I received an email recently from reader Melinda Rudy with the following enquiry:-
I’m not sure whether to ask you this, but this thing really bothered me. I have trouble applying make up since my face sweat a lot. I have oily + sensitive skin. And i sweat after walking for 5 minutes or expose to the sun for 1 minute. Could you please suggest a way/brand that is suitable with my current situation?
I did send Melinda a reply, but I thought it would make an interesting post too. The essence of the issue here is how to keep makeup on your skin when you know you will perspire or sweat.
Use a Makeup Primer or Makeup Base under foundation
To counteract oily skin and to keep foundation from sliding off when you sweat, try using a makeup primer or makeup base. The silicone in makeup primers will help hold your foundation in place. I have found from personal experience that powder foundations slide off less quickly than liquid foundations so you could try that over a base. If you can afford it, I loved the Guerlain Meteorites Pearles primer but a budget choice would be the Revlon Perfecting Primer.
Use a waterproof mascara and eyeliner
If you know you are going to sweat or cry or to have panda eyes in general, try a waterproof mascara or waterproof eyeliner. For waterproof mascara I like Diorshow Iconic or for a budget choice, try Maybelline. For eyeliner, I like the Guerlain Kohl pencil or I Nuovi Metallic liquid liner or for those on a budget, Silkygirl Funky Eye Lights rock! A budge-proof gel eyeliner I have also tried is by Bloop de Paris – it seriously does not budge and its budget price too!
Use a Cheek Stain for waterproof blush
For oily skins or people who perspire easily, a cheek stain will be a better option than a powder or gel blush. The most popular cheek stain I know of is Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics. You can also use it as a lip stain. I have not tried it myself though.
Use longlasting cream eyeshadow
I find that cream eyeshadow like Benefit Cosmetic’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows last a long long time on me especially when a powder eyeshadow in a matching colour is layered over it. It truly does not budge until I take a makeup remover to it, which is awesome!
Use an eye sealant to make eye makeup waterproof
There are a number of brands out there with sealants to make eyeshadow waterproof and budge proof. The only one I have tried is Make Up For Ever’s Eye Seal. Truly, it seals your eyeshadow and eyeliner and stops everything in their tracks. A budget option is available in Beautilicious under their Quick Liquid Eyes Kit but I have not tried that one yet.
Don’t put on makeup if you know you are going to be in the sun.
If you know you are going to be out in the hot sun and horrors! sweating! It might be a good idea not to put on your makeup until you get to your destination. When you get to your destination, quickly wash your face to remove sweat and sebum and then apply your makeup.
However, if you are on holiday and will be walking in the hot sun, sweating, skip the makeup. Instead, pile on the sunblock and if you really cannot do without your makeup, try a tinted sunscreen instead, with coloured lip balm. That’s what I did everyday during my holiday – minimal makeup and lots of sunblock
Do you have further tips to share to help keep makeup on? I’m all ears!