While summer is filled with pool days, a barrage of outdoor activities, and lots of sunshine, it also brings up a slew of issues for anyone who wears makeup. Some common problems you may experience: mascara running down your face, smudged eyeliner, beaded-up foundation—or a cakey complexion from layering on powder. Thankfully, with a few tweaks to your makeup routine, these pesky problems can be solved.
Not sure what to swap? We’ve rounded up 10 of the most popular makeup products that’ll stay put through the hottest of summer days.
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1. Mascara that’s sweat- and pool-friendly
There is nothing worse than mascara streaking down your face on a 90-degree summer day, which is why you need waterproof mascara. While offering the same features as regular mascara—voluminous, lengthened lashes—it’ll also give you the reassurance that it won’t run, regardless of how much you sweat. Here at Reviewed, we tested the best waterproof mascaras and discovered that the Tetyana 4D Silk Fiber topped them all. It stayed put through spritzes of water, sweaty exercise classes, and full-on submersion. Plus, it goes on smoothly while lifting and extending lashes. Similar to other mascaras, you should wiggle the wand back and forth to coat each lash evenly to experience all it has to offer.
And we’re not the only fans. One Amazon reviewer raves: “Best mascara I ever used. I have some white lashes and it covers them completely. It does not flake, smudge, run down your face, or wear off. I have put this through the gamut and it held up through sweaty yard work, yoga, napping, face down at the chiropractor, and bawling my eyes out. It only takes a few swipes to cover and lengthen. Removing it takes a few tries to see what works best for you.” Get the Tetyana 4D Silk Fiber from Amazon for $15.57
2. Eyeliner that won’t smudge
Do you know the feeling of spending hours (OK, maybe that’s a tad hyperbolic) perfecting your thin, precise eyeliner wing, only for it to be smudged in two seconds in the heat? If you’re thinking “yes,” a smudge-proof liquid eyeliner is the way to go. This Stila liner gives you the ability to experiment with both ultra-fine, precise lines and bold, dramatic matte eyeliner looks. After testing, we dubbed it the best liquid eyeliner as the waterproof formula stays on all day—meaning through vacations, allergy season, and more. The best part? Application is simple, thanks to its felt tip.
Shoppers rave about it, too. One Sephora reviewer says: “The only eyeliner I’ll ever use! It dries so quickly and doesn’t fade at all until you remove it. I literally would rub at it with my fingers and it didn’t come off once it dried without makeup remover. I totally recommend.”
Get the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner from Sephora for $22
3. A setting spray to lock makeup in place
Picture this: You take your time applying the trendiest TikTok viral makeup hacks, walk outside, and watch all your hard work disappear over the next few hours of sweating in the sun. To avoid that happening in future instances, add a setting spray into your makeup routine. Urban Decay’s version feels lightweight and breathable, yet it claims to hold makeup in place for up to 16 hours. The oil-free formula agrees with all skin types, but it has a mattifying and anti-shine effect that works particularly well on oily complexions. These reasons, along with its microfine mist and incredible staying power, are why over 10,000 Sephora reviewers dub it their favorite.
One Sephora reviewer boasts: “I wore this one night when I was wearing heavy glam and glitter. I ended up getting hit by a car while walking to my event that night and spent the night in the ER, and my makeup stayed pretty much flawless throughout the whole ordeal. If you ever need your makeup to last through literally everything, use this.”
Get the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray from Sephora for $33
4. A powder to absorb excess sweat and oil
Setting powders are best for reducing oil in specific areas more prone to shine, like your T-zone, chin, and forehead. Formulated to blur the look of pores and lines, Huda Beauty’s Easy Bake setting powder guarantees melt-proof makeup. It comes in eight shades—ranging from translucent to rich—that suit most skin tones and undertones. Use a makeup brush, puff, or sponge to apply a generous layer of powder underneath the eyes, in the T-zone, over laugh lines on the outer corners of the mouth, and on the chin. To lock everything in, let the powder sink into the skin for three to five minutes and dust off excess with a large powder brush for best results.
According to more than 1,000 Sephora reviewers, this powder is a winner. One reviewer mentions: “I clicked ‘place order’ and immediately thought ‘why did I do that? This totally won’t work for me and my dry skin’… well, I was wrong. This is a great product. And it seemed to only get better throughout the day. In fact, when I first brushed away the excess powder (also bought the accompanying brush—love it), I thought it would look too cakey by noon, but in fact, it only seemed to sink in better with my skin as the day wore on. It blurs lines and keeps oil at bay.”
Get the Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder from Sephora for $34
5. A blush that won’t vaporize
Powder blushes seem to disappear with sweat, so to keep your flush, opt for a cream-based product. This one from Rare Beauty melts into skin upon application and leaves you with a water-resistant, natural finish and soft wash of color on your cheeks. More than 400 reviewers adore the five versatile shades that blend smoothly and won’t cake, crease, or clog pores. For the easiest application, use a dense brush or your fingertips to dab the cream onto the apples of your cheeks and blend out with the brush, your fingers, or a sponge.
