If you’re the makeup-wearing type, it can also mean a messy headache, and quite frankly, a sweaty mess. Here are the nine best sweat-proof foundations you need to know about to get you through the hottest of summers. There’s a lot to love about summer: the warm nights, the bikini-clad days, and all of that beloved downtime with family and friends.
Summer can be a sticky time, even if you’re naturally dry or have combination skin. I try to compensate for extra oil and sweat production in the summer by keeping my skin well moisturized (so it doesn’t overcompensate by sending my skin’s natural oil production into overdrive). But no matter how hydrated my skin is, it still doesn’t stand a chance against the high temps of July and August.
The good news? You can fight shine and boost your foundation’s mattifying powers by prepping your skin with a primer, or mixing a primer into your foundation. The latter will sheer out the coverage, making it great for beach days, but also keeping your finish totally matte all day long. Mattifying setting sprays can also help lengthen the lifetime of your foundation while cutting down on dewiness.
Foundation finish aside, if your main concern is keeping your makeup on in that hot, hot heat, consider shopping my favorite sweat-proof foundations below.
1. Makeup For Ever Mat Velvet
Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, $38, sephora.com
Water-resistant foundations are a great way to wick away extra shine.
2. Estee Lauder Double Wear
Estee Lauder “Double Wear” Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup, $37, Nordstrom
This is one of the most popular foundations among naturally oily bloggers, YouTube stars, and makeup enthusiasts. If it’s too matte for you, mix in a little primer or “normal” foundation formula to create your custom foundation.
3. Clinique Stay-Matte
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, $23, sephora.com
I love Clinique for all things skincare, and they’re foundation doesn’t disappoint. This oil-free foundation has a huge range of skinniness.
4. L’Oreal Pris Infallible Pro-Matte
L’Oreal Pris Infallible Pro-Matte, $12.99, drugstore.com
This foundation claims a 24-hour wear, and I’m here to say it does not disappoint. It’s one of my favorite summertime foundations because it sticks to your skin and will not move!
5. MAC Face & Body
MAC Face & Body, $27, shop.nordstrom.com
This foundation is lightweight and buildable to a medium coverage, with a natural satin finish that let’s your true glow come through (but definitely won’t move!).
6. Benefit Hello Flawless
Benefit Hello Flawless, $36, sephora.com
Benefit has a full range of products for naturally oily or sweat-prone skin, and this foundation includes SPF 25 for sunny summer days.
7. Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless, $6, drugstore.com
This formula has micro-powders to absorb oil, so it dries to a complete matte finish.
8. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage, $39, sephora.com
I love foundations with SPF in them, because you don’t have to worry about slathering on tons of products to get everything your skin needs. The less product you use, the more likely it is your face will last all day!
9. Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation, $35, sephora.com
This foundation has 21 percent pigment, so a little goes a long way and it stays on for hours.