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With the Record Heat, We Offer the Best Sweat-Proof Makeup

Stay looking cool when it's hot, hot, hot! Our beauty pro has found a trove of fab products that stand up to heat, humidity—and hot flashes!

This week, heat advisories have been issued for more than 100 million Americans across 20 states. Climate change is real, and hotter-than-ever summers are becoming the new norm. So what do you do (besides rally for better legislation, conserve electricity and the like), if you happen to be a fitness-loving, 50-plus woman who has a broken internal thermostat thanks to menopause and a distaste for sweltering temps. For starters, swap out the contents of your existing cosmetics bag to help keep your cool. The new tenants? A coterie of smart products that will keep perspiration—and makeup—from running right down your flushed face.

Here’s how I justify the investment in waterproof makeup: Sweat can strike anywhere, anytime, and without warning. So simply remind yourself that you’re not just buying the antidote to a summer ailment … you’re keeping your face polished and cool year-round and choosing to wear products that breeze beautifully through everything from a hot yoga session to a stuffy conference room. Here, some glam, no-budge choices to consider.

A primer that won’t slide right off your face

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer 

Designed to slip discreetly into pores and lines so makeup won’t, primer is your new best friend. But she’s one of those friends who can turn all slippery on you if not vetted properly, so make sure your primer is a matte formula, like the fan-fave Becca, rather than a Teflon-pan-like version.

 A foundation that survives a run without running

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Workout wear – This IT Cosmetics foundation stays put!

A female pro boxer was actually quoted as saying that this foundation stood up to her marathon workout runs, training sessions, and modeling shoots under hot lights. If it can survive a right hook in a notoriously sweat-filled ring, it can handle whatever summer and menopause throw at you.

A concealer that spackles—in a good way 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer 

The nice thing about this natural finish, lasts-for-15-hours champ is that, unlike some of its thicker, stickier competitors, it’s easy to blend before it settles in for the day. Plus, the sponge-tip wand applicator allows you to hone in on any sun-induced brown spots that may need to take cover.

A powder that stays outside the lines

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Powder perfect! Urban Decay works its magic.

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder

Here’s what sold me: It mattes you up, blurs imperfections, and makes any foundation  (even a slip-and-slide formula) instantly waterproof … all without migrating into facial lines. Plus, it has a shit-ton of positive online reviews and a claim that you can “cry, sweat, get wet—and your makeup will stay waterproof and flawless for up to 11 hours.”

A blusher that knows there’s a diff between pretty glow and flushed-AF

Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush

You were expecting cream blush, right? Bait and switch—in a good way. This tin of color contains a unique silicone-coated powder that adheres to your skin and withstands moisture (including, apparently, a dunk in the pool). The downside is that it only comes in two colors. The upside is that those colors are Bali (a pinky shade) and Los Cabos (a peachy shade), so you pretty much have warm and cool complexions covered.

An eyeshadow that doesn’t blink when the mercury rises

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Pigment that doesn’t water down – MAC has your back.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot

Apply this long-wearing hybrid shadow with a finger or a brush. It goes on creamy, then dries down to a stay-put, highly-pigmented finish. But don’t let those pigments scare you … the six shades are insanely wearable, with colors like Painterly (a canvas-like nude that I’ve worn for years) and Bare Study (a soft beige with gold pearl).

A liner that avoids travel in summer months

Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner

The unique twist tip never needs sharpening, which is great—except you won’t need to twist it very often since this liner is formulated to withstand everything from inclement weather to a total cry-fest. And that, in turn, might make you think it would be dry-as-a-bone and hard to apply. But no … it’s creamy and glides right on. 

 A mascara that won’t get all emotional on you

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Lashes that stand up to splashes – CoverGirl is solid!

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Thanks to bad wedding pics, cosmetics manufacturers nailed the art of waterproof mascara quite some time ago. This one’s got all the bells and whistles, though. It gives you that coveted big-lash look, is nice and affordable, is perfect for contact-lens wearers, and steadfastly refuses to come off unless you use the holy grail of makeup removers. (We’ve got a favorite … keep reading.)

A spray that freeze-frames your hard work

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

You might be thinking, Why would I spray moisture on my face when the last thing I want is moisture on my face? But this spray—designed to stop “makeup meltdown”—is a microfine mist that actually locks in makeup for up to 12 hours, while delivering a kind of youthful glow that looks dewy not sweaty when applied.

A product that turns everything you already own into waterproof makeup

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Make it last forever – Add Aqua Seal for extra protection!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal

Not to negate every recommendation on this list, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t alert you to the existence of this sweatproofing miracle: You can mix a drop or two into your favorite liquid makeup (foundation, say), mix it with your powder shadow, and apply as you would a cream shadow—or even brush a bit on over your existing makeup. Poof! Instant waterproofing. If you have any doubts, let me just tell you that one of the online raves was from a woman who performs underwater as a mermaid and leave it at that.

A makeup remover that will actually get these products off your face 

Garnier Micellar Waterproof Makeup Removing Towelettes

Let’s save you the bottle of messy remover, the cotton pads, the this-one’s-for-eyes-this-one’s-for-face circus … and just go with a handy pack of all-in-one wipes that get the job done from eyes on down. Even better, Towelettes work for all skin types—even sensitive complexions—and leave you utterly clean and fragrance-free.

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By Hillary Quinn


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