Sweat-Proof: Make-Up, Lotions, And Hair Products


When the temperature starts climbing, it’s hard to doll yourself up and then step outside without feeling like a drippy, smeared snowman melting into the ground.  Moisture from perspiration just doesn’t mix well with the cosmetics you’ve so carefully applied to our face and body.

But fear not!  Plenty of brands have wised up and started catering to those concerns.  They’ve released sweat-proof products that are much better at holding up to sweat than any of us could have hoped for a few years ago.  Consider some of these items to keep your summer face in place.

The best sweat-proof sunscreen:


No sunscreen is impervious to sweat forever, but there are a few great options out there. Banana Boat’s Performance Sports Facesholds up to moisture (aka sweat) for over 80 minutes.  For a higher SPF try Solar Sense Clear Zinc.  It’s just a wee bit pricier, but it does block UVA and UVB rays, and is waterproof.  These two will offer you some great sun protection but, as with any sunscreen, the key to protecting yourself as much as you can is reapplication.

The best sweat-proof foundation:

During the summer, you want something that feels light but still offers plenty of coverage.  A good choice is Smashbox’s Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation.  It’s hydrating and long-wearing, so your skin will look flawless no matter what the conditions.

The best sweat-proof mascara:

When you sweat your mascara right into your eye, that hurts!  So try Benefit BADgal Lash mascara. It stands up to high humidity and sweat, but isn’t too bad to remove, so you won’t feel like you’re tearing out your eyelashes at the end of the night. If you want a little less hold we LOVE It’s So Big. It’s added fibers make your eyelashes pop! No racoon eyes with this one when you wash it off little flecks of black just wipe off.

The best sweat-proof eyeshadow:

Some eyeshadows are better than others, but what really counts is the eye primer you use underneath it.  A good base of primer will keep your eyeshadow from creasing or running when you start to sweat.  A tried and true favorite is Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

The best sweat-proof moisturizer:

If facial moisturize is part of your daily skincare regime, you’ll definitely want something that stays put underneath the rest of your make-up and won’t run away as soon as you start to sweat.  Whatever brand you like, find something that’s oil-free and apply to an already damp face for best results.

The best sweat-proof body lotion:

Try out CeraVe Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Body Lotion 30 for moisture that sticks to your skin even when it sweats, and also provides protection from the sun.  It’s great protection that’s suitable for daily use, too.

The best sweat-proof hair gel:

To keep your quaff in top form, ditch the gel during the summer months and instead see if your preferred brand has a pomade.  It’s much more resistant to melting. American Crew makes a great pomade.

The best sweat-proof deodorant:

It goes without saying that deodorant is meant to hold up to sweat, but some are better than others. Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant/Antiperspirant is one of those.  It’s waterproof, comes in six different scents, and comes with a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.

When it comes to standing up to sweat, all brands, formulas, and products are not created equally.  In the hot summer months, everyone has trouble staying dry and keeping from melting, but you can give yourself the best chance by using products that are specifically created to stand up to perspiration.  Don’t let fear of sweating keep you inside this summer!


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