How to Prevent Makeup Meltdowns This Summer

Beauty disaster averted

We all know there’s nothing worse than foundation and mascara running down your face in the middle of a heat wave. It’s not cute, it stings, and it’s just gross. Which is why you want to make sure your makeup won’t have a meltdown once the sun rises. Below are the best tips and beauty products you’ll need this summer to look just as hot as you feel.

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1. Prep Your Skin

During the summer, you’ll want to avoid harsh facial cleansers, which will dry your face and actually create more oil. And don’t forget the sun can be super drying too and can cause your skin to flake. This is why you want to wash your face with an ultra gentle cleanser, like Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Clean Foaming Facial Wash ($28).

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2. Combat Shine

To sweat-proof your makeup, you want to start your base with a mattifying moisturizer. Yes, you need a moisturizer even in the summer (especially one with SPF!). Skip it and your skin can produce even more oil to compensate — which is what you’re trying to avoid. A mattifying one like, DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 ($19), will ensure you look less like a hot mess.


3. Prep Your Face

Priming your face with a mattifying primer extends the wear of your makeup and helps keep your shine under control, so it’s always important to use a lightweight primer before you apply any makeup in the summer. Try Cover FX’s Mattifying Primer ($38), which also has an anti-acne treatment.


4. Choose a Firm Foundation

If you’re looking to wear foundation in the summer, then you should choose a mattifying foundation. You basically want one that balances out the oil without sucking your face dry. Try not to overdo it with the foundation, and stick to applying it to your nose, chin and forehead where shine is most noticeable. Then build your coverage as needed.  Covergirl’s Clean Matte BB cream will also give you that hint of glow that you crave in the summertime.


5. Set Your Look

Now that you’ve created a fabulous base, you’ll want to set it. This next step will not only make sure your makeup stays in place and doesn’t melt away with the heat, but will also keep the shine away. Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray ($31).


6. Waterproof Your Peepers

Whether you’re glistening under the sun or taking an unexpected dip into your bestie’s swimming pool, no one wants raccoon eyes on a hot summer’s day. Which is why wearing a waterproof mascara, like Clinique’s Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula ($17.50), is pretty much your go-to product from June to September.


7. Let Your Pout Pop

If you’re a fan of color, then summer is definitely the season to wear your fave bright shades. From a hot fuchsia to scarlet red to cute coral, a pretty pop of color on your lips goes beautifully with your healthy glow and minimal makeup. Avoid sticky glosses, and instead go for a matte lipstick. NYX Matte Lipstick ($6).