Summer Week: Sweat-Proof Makeup Day to Night

I know. Your summer makeup routine consists of tinted moisturizer and some lip gloss. That's me some days too--click here for 5 Minute Makeup. But that's not what today's post is about. I'm talking about those occasions when you're wearing a full-face of makeup in the heat, like work, graduations, weddings, reunions, picnics, dog blessings (ok, maybe that's just me), parties, sporting events, nights out, concerts, etc. Some of us even wear makeup at the pool/lake/beach (I did to just to test out these looks)! I'm talking about Sweat-Proof Makeup, with looks for day and night. Remember, these are just suggestions, and use what applies to you! Enjoy.

P r o d u c t s:

D a y:
  • Start with a spray on your face of a makeup setting spray. Model in a Bottle works so well for me. Then apply primer. I love Benefit's Porefessional. Alternative: NYX Shine Primer
  • Next, apply a matte foundation, (preferably one with SPF) and I always hesitate suggesting foundations since they are such personal choices, due to skin type. I used Wet N Wild. Alternative: Cover Girl 3-in-1
  • To make sure concealer doesn't crease, try Benefit's Stay Don't Stray. If your concealer doesn't crease for you, skip this step.
  • Apply NYX Waterproof Concealer and set face with Ben Nye Powder or Rimmel's Stay Matte.
  • For blush, use a cream and set with a matching powder blush. Or try a stain, like The Balm in Staniac or Benetint. Feel free to skip blush, if you blush when it's hot out, like me!
  • Optional: Bronzer by Too Faced Chocolate Soleil or Rimmel; Highlighter by The Balm in May Loumanizer or Wet N Wild Reserve Your Cabana. I suggest a powder highlighter as opposed to a liquid or cream one, since the powder is least likely to melt away. If you have oily skin, you'll skip it.
  • For eyes, try a primer, like Benefit's Stay Don't Stray or Milani's Eyeshadow Primer. Then apply Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige--it's waterproof. Alternative: Maybelline Color Tattoo or Milani Shadow Eyez. These light shadows make the eyes look more awake. I didn't wear eyeliner, but check Night for suggestions. 
  • Curl your lashes and finish with your favorite waterproof mascara (I used one by Maybelline), and once your mascara has dried, apply another spritz of Model in a Bottle.
  • For lips, I used the Stainiac. Alternative: NYC or Revlon Lip Stains
N i g h t:
  • Follow the same steps as above, except for eyes, I used Rimmel Scandal Eyes Color Stick in Bad Girl Bronze. I rubbed all over my lid and then smudged Blackmail into the outer corner, making smokey eyes. Alternative: Maybelline Color Tattoo or Milani Shadow Eyez.
  • If you fill in your brows, I like the ELF Eyebrow Kit and then setting it with Anastasia Brow Gel. Alternative: Cover Girl clear mascara

  • If you want eyeliner, try Mirabella Permanent Liquid Liner or Milani Eye Tech Extreme--these are waterproof. I would also suggest a gel liner (like from Wet N Wild) and then setting it with black shadow. I used Blackmail on my bottom liner. I know it's intense, but I was going for a dramatic look.
  • For lips, I used a stain, then lined my lips (try Jordana or Wet N Wild), and finished with Rimmel Matte Lipstick in 104.
  • BONUS: If you have roots (like me) and didn't make it to the hair stylist in time, try Color Wow Root Cover. It's water-resistant!
  • Don't forget: Blotting papers! Alternative: Starbucks Napkins
Natural Day & Dramatic Night

What are your favorite waterproof or water-resistant beauty products?

Next up: Hair!


  1. Great post! I'm always experimenting with new ways to get sweat-proof makeup for the summer! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate

  2. thank you thank you thank you for this! i always have such a hard time with makeup during summer. ;)

    <3, Mimi
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  3. I actually have no waterproof item in my collection, if I think about it, but will probably buy a mascara and a makeup setting spray! Any recommendations?

  4. hahaha, dog blessings! really?
    great tips dear ;)

  5. My make-up is usually very minimal - both during the summer and winter. I appreciate the above tips though;-)

  6. Really want to try Model In A Bottle as I've only heard good things about it. And yes...agree on blotting papers:)

  7. My makeup is always pretty much a disaster in the heat...I need to check out several of the products you mention!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  8. @michaela:I recommended those in the post! :)

  9. i love shu uemura's waterproof mascara. all other 'waterproof/smudgeproof" mascaras never worked on me except this one.

  10. What a beautiful contrast from day to night makeup! I have to get myself the Benefit crease control product.

  11. I try to not use waterproof products, I have too the Colosal mascara. I feel better in summer without makeup :)


  12. One of your best posts yet, Elle! I really like the suggestion of setting sprays. I'll have to be on the lookout for that and some face primers.

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  13. Oooh- what a pro tip: setting spray BEFORE primer. I need to try this! :)


  14. Oh those are some great suggestions, I tend to wear less makeup in the summer because it's so hot but there are those days when you want to wear more and I think those are some great tips so that you can. I was wondering where do you get model in a bottle, I've heard so much about it but I've never seen that product at beauty stores before.


  15. Thank you so much for this post. These are such great tips. I hate sweating my makeup off in the summer heat.

    Tracy @ www.sunnydaystarrynight.com

  16. You look lovely, and that's pretty impressive! I don't think I could stand to wear that much makeup on my face for anything short of actually being on stage, though, but it definitely looks awesome!


  17. YES. Sweat proof makeup! Great tips. xo, Julie

  18. I'm not actually convinced I can sweat-proof my makeup... no matter what I do it won't stay fresh! I've never tried Model in a Bottle before though. Love the name!

  19. Love both looks, but the nighttime is definitely my favorite!

  20. It's so hard to find products that actually work in summer! Thanks for the tips!

  21. my maybeline gel waterproof eyeliner has worked well for me, and anastasia's lash genius.

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