How To: Quick 5 Minute Melt-proof Makeup (Plus Video)

I originally shared my Day to Night Sweatproof Makeup looks here, where I showed you how to insure a full face of makeup wouldn't melt away under the sun. Sometimes there are some formal situations where a BB cream and mascara won't cut it, right? But since so many of you wanted a fast, natural, minimal look, I thought I'd share that too! This took me under 5 minutes to do! It's survived hot summer days and I wore it to a pool party recently. But feel free to use your favorite products (as these are suggestions that work for me) and leave out products you wouldn't normally wear. Enjoy this 5 Minute Melt-proof Makeup!

N e e d:
  • Matte makeup setting spray 
  • Primer
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Cream Shadow
  • Powder
  • Lip Balm Stain
  • Mascara
  • Blush
    • Bronzer
    • Highlighting Powder
D o:
  • Mist face with makeup setting spray. I used Model in a Bottle because my other setting sprays are for a dewy finish.
  • Allow the spray to dry and then apply primer. I used NYX Photo-Loving Primer.
  • Next, it's time for foundation. I'm using a light-weight foundation from Neutrogena. It really disappears into the skin and gives a light-medium coverage. I prefer Revlon ColorStay, but I don't have a shade that matches right now.
  • Concealer is next! I didn't have any spots or redness to conceal, so I applied concealer to my dark circles only. I started off with Benefit Erase Paste and added some brightness and insured it would stay with NYX Waterproof Concealer.
  • Set everything with powder. Since I have dry skin, I don't usually wear powder, so I used the only one I own, which is ELF HD Setting Powder.
  • Next, apply blush, bronzer, and highlighter. I used Milani Luminoso (fave) and Rimmel bronzer. I also contoured with the bronzer. I swept on Hard Candy Bronzer, which is really a highlighter.
  • For eyes, use a long-lasting cream shadow, like Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. For an extra pop, I dabbed highlighter in the center of my lids and blended out. I didn't apply primer since the Color Tattoo stays put, but apply that if needed. I also didn't use any eyeliner because I wanted a really natural look, but include that if desired.
  • To finish the eyes, curl lashes (if needed) and then brush on mascara. I used Maybelline Big Eyes (love) but I applied the mascara everywhere but the tips. This prevents mascara meltdown--a tip I first shared here. I also added a coat of waterproof.
  • Set everything again with another spray of makeup setting spray.
  • Add your favorite lip product. I chose a Revlon Lip Balm Stain.
    • Total: 4 minutes 36 seconds 
    • Need proof? Check out the video below:


  1. Love the natural look for summer! :)

  2. Thanks for the tips, nice video, will definitely try it!:) Kisses Elle! xo

  3. I can always use a good makeup tutorial and because I tend to sweat outdoor in summer, a melt-free makeup is perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Brilliant! I am at the beach A LOT, so this is great info.

  5. that's definitely melt-proof! thanks alot for the useful tips :)

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  6. A quick but really polished look, Elle:) I love how you actually showed the timer in the beginning and end of the vid:D

  7. Love it. And your videos are so great! Good for you for overcoming your fear :)

  8. I hadn't heard of the make-up setting spray. Ought to treat myself to one;-)

  9. I've never heard of this spray, I'll have to look into it, looks great!

  10. I used to use Model in a Bottle ALL THE TIME. I need to invest in another bottle.

  11. Brilliant! I love using light weight foundations in the summer! Color Tattoos have been what I've been reaching for the past couple of weeks as it stays put, even in the ridiculous heat and humidity! xx

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  12. I should go out and find setting spray! Otherwise, I love the easy look!
    Ooh and I love your popsicle nails dear!

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  13. Great tips! Here in Florida I pretty much have to do my makeup the "melt proof" way everyday of the year lol.

  14. We are currently in a +104 degree F temperature so a melt proof makeup deems very useful. I really like your video. Next in my shopping cart, Benefit Erase Paste.

  15. love your guidelines! definitely useful for me as I am living in a humid country!

  16. I don't have half the stuff you mentioned! Time to go shopping :D

  17. This is so timely for me. It's been sweltering in NYC lately! Thanks for sharing your expertise Elle! I didn't know that about not applying mascara to the tips of your lashes.

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  18. Great recommendations hun, xoxo.

  19. This is such a helpful post, will certainly follow your great advice once summer arrives.Thanks for taking the time to stop by, your thoughts are always appreciated.

  20. This is really helpful since it is really warm here most of the time! (just not right now haha). Love your advice as always.

  21. See? This. You got a full face and used plenty of products within 5 minutes with no rush. You'd be awesome at the 3 minute make up challenge!

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  22. I've always found that the issue with 'summer' makeup is not necessarily melting but that a full face of makeup winds up looking extremely artificial and obvious in the bright, glaring sun. In general during the summer I just minimize the foundation... and layer on the eye makeup.


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