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Your Guide to Heat-Proof, Summer-Ready Makeup

Here's how to make sure your face doesn’t melt off in the scorching sun

“It’s easy to do makeup,” said no one ever. A lot of factors play into achieving that perfect look. It starts with your favorite products at your disposal and the best tools that match your skills. Don’t forget that full Pinterest board or bookmarked TikTok tutorial.


Applying makeup is one thing. Keeping it on is another. Keeping it on while doing a day’s worth of errands or at a social function in this record-breaking heat? A feat. It’s a skill that one should add to their resume. If there’s one thing that can’t happen in this weather, it’s our face makeup melting off. 

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All these factors are the reasons why makeup isn’t easy. It’s for those willing to do the trial-and-error process and those who don’t lose patience when conditions change. If anything, adding the extra challenge is why makeup is fun and will always be personal. 


Let’s ensure that the hard work you put into makeup application doesn’t go to waste. Let us help you impress people with makeup that doesn’t budge in the summer sun. Here are five crucial points to factor in when it comes to heat-proof makeup. 


1. Always start with sunblock

Heat-proof makeup should go beyond the surface. Sunblock is an important step and is the start of a good base, even after the summertime. Choose a sunblock that has SPF 50, at least. Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk gives you more than just UVA and UVB protection, it also has a blurring effect. You can also opt for one with a bit of tint, like the KOJIE SAN Tinted Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++.


2. Make it stick with a primer

A primer is important as it provides that “stick” needed for makeup to adhere to your skin. Primers also improve your natural skin condition so that it works better with makeup. If your skin is oily, look for one that inhibits oil production so makeup doesn’t slide off like the Ellana Minerals SPF 30 Stay Flawless Maclura Leaf Oil Control Primer. If your skin is dry, reach for a hydrating primer that provides a smooth canvas for your makeup such as the GRWM Cosmetics Makeup Prep Squad Lifeproof Primer. 

3. Make everything waterproof

Humidity and sweat are the two greatest culprits against your makeup this season. Your best defense is reaching for waterproof products that won’t budge and smudge. Teviant's The Ultimate Skin Master Foundation is so long-wearing, that it takes a triple-cleansing routine to take off. When it comes to eyeliner, you can get away with the all-day stay of Sunnies Face Easyline.  


4. Set everything with powder

Celebrity makeup artist Albert Kurniawan swears by using cream/liquid products for every makeup step, layered with a powder equivalent. You shouldn’t just set your foundation with a loose powder. Set your cream blush with a powder one like it. The same goes for bronzers, highlighters, and even your eyeliner—as you can use a powder eyeshadow to set it all into place. Products like the Patrick Ta Double Take Creme & Powder Blush Duo make it easier, but you can always play mix and match with your existing makeup stash.

5. Invest in a setting spray 

If there’s a hairspray that keeps your locks in place, setting spray acts the same way for makeup. It is the last step, but it is not the least. Setting sprays prolong the lifespan of your makeup, and it helps it look less cakey or powdery. Two of the best in the market include the Kiko Milano Makeup Fixer and The POREfessional Super Setter Makeup Setting Spray. They both don’t corrupt the colors or the way your makeup performs or the colors. These two prolong your makeup, giving it a protective layer that’s sweat, water, and humidity-resistant.


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