One reviewer explains: “I’m in love with this blush formula. When you touch the product, it feels really creamy and gorgeous and then as soon as you blend it into the skin, the product turns velvety but it’s still super glowy. For me, this means it’s perfect for wearing under masks since it dries down and therefore doesn’t transfer!”
Get the Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush from Sephora for $21
6. Lip color that’ll stay all day
Now that many mask restrictions have been lifted outdoors, you may want to return to wearing lip products to complete your makeup look. This is where a good lip stain comes in, like the one from Yves Saint Laurent. It comes in 12 shades in total—ranging from nudes to bright reds—and each one offers a hit of color, a much-needed dose of hydration, and a 10-hour wear time. It also boasts impressive coverage compared to other lip stains and applies flawlessly every time, according to reviewers.
One Sephora reviewer says: “The best formula of any lip product I’ve ever tried. I am a liquid lipstick lover but I hate how drying some of them are and I often find traditional lipsticks to be too thick on my lips. This product is super lightweight and liquid-y and dries down to a matte finish but still somehow hydrates my lips. I don’t know how they do it, but my wallet is definitely going to suffer!”
Get the Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain from Sephora for $38
7. Primer to ensure makeup doesn’t melt off
The key to makeup not moving a single inch is a great base underneath it. Insert: The Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer—a.k.a. your new summer best friend. While absorbing oil and shine, this primer claims to secure makeup in place for up to 12 hours and keep it looking as matte as when you first applied it. The primer comes in a gel-to-powder formula that’s easy to apply, according to reviewers. It also claims to reduce the look of pores with ingredients like witch hazel, salicylic acid, and zinc.
One reviewer boasts: “My combination, adult acne-prone skin loves Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer, and I love its long-lasting mattifying power and how it keeps my makeup locked. It applies easily with a cooling velvet finish and no pilling. It wears beautifully alone, with finishing powder, or with Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream and finishing powder. As an outdoor worker, my job is physically demanding. I don’t often have access to a mirror or time to check and correct my makeup. I can confirm that after hours outside working in the summer heat, this primer didn’t move, crease, cake, or let shine show through even when I could feel sweat/oil on my skin.”
Get the Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer from Sephora for $39
8. A tinted moisturizer that takes the place of foundation
The sweatproof and SPF-infused formula of this Nars moisturizer withstands the hottest of summer days while keeping your skin smooth and hydrated. It even has some skin-benefiting ingredients, like brightening vitamin C. Its formula is super buildable—you can go for more or lighter coverage with less product or fuller coverage with more, depending on your preference—and it’s available in 16 shades ranging from fair to deep.
A Sephora reviewer says: “No lie, this product is literally amazing. I went to school with this tinted moisturizer on, and on this particular day, I had the dreaded mile run. After completing it, I checked my face in the mirror and all of the tint had stayed on and my face looked dewy and perfect… I always make sure that my face is clean and washed the night before so that the moisturizer has a clean base to sit on top of and sink beautifully into the skin, it’s perfect for that no-makeup-makeup look!”
Get the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from Sephora for $45
9. A liquid eyeshadow with staying power
There is no bigger bummer than eyeshadow creasing or disappearing completely under the hot summer sun. Invest in a long-lasting liquid eyeshadow, like the Armani Beauty Eye Tint Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow, to avoid the problem altogether. Built with a crease-proof formula, it glides on smoothly and claims to stay in place for up to 16 hours. It’s easy to blend into the skin and can be layered for natural or more intense makeup looks. Complete with an easy-to-use applicator, its pigmented formula allows for a variety of bold eyeshadow, eyeliner, or smokey-eye looks. To apply, use the attached applicator, an eyeshadow brush, or your fingers to sweep one layer of the eyeshadow to the lids and blend until it’s evenly distributed.
One reviewer raves: “I absolutely love this liquid eyeshadow! Such a beautiful gold shade. I just ordered another color. Easy application due to the really handy doe foot applicator and it doesn’t crease!”
Get the Armani Beauty Eye Tint Long-Lasting Liquid Eyeshadow from Sephora for $30
10. A streak-free bronzed glow
Of all the summer problems we encounter, streaky self-tanner on our face may be the worst. To avoid this common issue but still match your face to your body’s tan, opt to apply a bit of bronzer to your face instead. Available in four versatile shades, this Charlotte Tilbury bronzer is both long-wearing and silky for a beautiful, sun-kissed glow with each application. It’ll keep oil at bay while feeling invisibly thin and looking matte on the skin. Plus, it can be used to contour your face by dusting it in the hollows of your cheeks and along your jawline and forehead, or bronze by applying to your face where the sun naturally hits, like the cheekbones and jawline, and buffing it out.
One Sephora reviewer exclaims: “I have tried many bronzers and let me tell you, hunny, this is by far the best bronzer I have ever had, period! This will always be a staple in my collection. My husband was like ‘Hey babe you look so golden were you out in the sun?’ ‘No darling, that’s Charlotte Tilbury bronzer!’ Enough said. Add this to your cart now!”
Get the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Matte Bronzer from Sephora for $55
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