How 6 Top Beauty Editors Keep Their Makeup From Melting Off
The reality of summer is often a far cry from tropical vacations and weekends by the ocean. Often, it's something more akin to humid subway rides and a familiar blend of sweat and foundation smudged on your iPhone screen. During those dreaded 35-degree days, it's not entirely easy to put on a good face (or apply one).
With my apartment sans A/C and the steamy commute that follows in mind, I figured it was time to put an end to all the caking, smudging, and dripping that's become an everyday occurrence. I reached out to six top beauty editors in the industry for their sound advice. How do they keep their makeup in its rightful place come summer? Keep reading for their best tips.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($49)
"I tend to sweat easily, so if I know it's going to be a hot day ahead, I pack on the setting spray as a preventative measure. My favourite trick is to spray it on after each layer. My routine goes a little something like this: foundation, spritz, concealer, spritz, blush, spritz, and so on. While it may seem excessive, it makes my makeup bulletproof every time—even on summer's most unbearable days." —Stephanie Montes, beauty director of The Zoe Report
"I swap my normal foundation for a sheer tinted foundation—Milk's Sunshine Skin Tint ($56) feels more like a light moisturiser than makeup. I also only use cream formulas (Tom Ford's Cream Cheek Color, $105, is the best) so that even when they 'melt' slightly, it still ends up looking pleasantly dewy. Blotting papers become a purse staple during the summer months--when I forget, ripping a piece of toilet seat cover will do the trick (weird but it works, I swear)." —Faith Xue, editorial director at Byrdie
Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray ($19)
"The foolproof tip for keeping makeup on during the hot and steamy summer months: Use setting spray! Duh. It's actually life-changing. My favourites are Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Setting Spray ($19) and Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray ($49). These are staples that any beauty junkie probably knows about, but they're considered two of the best because they actually work. I also layer creams under powders, especially for bronzer, blush, and highlighter. Two formulas are better for braving the elements, like humidity. Finally, just carry some makeup minis in your bag, and touch-up when you need it. If you're going to dance all night at a hot summer wedding, this is a must." —Lauren Levinson, senior beauty editor at PopSugar Beauty
3Lab Aqua BB Cream ($122)
"The foolproof tip for keeping makeup on during the hot and steamy summer months: Wear less of it. The less you put on, the less there is to melt off. Makes sense, right? On that note, it sounds counterintuitive, but I skip powders altogether in the summer. I find that they tend to get cakey when mixed with humidity and sweat. Creams and liquids are a better bet and look more natural on skin." —Jenny Jin, senior beauty editor at PureWow
"For starters, I just wear way less makeup in the summer—when it's hot and muggy, feeling like I have product spackled to my face is hardly appealing. And honestly, I prefer a dewy look over a matte look anyway, so I kind of just try to embrace the summer shine and make it look a little more intentional. For me, my makeup tends to stay on better when my skin is moisturised, so I'll combine a few drops of my foundation with a moisturiser or priming SPF. Then it's just a few dabs of concealer here and there, some waterproof mascara, a minimal lip stain, and a few swipes of RMS Beauty's Master Mixer ($55) for additional highlight. If I know I'm going to be outside or it's really hot, I'll reinforce my concealer with RMS's "Un" Powder ($3)9. Also, face mist is a must!" —Victoria Hoff, news editor at Byrdie
Becca Beach Lip and Blush Tint in Guava ($45)
"Switch to stains. In the summer, I trade in my powder blush and creamy lipstick for stay-put lip and cheek stains instead. They look fresh and natural, and won't get cakey or bleed in the heat. My current go-tos: water-resistant Becca Beach Tint in Guava ($45) for my cheeks and ultra-hydrating Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Peach ($58) for my lips. They're both tiny and totally portable, making touch-ups a cinch." —Jill Provost, editor in chief at Total Beauty
Now, read about the time the guy I was sort of seeing told me I wear too much makeup.