Saving Face: 5 Easy Ways to Sweat-Proof your Summer Makeup

Published on 06 February 2019

Keen to know how to save face on when the heat is on? Follow these simple hacks to sweat-proof your makeup like a pro this summer. 

No matter how sharp your contouring skills, the summer months can serve up some tricky cosmetic challenges (hello sweat, smudges and creasing). We’ve all been there: you’ve done your usual morning preen routine but come morning tea time, your good work is literally sliding off your face. 

Want to say goodbye to the dreaded cosmetic landslide and keep your foundation firmly fixed to your face? Try these simple hacks for a flawless finish that will stay put as the mercury rises.

Ace Your Base

While you might think hot-weather maintenance is all about which makeup you choose, preparing your skin is equally as important. When it’s hot you’re going to sweat, and probably produce more oil too, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. To counteract excess oil and freshen the skin, use an alcohol-free toner after your morning cleanse. For hydration, opt for an oil-free moisturiser to avoid unwanted oil slicks.

TRY: NIVEA Refreshing Toner from Kmart; MODELCO Replenish Rose Mist Nourish & Tone toner from Priceline; NEUTROGENA Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 from BIG W.

Prime Yourself

In the minds of makeup pros, the one weapon that cannot be underestimated in the war against the melted visage is primer. Not only does a good primer keep your hard work in place and give you a smooth surface to work with (which helps keep makeup even), it refines pores like a dream. In the summer months look for a mattifying primer to combat the shine and you’ll be smooth sailing.

TRY: MAYBELLINE Master Prime Primer from BIG W; LACURA Beauty 3 in 1 Face Prime from Aldi; MODELS PREFER Perfect Canvas Mattifying Face Primer from Priceline

Keep it Creamy

Although they’re great in regular weather, powder-based cosmetics can tend to get lumpy and cakey when the heat is on. If you find yourself in the creasy eyelid gang, think about switching to a crème or gel eye shadow (you’ll find crème, gel and liquid options for blush, too). Losing your brow? Same deal. Choose a waxy pencil for true staying power. Lashes? Bypass the smudgy raccoon look and go for budge-proof waterproof mascara ALL. THE. WAY.

TRY:  SAVVY Cheek & Lip Colour from Priceline; MAYBELLINE Colour Tattoo 24H Metal Eyeshadow from Priceline; RIMMEL 100% Waterproof Mascara from Kmart.


Go Au Naturale

If there’s one mantra to be guided by when it comes to summer makeup, it’s that less is more. Keep it light by switching to sheer foundation or BB cream for subtle, natural looking coverage. Need more? Try a 24-hour matte foundation. Meanwhile, enhance that holiday glow with a light swipe of bronzer across the forehead, nose, neck and décolleté. For a pop of colour try lipstick in summery coral or orange-red tones lipstick or for some extra colour book a mani-pedi at Natural Nails and Beauty and go as bright as you like.

TRY: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Can't Stop Won't Stop 24 Hour Foundation from Priceline; L'ORÉAL PARIS Nude Magique BB Cream from Woolworths; RIMMEL LONDON Good To Glow Maxi Bronzer from BIG W; OXX Longwear Lipstick in Retro Red from Kmart.


Set and Forget

If you’re ready to say goodbye to creasing, smudging and the mid-morning disappearance of your previously immaculate visage then say hello to setting spray. Just like hairspray (or a top coat on your nail polish), setting spray is all about maintaining the magic and keeping things where they need to be. Close your eyes, spray a fine mist on your face in and “X” shape and a “T” shape (about 30 cm from your face) and you’ll be fresh as a daisy until the sun goes down. 

TRY: NAPOLEON PERDIS Final Fix Makeup Setting Spray from Priceline; NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Make Up Setting Spray – Matte from Priceline; OXX COSMETICS Make Up Setting Spray with rosehip oil from Kmart.