6 Clever Tricks to Meltproof Your Makeup

Six pro tricks to prevent streaks, smudges, and shine—all summer long.

1

Moisture check

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"The key to lasting summer makeup is starting with the right skin-care products," says Jackie Gomez, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City. If you tend to be on the shinier side, look for a mattifying moisturizer, like Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 ($14, amazon.com), to keep oil at bay. If you have drier skin, try a more hydrating formula, like Mario Badescu The Moisture Magnet SPF 15 ($24, nordstrom.com). Both are lightweight and have SPF, which eliminates an extra step—and layer—from your routine.


2

Prep time

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Similar to priming a wall before painting, applying face primer helps makeup go on smoothly and increases its wear. Rub onto grease-prone areas and let it sink in. Skip foundation and use concealer instead. "It evens out skin without feeling heavy," says Gomez.


3

Fadeproof blush

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When faced with humidity, powders tend to feel heavy on the skin and become blotchy, says Ashleigh Ciucci, a makeup artist in New York City. Go with a cream blush, like Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom ($28, net-a-porter.com), which contains dimethicone to help the pigment sink into skin and stay put. Tap the color onto the apples of your cheeks and blend toward your temples. 

Double duty: Tap onto lips for a sheer, nonsticky hit of color.



4

Smudge-free eyes

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Whether your look is smoky or neutral, adding heat is sure to yield messy results. Stop shadow from creasing with an eye-shadow primer, like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original ($20, macys.com). "This gives color something to hold on to and wards off greasy lids," says Gomez. Then use a water-resistant liner (Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner, $8, ulta.com.), eye shadow (Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, $23, makeupforever.com), and mascara (CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara, $8, drugstore.com).


5

Stay-right-there lips

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To prevent lipstick from migrating outside the lines, switch out your creamy go-to for a stain, like Wet n' Wild Mega-slick Balm Stain ($3, drugstore.com). For more pigment, try a matte lipstick, like Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon ($24, sephora.com), which will adhere to lips and is less likely to feather or bleed. 


6

Sealing the deal

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For an extra insurance policy, spritz on a setting spray, like L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Makeup Extender ($17, drugstore.com). This superfine mist contains oil-blotting polymers to lock everything in place.