Makeup Tips for Hot, Humid Weather


DC summers are synonymous with hot, humid weather.

Here are our top 5 makeup tips to help you and your look survive this summer.

Prep properly.  As always, skincare is an important component to dealing with any change in weather.  Generally speaking, your skin will like produce more oil and sweat in the summer, so you’ll want to use products that will accommodate for that, such as a lighter moisturizer and a more robust cleanser and toner.  A good prep is also important to ensure that any makeup you wear lasts throughout the day.
Our recommendationsUrban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray or Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free

Opt for paper instead of powder.   Powders tend to sit on the skin, so when it’s hot, they can easily fade or, worse, migrate on your face.  Use blotting papers to set your makeup after its initial application and throughout the day to keep everything in place.
Our recommendationTatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers 

Lighten up your routine.  Lighten up your routine where possible with multipurpose products such as a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen or a multi-use makeup stick that can work for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Our recommendations:  Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil Free and NARS Matte Multiple

Go matte on the eyes.  Shimmery and glittery eyeshadows tend to migrate in the heat and humidity.  We recommend using eyeshadows with a more matte finish.  Using an eyeshadow primer, under eye primer, waterproof mascara, and/or a waterproof eyeliner can also help your eye makeup stay truer longer.
Our recommendations:  L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Eyeshadow Duos, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara, and Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Don’t forget the sunscreen.  You’ll want to up your sunscreen (and your sunscreen use) for the summer.  Follow sunscreen instructions carefully to make sure you’re getting the most protection possible and re-applying as needed.  Avoid greasy formulas that don’t blend well into your skin.
Our recommendations:  Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 

Photo Credit:  Shutterstock



  1. Those are really good tips. In Alabama it gets really hot and my makeup literally melts off my face as soon as I get outside. A light moisturizer and sunscreen is a must if I have any chance of keeping my makeup on

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