Let’s talk about sweat, baby. ‘Tis the season of high temperatures, humidity, sun, sun, and more sun. With summer comes the return of sweat, the sometimes pesky but ultimately useful process by which our bodies cool ourselves down. Even though sweating is totally normal and good for you, it also makes wearing makeup (and keeping it on) a bit of a tricky endeavor. Luckily, Allure editors and makeup artists have got your back, as we’ve compiled a list of sweatproof makeup products to get you through the steamy months ahead.
In general, less is more when it comes to makeup in sweaty times. Although there is evidence that skin benefits from sweating, leaving sweat and makeup on your skin for too long can lead to breakouts. “Sweat [prompts] your pores to flush out oil and dirt — when sweat collects and dries on the skin, this dirt, oil, and bacteria can become trapped under your skin, therefore causing breakouts,” Kathleen S. Viscusi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Marietta, Georgia previously told Allure. So, if you’re going to wear makeup on a hot day, make sure you wash it off completely before heading to bed.
Not every product included here is 100 percent waterproof, but they’ll get you through pretty much any perspiration-provoking activity, sparing the fact that you’re not fully submerged in water. Heatwaves are no match for the best sweatproof makeup products on the market, so keep scrolling to see our picks.
Maybe your first instinct when it comes to sweat-proof makeup is to slather on a layer of matte, full-coverage foundation and hope for the best. Don’t get us wrong, high-coverage foundations tend to be an excellent match for sunny, summer conditions, especially because these formulas are often designed for long wear.
That said, don’t sleep on hybrid skin-care-makeup foundations when it comes to staying power. Allure deputy digital director Kara McGrath recently tried out Danessa Myricks’ Yummy Skin Serum Foundation and it surprised her by outlasting her waterproof eyeliner that day. This non-cakey, buildable formula delivers a radiant finish that’ll make your skin look healthy and glowy, even if you’re actually glowy from sweat.
Another formula that won’t disappear once the heat starts ramping up is Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation. Makeup artist Andrea Claire reaches for this foundation when she wants “seamless coverage without the cracking and caking” for her clients. This medium-coverage formula even contains SPF 30 — what more could you want?
Sweat-proof concealer is serious business and Benefit’s Boi-ing Cakeless Waterproof Concealer isn’t joking around. This liquid concealer is available in 30 easy-to-blend shades that are totally full-coverage, so you’ll only be needing one layer of this water- and sweat-resistant formula.