A Fashion and Beauty Blog by Michelle Potter

Sweatproof Makeup

Trying to keep your makeup from melting in the hot summer sun is a challenge.  These are my tips for keeping your makeup in place:

  • Wear the least amount of makeup you can when the temperatures rise

Tarte BB tinted treatment

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($37) – this is a great choice because it works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti aging treatment, and sunscreen all in one.


  • Use a creme blush

bite beauty multi stick

Bite Beauty Multistick ($24) – this can be used on your cheeks, eyes, and lips.  It would be great to use on days when you are short on time and to keep in your bag for touch-ups.


  • Before applying your powder use a blotting sheet.  Apply your powder sparingly with a puff or sponge if you have one.  If applying with a brush, tap the powder on.

Kat Von D blotting powder

Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder ($29)


  • When using mascara, choose a smudge free formula and then apply a waterproof topcoat

NYX waterproof mascara top coat

NYX Proof It Waterproof Mascara Topcoat ($7)


  • If wearing eye shadow, apply a primer first then your shadow.  Lastly set it with your face powder.

MAC prep and prime eye base

MAC Prep & Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base ($23)


  • Set everything and give yourself some more sun protection with this

Supergoop setting mist

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($28)


Bring your blotting sheets and setting mist with you to touch-up and refresh your makeup when needed.  These steps will keep your face from melting and you’ll look great all summer long.  XOXO Michelle

53 Comment

  1. Nothing I hate worse than sweating off my makeup!! I haven’t tried any of these products and keen to try a few now – I’ve been eyeing off a few in the tarte collection and really need to buy some ASAP!

  2. Nothing worse than having an itch or sweating as soon as you step out into the heat! I will definitely be looking for some of these products the next time I need to purchase makeup. Thanks for the great tips!

  3. Love thee suggestions! It gets so HOT here that it feels like such a waste to even wear makeup. So happy to find some things that will stay put!

  4. Great post! I completely agree with you, when it comes to makeup during the summer it’s best to go lighter. I have a completely different routine for summer beauty. Some great products you listed too, I’ll definitely have to check them all out!

  5. Thank you so much for all this info! I always have trouble deciding on what makeup purchases are really worth it – and this helps!!

    xoxo – blog

  6. Thank you so much for all this info! I always have trouble deciding on what makeup purchases are really worth it – and this helps!!

    xoxo –

  7. I hate when my makeup melts off! It’s one of the reasons why I don’t wear foundation that much in the summer unless it’s for a special occasion. I need to try that tarte bb tinted treatment 🙂


  8. Having my makeup melt is the worst! I try to avoid makup during the summer but there are times I had to make sure I look well put together even in the scorching heat. I want to try that Tarte BB cream. and the Kat Von D blotting powder. Thanks for sharing!

  9. M.A.C. Prep + Prime is EVERYTHING!! I love using it, and I actually need to buy some more. With this summer heat, having sweatproof makeup is definitely a great essential!

  10. Living in Italy, the summer is horrendes when it comes to makeup! I am usually already sweating it off before I even finish applying.. Thank you for the tips – I have to try that BB cream! Is it good for combination and sensitive skin?

    Ingrid |

  11. If I would have to buy make up, I would go for the seat-free ones. It’s an all-year round summer here in our place and it hard to maintain your looks with normal make-ups. Of course I don’t wanna look “zombie” under the sun.

  12. Great tips and great idea for a post overall! Thanks for sharing about all these products! It’s just what I’ve been looking for these hot summer days! 🙂

  13. The Kat von D powder looks really interesting. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way yet to get her products here in Greece, but I’m trying more “natural” brands now so I can be patient. 🙂

  14. I hate wearing makeup during the summer because it clogs up my pores and most of it runs out because of the sweat. I would love to give these products a try and see if they manage to stay on 🙂

  15. I love Tarte makeup and I really need to try that BB cream. I agree with the fact that wearing less makeup is so much better in the summer. I also love that shade of the Bite Beauty multi stick! It is so pretty!

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