How to Prevent Makeup from Melting in Hot Weather

Learning how to prevent makeup from melting in hot weather is important to looking your best even on warm, humid days. Without special attention to skin preparation and application, makeup is not likely to stay in place when temperatures are high. In addition to the heat melting makeup, sweat and oil from your skin will also cause it to smear, smudge and run. Careful thought to cleansing your skin, purchasing the right kind of makeup and applying it is crucial to keeping your look fresh in the hot summer sun.

Steps

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    Evaluate the cosmetics in your makeup kit.
    • Heavy, oil-based cosmetics do not wear well in hot weather. Light, shear and waterproof makeup will stay in place longer.
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    Rub an ice cube on your face then apply makeup. It gives the face a cooling effect.
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    Purchase makeup to wear on hot days, including light or shear foundation, waterproof cosmetics for your eyes and lips and mineral makeup or finishing powder.
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    Cleanse your face thoroughly but gently with a cleanser that is light and contains no oil.
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    Wipe your face with a toner to remove any excess oil and apply sunscreen by thoroughly rubbing it into your skin.
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    Rub a makeup primer onto your face to help keep your makeup in place. Smooth it into your skin thoroughly.
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    Apply a small amount of foundation, or if you can, simply use concealer in problem areas. Blend it thoroughly.
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    Set your face makeup with a light dusting of mineral finishing powder.
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    Put on your eye makeup, starting with waterproof eyeliner.
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    Finish your eye makeup by applying waterproof mascara.
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    Remove your makeup thoroughly before going to bed by repeating your cleansing routine.
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    Moisturize your skin by applying a light moisturizer that contains no oil prior to going to bed.

Tips

  • Try to prevent melting makeup by skipping liquid or cream foundation and use mineral powder instead. The less foundation and fewer products you use, the more likely it is that your makeup will stay in place.
  • When you are learning how to prevent makeup from melting in hot weather, keep in mind that waterproof makeup such as eyeliner and mascara is less likely to melt than the regular formulas.
  • Always keep your skin well-hydrated by applying a light moisturizer before you go to bed. When your skin has a good moisture balance, makeup is easier to apply and stays on your skin longer.
  • Wear a bronzer in the months when the weather is warmest. A bronzer is a good choice for hot-weather makeup, because you will not have to wear as much other types of makeup to add color to your face. Choose a liquid bronzer that is shear or a powdered mineral bronzer.

Warnings

  • Do not wear heavy makeup in hot weather. The more you apply, the more likely it is to melt and streak. Little makeup applied lightly will last much longer.
  • Never forget to apply a sunscreen. Not only will it make application easier and help makeup adhere to your skin, but it is vital to protecting your skin against the sun's harmful rays.
  • Do not apply makeup on dirty or oily skin. Gently cleanse your skin with a light cleanser that contains no oil prior to makeup application. This will help prevent it from melting and smudging on hot days.
  • Avoid regular mascara on hot days. It will melt and run in the heat. Try waterproof mascara that will stay in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Makeup cleanser (containing no oil)
  • Makeup suitable for hot weather wear (shear, light, mineral and waterproof)
  • Makeup primer
  • Light moisturizer
  • Toner
  • Finishing powder

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