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Summer Makeup Tricks: 9 Ways to Make Your Makeup Last in the Heat

Don’t let your makeup melt away while you’re soaking up the summer sun.

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Start with primer

Primers will help your makeup stay put when you’re out in 95-degree weather, says Alexis Renny, a Miami-based makeup artist. One with SPF 15 will provide staying power, moisture, and sun protection all in one. “You don’t have to worry about moisturizer and sunscreen breaking down your makeup,” Renny says. “They’re three individual products that aren’t meant to go together.” If you’ll be outdoors for long periods of time, though, primer can’t replace a good quality sunscreen, she says. Check out these easy ways to beat the heat this summer.

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Pass on heavy foundation

Ideally, you should forgo foundation in the summer, and just dab a little cover up on small flaws, says Lorin Cole, a New York City-based makeup artist and writer of The Complete Book of Make-Up: Quick Tricks and Simple Secrets for Smart, Confident Beauty. If you can’t bear to leave your skin that bare, she recommends using a mineral powder instead of foundation. “Anything with oil is going to sweat off if you’re really hot,” Cole says. People with oily skin who need more coverage should opt for a waterproof, silicone-based liquid foundation. A CC cream, which provides coverage while moisturizing and protecting from sun damage, is great for people with dry or combination skin, Renny says. Heavy foundation is also one of many makeup mistakes that age your face.

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Apply with a brush instead of a sponge

When powder mixes with the oxygen in your sweat, the color of your makeup might change. “People with oily skin tend to buy powder-based foundations to matte-ify, but as they get hotter and sweat more, it oxidizes and gets darker,” Renny says. The key to using powder in the summer is to use a light hand, but sponges tend to add too much product. Instead, apply your powder with a brush for a lighter finish, she says. These are other beauty routines you might be messing up.

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Set your eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner is a little intense for the summertime. Use an eye pencil and then set it with a dab of black powdered eye shadow. “Anything that has crayon is going to get melted,” Cole says. “Black eye shadow will help keep it longer.” Here’s how to use eyeliner to look younger and more awake.

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Try a monochromatic eye

For a low-maintenance evening look, smudge eyeliner and then follow it with an eye shadow of the same color. Bronze tones can look fresh in the summer, but the look works with bright or neutral hues, too, Renny says. “The key is that you don’t have three different shades on one eye,” she says.

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Lighten up your lips

You don’t have to be afraid of lipstick in the summer, but light colors are easier to touch up than darker ones, Cole says. To keep lipstick from smearing, she recommends sealing your first coat of lipstick with a coat of powder, especially along the edges of the lips.

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Stay away from lip gloss

Lip gloss can intensify sunlight, making your lips more likely to get burned, Renny says. “A lot of people get sunburned on their lips and don’t even realize it,” she says. Here are other surprising skin cancer spots you might overlook. She recommends using a tinted lip balm that contains SPF to protect your lips. Miss the way gloss can make your lips look bigger? Cole says dabbing a bit of shimmery white eye shadow over the lips and then blotting can give lips sheen without melting into a greasy mess.

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Swap out blush for bronzer

Using bronzer in place of brush can keep your makeup routine minimal when you’re trying to streamline your products and go for a more natural look. “In the summer, I feel like blush is nice, but a lot of people to keep it minimal do bronzer,” Renny says. “Keeping things neutral and monochrome is easy.”

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Wear a hat

Not only will a cute, floppy sunhat keep your makeup from melting away, but it will also protect your face from damaging UV rays, Cole says. “That should be your first priority rather than worrying about having the perfect makeup,” she says.

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Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.