How to Avoid Makeup Meltdown

Pro tips on keeping a fresh face -- even in sweltering hot weather

Making makeup last all day -- especially in hot, muggy conditions -- doesn't have to be a high-maintenance hassle. Follow these tips from pro makeup artists Charlie Green and Molly Stern and your look, whether natural or dramatic, won't melt away before you finish showing it off.

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By Charli Schuler

Tip 1: Protect your skin Unless you want your skin to tan darker throughout the day, be sure to wear skincare products that contain SPF while outside, says Smashbox Cosmetics artist Green. She uses SPF formulas on models to keep their skin from tanning and appearing inconsistent in photos during all-day shoots. (Try Olay Complete Daily Defense UV Moisturizer SPF 30 , $14.99 .) Olay Complete Daily Defense UV Moisturizer SPF 30 Tip 2: Blot a lot "A lot of people make the mistake of toning down shine with powder puff and face powder, which can be problematic," says Green, who uses blotting papers instead. "If you're hot, sweaty and shiny, you don't want to add powder onto oil and perspiration -- you'll get a floury, chalky mess!" Instead, blot forehead, nose, upper chin and the area above the eyebrows with tissue or blotting papers to absorb oils without disturbing makeup. (Try MAC Blot Film, $12.50 .) MAC Blot Film Tip 3: Cool off your body "Don't expect to apply perfect makeup as soon as you jump out of the shower," Green says. "All it's going to do is absorb into skin and make you break out. If you're hot and sweaty post-shower, allow yourself 10 minutes to let your body cool down before applying makeup." On the go? Green suggests carrying a portable, paper fan to cool off whenever you feel sweaty while Stern suggests keeping a facial mist in your bag for "a refreshing boost." (A mist to try: Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist , $24 .) Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist Tip 4: Use a primer "[It] helps makeup cling on to skin a little tighter for longer-lasting grip and keeps you from getting oily and greasy during the day," Green says. Another option (great for guys too): Dab a little bit of anti-shine gel under or over makeup to take down the gleam of oily skin. (Try Lola Refine Shine Anti-Shine Gel , $24 .) Lola Refine Shine Anti-Shine Gel Tip 5: Keep it sheer Greasy makeup like heavy, creamy foundation doesn't last well in hot conditions. "It's going to melt and slip on your face," Green says. "Save heavy foundations for the winter and look for oil-free or sheer products that don't weigh down skin." Stern suggests using a lightweight tinted moisturizer l ike La Mer The SPF 18 Fluid Tint , $65 , in place of foundation. La Mer The SPF 18 Fluid Tint Tip 6: Wear waterproof eye makeup "If you define your eyes with lashes that are bold and look fresh, no one will notice the sweat," Stern says. Green suggests using eyelid primer (try Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer , $16 ) before applying eye makeup. You can also combine a long-lasting, waterproof eyeliner like Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Liner , $22 , with powder eyeshadow over it. "The eyeliner is like a primer ... [it] reinforces the longevity of the [eyeshadow], adds a velvety texture and enhances the color," Green says. Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Liner Tip 7: Chill your products If it's so hot that your products are melting due to heat exposure, pop them in the fridge or store them in an insulated lunch box that has been chilled in the fridge or freezer overnight, Green says. Remember, extreme temperatures can shorten the life span of your products. Tip 8: Don't be afraid of color Just because your makeup may melt doesn't mean you should shy away from color. "Waterproof mascara and a great red lip is one of my favorite looks with tanned, fresh skin," she says. "[When doing this], keep the eyes minimal but groom your brows." Warm colors like peaches, bronzes and apricots as well as smoky eyes in olive green, bronze and navy blue are also great for summer, Green says. Tip 9: Blend to touch up If your eyeshadow needs touching up mid-day, "take your finger and rub the makeup caught in the crease of your lid to re-blend," Green says. Then use a small eyeshadow brush to apply translucent powder on the lid to reset it. (Be careful not to drop the powder on lashes to avoid a "dusty eyelashes" look.) Apply a fresh coat of liner and some sparkle if you desire. (Try Laura Mercier Mini Loose Translucent Powder , $20 .) Laura Mercier Mini Loose Translucent Powder How to Rock Jewel-Toned Eyeliner Quiz: Is Your Makeup Bag a Mess? 9 Supposedly Long-Lasting Lipsticks Subject Subject Subject Message Message Message /content/package/c_makeup_meltdown/

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by EricaF123 Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 09:26AM Report as inappropriate

I really enjoyed this article. I live in SoCal and one minute it's pouring rain and the next it's burning hot. I also have oily skin and I have trouble making my makeup last. These tips will really help. Thanks!!

by RoleModel Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 05:56PM Report as inappropriate


by Bon_Bon Monday, August 15, 2011 at 09:12PM Report as inappropriate

Great tips/advice. Especially with Summer finally here. Eye primer is a (year round) must for me.

by MissPurple Monday, July 11, 2011 at 03:48PM Report as inappropriate

Eye primer is a must! I wear it every day. Without it, my eye shadow totally disappears into my crease.

by LipglossandSpandex Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 09:31PM Report as inappropriate

Great article. All info that I could use

by msbrown822 Friday, April 15, 2011 at 11:46AM Report as inappropriate

that olay is pretty good, i just need to wear it more often

by AmandaAmanda Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 06:51PM Report as inappropriate


by yckitsmary Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 02:20PM Report as inappropriate


by HopeK Monday, March 28, 2011 at 03:59PM Report as inappropriate

YES! great for anyone who has no clue about wearing make up in weather about 75... what a joke.. who lives in a place where it never hits 80.. ever

by lelalu100 Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 01:37PM Report as inappropriate

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