Come rain or shine, here are all the tips you need to make your foundation sweat proof.
Minimize Pre-Makeup Skincare
Skincare is important. Makeup or no makeup, you should be caring for your skin like you would every other organ in your body. However, you can take a bit of a hall pass on the days you need to a waterproof, sweat proof foundation.
There are three ways to approach your skincare routine when you want to avoid a makeup meltdown. The first is to use all products as you normally would except for less. For instance, one pump of moisturizer instead of two. To apply small amounts of skincare effectively, work the products into the palm of your hands then press the product onto the skin.
The second approach is to do a more committed skincare routine at night after removing your makeup to “make up” for what you didn’t do earlier.
The final way to do your skincare to sweat proof your foundation is to use only two products – SPF and primer. You’re still protecting your skin without layering it with too many hydrophilic skincare products that would attract moisture and work against your efforts to sweat proof foundation.
Use a Tacky Primer
The debate on primers is unclear. Though some promise small miracles for your makeup, one thing they can actually do is help sweat proof foundation. Creating a tiny barrier between your foundation and skin makes it hard for sweat to melt the makeup.
A good-quality primer’s main purpose is to keep makeup in place – especially foundation. All it takes is a pea-sized amount to cover the entire face. Allow the primer to dry down for three to five minutes before applying liquid foundation.
A lot of primers are silicone or water-based. These aren’t particularly good where moisture is the concern. To make your foundation sweat proof, opt for a tacky primer. When you press it onto your face after applying the primer, it should feel sticky. This indicates that the foundation will stick to the primer – and not the skin – which creates oil and sweat.
Don’t Layer Foundation
You may be tempted to add an extra coat or two of foundation to avoid a messy base, but all it does is weigh down your skin and make melting makeup even more noticeable.
Opt for a lightweight foundation with medium coverage, apply only one layer, and use a bit of concealer in the spots that need extra coverage.
Overall, a “my skin but better” foundation look fares a lot better in the humidity and makes the dew of sweat look more like a youthful glow. But if you insist on a matte finish, don’t bet on extra layers of foundation.
Use Waterproof and Sweat Proof Foundation and Makeup
This might be obvious, but if you find that you sweat through your makeup, waterproof products are a great way to go. This includes a waterproof and sweat proof foundation, mascara, and eyeliner. You can also use tints for eye shadow or blush as they are naturally resistant to sweat.
Limit Powder Products
We’re all guilty of touching up melting foundation with powder. And while the powder absorbs moisture temporarily, the applicator used to apply powder will lift the foundation completely if your foundation is already slipping in the first place. The result is powder ends up directly to the skin giving a cake-y finish.
You don’t have to avoid powder entirely. It’s perfectly safe to set your foundation immediately after applying. However, instead of pressing powder onto the skin or baking it with a sponge, lightly dust the entire face with a large, loose powder brush.
But don’t worry, you can still touch up your mug, just not with powder. To fix any patches of foundation that have begun to break down, use a damp beauty sponge and just the smallest amount of liquid foundation or concealer. Blend until your arm is nearly sore so that the touch-up is seamless and unnoticeable.
Carry Blotting Papers
For real absorbency, skip powder and reach for blotting papers instead. Designed to pick up oil and water, blotting papers shouldn’t move your foundation.
Keep them on hand and when you start to feel the sweat coming get to a cool place and gently tap the surface of the skin. Avoid wiping or pressing. Let the blotting papers do the work.
Finish Your Sweat Proof Foundation With Setting Spray
Setting spray helps foundation set into the skin like makeup glue. Don’t worry, it’s more comfortable than it sounds. The setting spray also cools you down and can be layered onto the makeup multiple times throughout the day without causing buildup.
Unlike powders and other makeup products, there is no such thing as too much setting spray. Hold your high-quality setting spray at arm’s length away from the face and spritz in a circular motion. Fan your face with your hands or a mini-fan to help the formula seal in the foundation.
Keep Cool to Keep Your Foundation Sweat Proof
This is the most important tip on how to make your foundation sweat proof – stay cool! This means drinking water and taking breaks from the heat or stepping into an air-conditioned room. Additionally, make sure you are cool before applying your skincare and makeup. Otherwise, your efforts will feel impossible. Don’t try to put anything onto a sweaty face.
Alas, on some of the hottest days, it will feel impossible to keep your look together and beat the battle of the sweat. In this case, it’s time to go bare. Take it all off, throw on a lightweight BB cream with SPF, some lip gloss, and let that inner glow shine.
Truthfully, you’re gorgeous either way.
Got any foundation sweat proof tips from your day-dates at the park or outdoor photo shoots? Let us know your secret in the comments below!