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How to Keep Your Makeup Sweat-Proof in the Summer Heat

 Keep your makeup light and simple in the hot weather.
Keep your makeup light and simple in the hot weather.
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NEW YORK CITY — With temperatures expected to hit 90 Wednesday, showing up at work, a job interview or maybe even a date without a melted-looking face of makeup may be difficult.

That's why DNAinfo New York asked local stylists for a refresher on how to look cool even when it's steamy outside.

“Less is more — that’s my mantra for all of my clients in the summer,” said city makeup artist Laurielle Gold. “No one likes the feel of heavy makeup when you’re sweating in the sun.”

1. Moisturize and Use Light Blemish and SPF Coverage

Staying fresh-looking begins with skincare, experts said.

Makeup artist Robin Narvaez advises clients to start by splashing cold water on a clean face.

“It’s a good way to help seal up your pores,” said Narvaez. “That sets a good base for not having everything slide off of your face.”

The major piece for starting your stay-put summer makeup routine is moisturizer, experts said.

“You just have to use the right moisturizer, one that’s maybe lighter than what you use in the winter,” said Eden Di Bianco, a makeup artist who specializes in cruelty-free and natural beauty products.

Drugstore brand Olay’s daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or 30 is a go-to for the summer, Narvaez said. Di Bianco also recommends moisturizing serums as a base, which gives the skin loads of vitamin C and antioxidants. She likes the Skinceuticals Line’s Ferulic serum.

Experts also recommended using a tinted moisturizer, such as those from Laura Mercier and Bobbie Brown. Topping the tinted moisture with a light dusting of sheer pressed powder or mineral foundation can also add a bit more coverage, and help set the look.

Gold recommends using a BB cream, a product that’s become popular as a skincare-makeup hybrid, as your only coverage for the summer. “BB creams are a one-stop-shop for makeup,” she said. “They have SPF, primer, color-correcting, all in one.”

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2. Use Smudge-Proof Liner for Eyes

When it comes to summer eye makeup, stick to long-wear products.

Experts recommended staying away from heavy eyeshadow if you’re concerned about the heat. Use waterproof eyeliners instead.

“There are some eyeliners that are really smudge-proof and come in different colors,” said Di Bianco. “You can have fun with those, play with color that way, and not worry about it coming off.”

Makeup artists suggested Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner, as well as eye makeup from brand Make Up For Ever. Choosing waterproof mascara is also the way to go to keep that makeup on your eyelashes and not running down your cheeks.

3. Use a Light Stain or Cream Blush on Lips and Cheeks

As for those cheeks, makeup artists suggested trying out cream blushes or stains, like one by natural line Tarte, that can be used for lips and cheek, to add bit of color without too much hassle. Those products work best if you’re not using mineral powder foundation for your face coverage.

A stain for lips — or a lipstick that’s not glossy — works, professionals said, because you don’t want to go too shiny with lips in the summer.

“You don’t want to use anything too gooey or glossy in summer on your lips,” said Narvaez. “Then you run the risk of looking too greasy and shiny in general.”

4. Set It and Forget It

To keep that too-shiny skin at bay in the summer, Narvaez recommends keeping oil-blotting sheets on hand.

Setting sprays also keep makeup looking fresh, professionals said. Di Bianco said misting brand Skindinavia's setting spray over your face can help lock in moisture and the makeup.

And while it may seem counterintuitive to spray something on your face to keep from looking greasy in the summer, Gold swears by Amore Pacific's Skin Renewal Mist in the summer.

"If you feel like you're a sweaty gross mess, this stuff reactivates your makeup," she said.

One more tip from the pros: "Make sure to really wash your makeup brushes in the summer," said Di Bianco. "Especially in the summer heat, those things can carry a disgusting cocktail of germs if you don't clean them."