How to Keep your Makeup from Melting this Summer

Summer’s here! OK, unofficially, but who cares . . . summer’s here!

Now, if only we could enjoy the weather and keep our makeup from melting. Just once, we’d love to sit through a summer picnic—or anything for that matter—without our makeup dripping as fast as a buttery corncob.

Here are some suggestions on how you can help stop your cheeks from morphing into your chin this summer.

Tips on How to Keep Your Makeup from Melting this Summer

Powder Power
We love how creamy blushes and foundations help make our skin glow, but the heat often takes us from creamy to cakey faster than you can say, “where’s the AC?”

Our beat-the-heat solution? Turn to light-reflecting powders instead of creams. They tend to last longer and still make your skin look amazing. Same goes for your lids. Much as we adore silky creams, we all know how the heat can turn our every blink into a creasy, uneven mess. Choose powdered eye color if you’re going to be out in the heat.

Get an Oil Change
Forego your oil-based anything and opt for water-based products instead. Oil-based and balmy don’t quite go together, at least not well. Oil + Heat = Slippery Face. Also, we like using a sponge applicator (not our fingertips) when applying foundation. Why? Fingers’ natural oils can also contribute to meltdowns. Every little bit of oil avoidance helps!

Get a Grip on Yourself!
In the heat, less is more. This time of year, we try our best not to slather ourselves into a moisturizer frenzy, especially ones that are thick and creamy. Sure, prepping your skin is important, but getting too moisturizer happy can interfere with makeup’s ability to properly “grab” (and stay) on your face.

Out with the Old . . .
You know that concealer you’ve had in your pocketbook for longer than you can remember? The one rolling around in a dark abyss of bank pens and lint? Ditch it!

Old, expired makeup—especially when continually exposed to drastically changing environments (from beach tote to air conditioned car and back again the next day)—just doesn’t do much in the way of stay-on-your-face effectiveness. Pay attention to how long you’ve had your makeup and know that it’s ok to let go. As a rule of thumb, we like to hold to powders and foundations for no more than one year.

Be a Shady Gal
Sometimes, keeping your makeup from melting isn’t so much about what you put on your face than it is about what you put on your head. To keep a case of Niagara Falls Face at bay, we like relaxing in the “shade” by sporting a stylish hat. It’s a great-looking summer accessory that’ll help lessen those frequent “is my face ok?” mirror checks.

Be Prepared
Cliché, but true: it never hurts to be prepared. Sometimes your morning can turn into an afternoon out . . . and an evening out (gotta love those days). That’s all fine and dandy, but that well-behaved makeup might start throwing a serious tantrum seven hours into a summer day. To that we give thanks to oil blotters. Blot away!

Go Bare (Almost)
Much as you think you need makeup, you may consider lightening up on your usual routine. Not that we don’t love getting glam, but you’d be surprised at how a quick swipe of lip gloss and an eyelash curler can keep you melt-free and still gorgeous. Go easy, beautiful!

Enjoy yourself this season (we sure plan to). Turn to these tips and let your worries—not your makeup—melt away.

Tell us (below) how you plan on keeping your makeup from melting this summer.



Jennifer is an award-winning creative writing and communications professional who loves heels (even her flip flops have wedges) and pencil skirts, and has seen her hair through more shades than a Pantone color wheel.

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