7 Sweat-Proof Makeup Products That Won't Budge in the Summer Heat
Cheat the heat with these items, from face-gripping foundations to nourishing waterproof mascaras.
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It’s official guys: It’s hot AF outside. Every day is a dance between 80, 90, and 100-degree weather, and that’s not even factoring in humidity levels. If I don’t have the A/C on in my apartment, my candles literally start to melt—but my makeup doesn’t. I’ve tested thousands of products throughout my career, so I can confidently say that I’ve nailed the whole sweat-proof makeup thing. There’s been a lot of trial-and-error over the years, but I’ve finally found a foundation that grips to my skin, mascara that doesn’t run down my face, and lipstick that doesn’t budge, regardless of the temperature.
Below, find my tried-and-true sweat-proof makeup picks that stay put throughout the day:
Best Sweat-Proof Lipstick: Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color
Shop it! $9.49, Ulta
I recommend this drugstore liquid lipstick to everyone—seriously, I even wrote an entire love letter to it. It's highly pigmented, doesn't dry out your lips, and will stay put all day. In fact, it can only be removed with micellar water or an oil-based makeup remover, so you know it's the real deal. It's kiss-proof, food-proof, sweat-proof, and more. It's the best liquid lipstick you'll ever buy, and there are 35 shades to choose from.
Best Sweat-Proof Mascara: Milk Makeup KUSH Waterproof Mascara
Shop it! $24, Sephora
Typically, I'm a non-waterproof type of gal, but that changes during the summer. Waterproof mascaras are formulated to be water-resistant and are therefore sweat-proof, too. This one has the added bonus of being formulated with hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil, which means that it nourishes each lash. I like that it's a vegan formula and that it gives me sky-high lashes that stay put in all sorts of weather.
Best Sweat-Proof Liquid Foundation: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40
Shop it! $39.50, Sephora
Run, don't walk, to get your hands on this full-coverage CC cream. It is by far one of the best products I've used on my skin—giving it a natural-looking finish, covering all my blemishes, not breaking me out thanks to its non-comedogenic formula, and protecting me from the sun due to its SPF. Plus, it gives me that dewy glow I love so much.
Best Sweat-Proof Powder Foundation: KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation
Shop it! $37, Sephora
If you're more of a face powders type of person, you need this foundation. It's full-coverage, and it lets me can do my full face in less than a minute (yes, I timed it once). It'll disguise any excess shine, give you the perfect matte finish, cover up any imperfections, and last all day. Trust me—give it a try and we'll talk.
Best Sweat-Proof Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Shop it! $33, Sephora
If you want to sweat-proof your everyday makeup, make sure to spritz your face with this setting spray. The formula absorbs oil, controls shine, and makes makeup stick to your skin all day. Recently, I've been using it to prevent my makeup from transferring onto my fabric face mask and it works like a charm. Truly, you'll be set for at least 16 hours.
Best Sweat-Proof Concealer: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full-Coverage Waterproof Concealer
Shop it! $27, Sephora
What can I say, IT Cosmetics knows what it's doing! If you prefer to skip a full face of makeup and instead like to spot-treat blemishes and under-eye circles with concealer, this is for you. The formula is high-coverage to the point where it can cover tattoos, and since it's waterproof, you can bet that it's sweat-proof too. Personally, I like to use a primer and a setting spray to really lock things in place, but I've used this concealer on its own and it holds up against high temperatures and humidity.
Best Sweat-Proof Eyeliner: KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Eyeliner
Shop it! $21, Sephora
In 2018, a makeup review went viral after a woman posted a photo of herself in the hospital, neck brace and all, with mascara running down her face and perfect, budge-free eyeliner. This woman had been in a car accident (no worries, she's okay) and even though she had cried, her eyeliner remained intact. She was using this liquid eyeliner, and if that doesn't sway you, I don't know what will. This is the real deal.