mist ($9.50) or Make Up For Ever Professional Mist amp; Fix ($27.00).

From searing heat to high humidity I’ve found these products and ideas help me effectively beat my own makeup meltdown. Stocked with just the right essentials you too can combat makeup that is smudging, creasing, slipping, and sliding during sunny filled months. Experiment with various products and see what works for your beauty routine, skin type and lifestyle.

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