The Best Sweat-Proof Drugstore Makeup For Summer

We’re all very well aware of how fucking great the summertime is—tan skin, summer Fridays at the office, the beach, endless cocktails, etc. etc., but what we don’t talk about enough is the fact that the summer fucking sucks for your beauty routine. You know what I’m referring to: dry, frizzy, sun-damaged hair; boob sweat and pitting out by the time you reach your desk in the morning; and, worst of all, shiny skin that causes your makeup to melt off right after you put it on. That’s right, I’m talking about sweat beads of foundation on your forehead and mascara running down your face à la Lauren Conrad on that one episode of The Hills. To prepare your makeup supply (and your poolside selfies) without breaking the bank, we’ve rounded up the best sweat-proof drugstore makeup that you can pick up from your corner CVS.

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Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

For less than 10 bucks, you can get lashes that are as voluminous and shiny as falsies, thanks to Maybelline’s New York Lash Sensational Waterproof mascara. The fan-like wand will give your lashes major volume, and the liquid ink formula will seal in the drama so that the lovely mixture of sweat and humidity won’t leave you with raccoon eyes.

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Pro-Matte Foundation

If you’re going to opt for any sweat-proof makeup product, it should probably be foundation. There’s nothing worse than beige drops of sweat rolling off your nose, making for an uneven complexion for the rest of the day. L’Oréal Paris’ Infallible 24 hour Pro-Matte Foundation will give you buildable medium-full coverage with a matte finish that lasts for 24 hours.

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NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

Whether you want to add drops to your foundation for an illuminating base or give those cheekbones a highlight that can be spotted from across the room, NYX’s lightweight liquid highlighter will give your tan summer skin a radiant glow that’ll last in even the hottest bars.

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Wet N Wild Megalast Catsuit Liquid Eyeshadows

When you think of Wet N Wild, you probably get flashbacks of painting your nails with their pearlized nail polishes during your younger years. Well, while the brand has definitely gotten a makeover since our childhood, they are still a drugstore beauty brand staple. Their Catsuit Liquid Eyeshadows shimmer for a little added depth and dry to a matte finish, so they hug the shape of your lids like a snug catsuit.

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Covergirl Outlast All-Day Soft Touch Concealer

Even though Covergirl totally betrayed our adolescent years when they changed their “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful” slogan a few months ago (still not over it), they do make a pretty good sweat-proof concealer with a super soft sponge-like applicator that will cling to those bags under your eyes all day long, regardless of the temps outside.

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Flower Beauty Color Proof Longwear Lip Cream

Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty Color Proof Longwear Lip Cream stays on your lips for so long without feathering or fading, even if you spend your summer nights riding in cars with boys. The creamy texture dries to a satin finish and comes in five opaque shades to add a seriously bold lip to your look.

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Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer

While I’m not convinced that a middle-aged white dad who wears New Balance sneakers didn’t come up with the name, this primer does do a HECK of a job with controlling shine on even the sweatiest faces for 12 hours straight. What’s more is that while controlling your skin’s sweat and oil level, the primer doubles as a pore perfector to create the perfect blank canvas before applying your sweat-proof foundation.

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Milani Stay Put Matte 17 HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner

What’s cool about Milani’s Stay Put Eyeliner is that, sure, it’s humidity- and sweat-resistant so it’s great for the summertime, but it can also withstand all of the tears from your PMS-induced emotional breakdown. So, really, it’s good for any time of year. You can cry your eyes out in the bathroom at work and then go on about your day and no one will be able to tell, because your makeup will still be in tact. The thin felt applicator gives you a clean, precise line and it dries super fast so you don’t have to worry about smearing.

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e.l.f. Active Sweat Resistant Mascara & Brow Duo

Seeing as though the athleisure trend isn’t going anywhere, the gurus of the beauty world decided that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and in October 2017 along came e.l.f.’s Active collection. It’s makeup you can wear to the gym that won’t make your skin freak out. The collection features things like post-workout body towelettes, workout-ready hydration sticks, and sweat-resistant SPF’s, but the real star in our eyes is the Active Sweat Resistant Mascara & Brow Duo. The double-sided wand features a waterproof mascara and a sweat-resistant brow gel to comb and feather brows.

