Hot Weather Makeup: Top Tips & Look

If you have ever lived in hot and humid weather, your know that it is makeup’s enemy number 1. Your foundation melts, your eyeliner and mascara smudge, your blush disappears, until the only thing left on your face is pretty much your lipstick. But worry not, it not you, it’s the makeup! Regardless of your skin type, hot weather will cause makeup to melt away gradually and depending on the duration of exposure. But thanks to science and experience, we can now wear makeup that lasts for a long time in hot and humid weather.

#1 Waterproof Makeup
The easiest way to long-lasting, heat-resistant makeup is waterproof makeup technology. The best waterproof products include eyeliners and mascara, although you can find pretty much waterproof-anything. It’s important to keep in mind that waterproof makeup formulas include strong chemicals, so it’s best used in small doses and only when absolutely necessary.

My recommendations: Clearly I am not a fan of waterproof makeup because these are the only products I have. But I can recommend them

#2 Setting Powder
Makeup setting powders come in two types; loose powder which comes in a jar and pressed powder which comes in compact. Both are formulated for the purpose of mattifying skin makeup and setting it in place. They are meant to work by binding makeup to the skin for a long-lasting effect. Powder can be used to set your foundation, as well as to mattify and prepare the eyelids for eyeshadow and eyeliner.

My recommendations: These are my favourite affordable powders. I like the Fit Me! compact for traveling and use it to set my concealer. The E.L.F Undereye Powder is also great for dry skin and so affordable!

# 3 Matte Eyeshadow
I know this one might raise some eyebrows (see what I did there? xD) but matte eyeshadow is a great hack to set eyeliner, lipstick or cream blush. Simply match the colour you want to intensify with a good, pigmented eyeshadow and dab a small amount on your eyeliner or lipstick using a synthetic brush. This will not only intensify the colour, but it help set your makeup in place longer.

#4 Primer
Primers are probably the most polarising makeup item out there. There are those who swear by them, and those who call them a gimmick that can be replaced by moisturiser. Personally, I think it’s a matter of preference. Primers work on some people better than others. While I do appreciate some of the primers I have for their efficacy, I think it is best to try it for yourself and see. Generally, there are a few primers that work for either dry or oily skin, as well as those that work for all types of skin, so I will do a blog post on this topic once I have a larger variety of primers to try.

My recommendations: These 3 are all great for may reasons, but I especially love the Kiko one for it’s sun protection quality.

#5 Setting Sprays
I should come out and say this first: I am absolutely 100% biased when it comes to makeup setting sprays. I do prefer them any day over setting powders, which tend to emphasize any dry areas on my skin. But a good makeup setting spray can be hard to come by, especially if you are looking for an affordable option. If you are looking to find a good setting spray, I recently did an article on my top 3 recommended setting sprays.

Summer Makeup Look

Now that I’ve shared some tips on how to weather hot climate (slam dunk!), I thought it might be useful to give you an example of how I would use my own tips for a hot summer day makeup. As I mentioned before, I prefer not using waterproof makeup too much, so in this makeup look I used my usual makeup products, and -had it actually been hot in Berlin today- I would have instead relied on a setting spray. I couldn’t wait to try my new ABH Modern renaissance Palette so I decided to use it to create this look.


Product details:

-Kiko City Filter Sunscreen Primer: Because I am obsessed with SPF 50
-Chanel Aqua Lumiere Foundation: Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation with SPF 15, this is a light moisturizing foundation, so it is perfect for summer.
-NYX Contour & Highlight Pro Palette: I usually use the shade HCP S08 to lightly contour and bronze up my skin. I prefer to use powder bronzer and contour to help set my foundation.
-ABH Modern Renaissance Palette: I used the shades Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange to create a transition shade, then applied Buon Fresco on top of my mobile eyelid. Finally, I used the E.L.F. Eyeprimer and Liner Sealer to create a winged line in the shade Red Ochre. I also used the same shade to darken my satin taupe lipstick from Kiko.
-Maybelline Fit Me! Compact Powder: To set my undereye concealer.
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer: Highlighting is definitely an optional step, but I couldn’t help it #highlightaddict
-L’Oréal Infallible Fixing Mist, which I am still unsure about; first impressions here.

And now here is slideshow of the finished look! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and found it helpful! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them down in the comments!

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The Foundry girl.



3 thoughts on “Hot Weather Makeup: Top Tips & Look

    1. Hey Joyce! I’m glad you found this! The Kiko primer is really so good and works with many types of foundation, so it’s a great added advantage to have the sun protection factor 🙂 Enjoy and thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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