Great face through July and August? No sweat! These 13 summer makeup secrets are your best bet for a flawless, streak-free look through the year's hottest months.

1. Wear a primer

A primer is the key to long-lasting foundation and color. All you need is a pea-size dot of a lightweight, oil-free formula. Apply it before you apply foundation and concealer. A favorite is L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primer.

2. Use a tinted moisturizer

Whatever you do, avoid liquid foundation; it can become caked on, or worse, melt altogether. Tinted moisturizers are lightweight enough that they won’t make you look like a clown. Check out Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil-Free.

3. Apply powder

You should use a setting powder only in your t-zone. That way you can maintain a summer dewy look. Lightly dust some loose powder on your nose, chin, forehead, and upper lip. We recommend Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Loose Powder SPF 30.

4. Be picky about your concealer

The wrong concealer can leave streaks across your face if you start sweating. Opt for densely pigmented cream concealers, and apply to blemishes with a small brush. DuWop Circle Block is a favorite.

5. Check out multipurpose products

If you don’t want to look overdone, then use a multipurpose product that you can apply to your cheeks, lids, and lips for a simple put-together look. Try Nars Multiple.

6. Use oil blotters

Because the summer heat can make your skin excessively shiny, you should use blotting papers throughout the day to keep your skin looking nice and matte. Check out Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers.

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7. Apply lip stains

To prevent your lipstick from bleeding, use lip stains instead of fussing with lipstick and liner. Try Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain.

8. Choose creamy

When sweat and powders mix, the results aren’t pretty. Luckily, sheer cream eye shadows tend to cake less in hot weather. You'll love Laura Mercier Satinee Crème Eye Colour.

9. Apply liquid eyeliner

Kohl pencil eyeliners tend to smudge and melt in the heat, but liquid eyeliners stay put. Try L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner.

10. Choose waterproof mascaras

This is a no-brainer. Heat and sweat can easily smudge and fade regular mascara, but waterproof mascara can withstand all the summer heat and beach waves. A favorite is Maybelline New York Define-A-Lash Lengthening Waterproof Mascara.

11. Skip the powdered blush

Once again, powdered blush and sweat don’t mix. The combo often leaves you with streaky skin. You can avoid this pitfall by using a gel blush like Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream.

12. Choose a tinted lip balm

While lip gloss is great to wear, it can get runny and sticky in the sun. Instead, wear a tinted lip balm with a high wax content. That way it won’t melt in your bag or on your mouth. A popular balm is Aveda Lip Tints SPF 15.

13. Wear your hair up

If your hair is down, you’re just asking for sweat and oil to accumulate near your face. So by wearing it up, you reduce the risk of excessive moisture disturbing your makeup.

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A lot of cosmetics don’t hold up to the humidity, sweat, and sunshine of summer. If you follow these hot-weather makeup tips, you’ll be able to keep your cool about how you look all the way to Labor Day.


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  3. "How to Not Sweat off All Your Makeup This Summer," Teen Vogue, June 4, 2015.
  4. "The Rules of Melt-Proof Makeup," Glamour, June 23, 2014.

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