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Sweatproof Makeup For Your Gym Snapchat Session AKA Workout

Because girl world is basically the equivalent of wild animals fighting, there’s a handful of places wearing a full face of makeup to is frowned upon if you don’t want to be roasted in a group chat, like to bed, to the beach, or to the gym. Haters will say it’s Photoshop you’re desperate for attention and have seriously clogged pores. Well, we all know binge drinking is totally unhealthy and wreaks havoc on our liver and skin, but that obviously doesn’t stop us from doing it. So, on the rare occasion that you actually break a sweat at the gym, you’re still not going to leave the house without fully done eyebrows and questionably fake lashes. Like, what if you run into your ex or worse, someone from high school? There’s no way in hell you’re letting them see what you look like when you’re dying inside. If you’re going to look like a fucking idiot at SoulCycle, you may as well look decent good while doing it. Take it from a pro, you *can* wear makeup to the gym without looking hella thirsty. Here are 5 sweat-proof makeup products that won’t ruin your skin so you can look sexy with your hair pushed back.

1. Supergoop! Barre To Bar Beauty Set

This 4-piece set comes with everything you need to prep your skin for a hot yoga or pilates sesh in a fashionable toiletry bag. Instead of caking on foundation that you’ll just immediately sweat off, use the tinted CC cream to hide red spots and wrinkles while giving your face a smooth natural-looking glow. Don’t waste your expensive bronzer. If you like, actually work out and like to do it outside (WTF is wrong with you), make sure to use the super lightweight and breathable sunscreen serum to protect and prep your skin for tons of exposure to cancer-causing UV rays. Finish your natural look with the lip and cheek treat for a natural flush and glossy lip. After all is done, use the setting spray to control your sweat and keep this shit on your face where it belongs throughout your workout.

Supergoop! Barre To Bar Beauty Set

2. Arrow Revive Cooling Cheek Tint

For the freaks overachievers that actually use their lunch break as an opportunity to hit the treadmill, I’m concerned with your priorities this will def be your new obsession. As part of their active lifestyle-inspired line, this Birchbox cheek tint pen works with a simple swipe for blending in your workout red face with a pink glow for the perfect blush. The oil-free formula lasts through even the most intense routines and provides a cooling sensation to keep your face refreshed all day long. Bless. Even if you count walking to Starbucks as your daily cardio (hi), use this for your I-don’t-actually-work-out-but-I-like-to-pretend-like-I-do look.

Arrow Revive Cooling Cheek Tint

3. CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturizer

After sweating out all the alcohol you drank last weekend, you’ll want to control the sweat and oil coming out of your face, ya nasty. No one wants to see that shit all day long. Use this oil-free moisturizer for a non-greasy hydrating refresher. It dries as matte so it’ll absorb all the gross stuff quick and go on smoothly.

CliniqueFit Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturizer

4. Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara

If you’re going for a sexual look that says, “by ‘workout,’ I mean I pick things up and put them down but I mostly just like to stare at myself in the mirror,” then coating your lashes in a ridiculous healthy amount of mascara is key. This mascara is part of Tarte’s athleisure line that caters to all basic betches who just want to look good and talk shit at the gym. The waterproof formula is made to stay put, even through swimming (lol but who swims at the gym, or like, at all). Since Tarte knows us all too well, the mascara will give you flirty long lashes that are guaranteed to last through intense workouts into Sunday brunch.

Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Any sane person wouldn’t leave the house with ratchet-ass eyebrows, so I don’t blame you for doing them before the gym, either. Whether you’re broke or too lazy to get them done but ate your weight in drunk pizza so going to the gym is kind of mandatory at this point, this brow pencil makes it super easy to half-ass them before running out the door. You can fill in the areas that need serious TLC for natural-looking fierce brows and have them stay on through the full 45-minute cycling class.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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Sweat-Proof Makeup You Need To Carry With You At All Times

Waterproof makeup is cool and all, but just because my mascara has less chances of running doesn’t mean it won’t stop me from sweating profusely—which no one can know I’m capable of doing, obviously. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I slayed the fuck out of my makeup but no one was able to tell because by the time I stepped outside, half of my face literally melted off. Here I am trying to look like an arguable model—whether that be at a nightclub, dinner date, or IDK, a meeting with my entire workforce—but instead, I’m trying to keep it together by awkwardly attempting to make oil blotting look normal while casually sweating bullets.

So, basically I look like this:


It’s July, damn it, so I know you can’t really keep this act up for much longer. Maintaining your Sephora addiction ain’t cheap, so here are some makeup products to keep that shit on lock and stay looking grease ball-free all summer long.

1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Before caking makeup on, you should (already) use this lightweight primer that drastically reduces any redness, wrinkles, and other shit you don’t want on your face. This smooths out any uneven texture by minimizing pores so your foundation looks and stays #flawless all day long. Plus, with an added SPF, your face is protected against lame sun damage.

2. Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray

After you’re finaaally done putting your face on, you should be using a setting spray to ensure your artwork stays on long enough to be seen. This matte setting spray is honestly perf because it gives you smooth looking skin while absorbing any shine that’s totally not wanted. It’s alcohol-free and dries super quick so you’ll def have non-greasy skin all day long. Feel free to spritz away as you please if want a quick touch-up.

3. Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45

Prefer a setting powder over a spray? NBD, because this will replace whatever you use now and be your new lifesaver. Formulated to be sweat-resistant, this will set your makeup and help prevent gross oil from seeping out during the day. It even includes a high SPF so you can enjoy drunk brunch without that nagging feeling that you’re slowly getting melanoma. Since it leaves a matte finish, it’s great for reapplying if need be.

4. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

For morning or before a booty call bed, use this balm to moisturize, oil-control, and tighten those bags under your eyes. It’s like coffee your face—it’s literally described as an “energy” mask that rids any signs of exhaustion and stress (does this come in pill form, too?). You can use it before putting on makeup to keep your contour looking fresh af, or before passing out to ensure your skin looks radiant and refreshed.

5. trèStiQue Magic Mattifying Balm & Blotting Sheet Duo

Okay, so decisions are always impossible to make when it comes to makeup. Well, this duo is about to make all of your dreams come true and then some. One side is a soft balm that literally erases grease and works as both a primer and setter. The second side comes with hidden customizable blotting sheets. I know, why haven’t you heard of this before? Ugh, thank god for me. Buy this and keep it in your purse because we both know you won’t be able to live without it from now on.

How To Wear Makeup To The Beach Without Looking Extra

Life is hard when you want to go to the beach looking like a Victoria’s Secret model without having to do anything at all. This would require a change in diet (i.e. no late-night pasta and hourly weekly shots of vodka), which is something I’d like to say I want to do, but I don’t. It would mean putting on a ridiculous amount of makeup, where it would just become socially unacceptable to go to the beach at that point. No one wants to be that asshole who clearly is trying too hard to look good at a family beach. Everyone and their mother knows you look like a fucking idiot if you come to the beach with a fucking smokey eye. Like, please do so much less. Winged eyeliner says “I’m getting fucked up tonight,” not “I’m trying to get so tan that I start to look racially ambiguous”. A full contour is cool and all, but not worth getting an uneven tan over. You would think this is common sense, but apparently some people need a reminder. Ladies, it’s really times like these where the saying “less is more” is crucial to understand. If you want to pull off a convincing “I woke up like this” look with the most subtle makeup, here’s how:

1. Sheer Foundation

Obviously before you do anything with makeup, put some sunscreen on first. If you’re one of those lucky bitches who doesn’t have to wear foundation, don’t. If you must, though, use a powder-based or sheer foundation that enhances your natural glow. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation eliminates the appearance of dark spots, evens out your skin tone, and leaves a light, satin finish.

NARS Sheer Foundation

2. Beach-Inspired Contour Palette

Instead of having to find individual shades, Becca has done it right yet again. The limited edition Sunchaser Palette came just in time for summer 2017. The hues are inspired by a sun-kissed glow from a day at the beach. Lightly blush your cheeks to give the illusion that you may (or may not, no one has to know the truth) have burned your skin. Use a minimal amount of bronzer, but again, just a little. Remember, that’s the sun’s job. Finish off with a gorg shimmering highlighter to really step up your glow game.

Becca Sunchaser Palette

3. Neutral Eyeshadow

We aren’t going to use any purples, blacks, or hot pinks because this isn’t a night at the club. Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Palette has all the colors you need to pull off an effortless natural look. Start with a light nude, applying a slightly darker brown towards the outer edges of your eyes, and finish with a light shimmer towards your inner eye. Using a light shimmer will make your eyes look brighter and bigger. Although the girl next to you will assume your eyes don’t naturally glitter, the hot guy you flirt with won’t notice a thing (because he doesn’t even know what eye shadow is). That’s all that really matters, right?

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

4. Layers And Layers Of Mascara

Your not-so-natural-but-natural look means nothing if you don’t have the most volumizing waterproof mascara. Even if you’re slightly convinced you don’t have any lashes at all, the smallest ones are nothing the Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara can’t fix. By like, the third coat (maybe four for good luck), your sultry lashes will be batting the lenses of your sunglasses in no time.

Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara

5. Lip Gloss

Instead of a lipstick, go for a gloss to keep your lips looking full, shimmery, and hydrated. Pick a color that lies in-between a nude and pale pink. Soap and Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss comes in a bunch of natural-looking colors, so there’s bound to be several you’ll fall in love with. It’s also lip plumping so you’ll achieve that pouty look guys love without having to go full Kylie. 

Soap And Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

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10 Summer Makeup Essentials You Need to Get ASAP So Your Face Doesn’t Melt Off

There’s something in the warmer air that makes it an acceptable excuse to drink more. But with sitting outside under the blazing sun, trying to look cute sipping a margarita, comes major beauty no-no’s. Looking pale and sweaty on Insta is obviously not an option so, you’re gonna need some makeup that doesn’t melt as quickly as your resolve to not text fuckboys once the first tequila shot hits. So I’ve rounded up your summer beauty essentials—buy this shit like, now and keep them on you at all times. You know, just in case you decide to take a faux candid.

Damn, you are so lucky you have me to guide you.

1. St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse

If you constantly look like Casper the Ghost, have no fear. The best self-tanner is here. The Kardashians literally use their products so that’s when you know they’re actually fab. This award-winning bronzing mousse will be your new obsession. #SorryNotSorry. Depending on how deep you want your tan, wait an hour to shower for a “light sun-kissed” tan, or up to three hours for a dark bronze—no more than that or you’ll look like Tan Mon. To maintain it, moisturize and reapply when your little heart desires. If anyone asks, hell yeah you went to Punta Cana last week. Only you and I will know you just sat in your room developing this tan.

St Tropez Self Tan Express

2. Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

Before you put your face on, put this shit on first. This life-changing facial sunscreen feels so smooth it’s unreal. It leaves a matte finish so you can start your makeup with a clean slate. When you’re blacking out in 80 degree weather, this will protect your face from stupid UVA rays and from getting burnt AF. Word on the street is that it’s also water resistant so it’s really a win-win.

Lancome Bienfait UV SPF

3. Smashbox Spotlight Palette

This bomb highlighting palette comes in two different hues: Pearl or Gold. Each has three different shades to choose from, but no matter which one you choose, I guarantee your face will be just as lit as Kris Jenner was at her birthday party.

Kris Jenner

^Me the second 5:00pm hits. Oh yeah and here’s the palette:

Smashbox Spotlight Palette


4. Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal

When I’m outside for, like, more than five minutes, I feel like I sweat out of pores I never knew existed. I end up wasting not only an hour of my life, but I also waste a day’s worth of perfectly good makeup because sweat is a scum-sucking road whore and ruins lives. This setting spray was originally created for brides to keep them looking fresh for their big day as they sweat and ugly cry, but it’s really a must-have for anyone during the summer. Whether you’re going to a music festival or hitting a nightclub, you will still look ~flawless when you drunkenly look at yourself in the mirror.

Bridal Finishing Spray

5. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

While we’re on the topic of oily grossness, if you can’t get your hands on the setting spray, it doesn’t get any better than this. These oil absorbing sheets are Major Key to success, as the wise DJ Khaled would say. And they’re only, like, $5 and you can get them at Target so what’s not to like?

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

6. Supergoop! Fusion Lip Balm with SPF +30

I think this goes without saying, but then again, I always overestimate people. Lips can get real dry real quick, crack, and burn under the hot sun too. That shit is noticeable when you and your BFF are doing kissy faces on Snapchat, so be sure to rub this on beforehand.

Supergoop Lip Balm

7. Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Tint

Things that aren’t cute: Licking your lips profusely, getting lipstick on your teeth, and looking like The Joker after a really intense makeout sesh.

The Joker

The solution? Lip tints: A combo of a stain and a gloss. They’re practically smudge-proof and melt-proof. They glide on smoothly, stay on for hours, and your lips feel so luscious you might start to think you could be the next Angelina Jolie. Your lip tints are cool, your lip tints are poppin’.

Tarte Cosmetics Lipsurgence Tint

8. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer

I once asked a friend if she had accidentally cut her eyelids, because honestly that’s what it looked like at the time. She replied no, that it was just her eyeshadow so, the whole time I was like ?????. That is why I highly recommend this product and would rate it 10/10. Before you do a smokey eye, put this primer on your eyelids so it stays put and no one mistakes annoying creases for eyelid cuts.

TooFaced Eye Primer

9. Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Nothing says “I’m A Fierce AF Betch Who Takes No One’s Shit” like the perfect winged eye. However, during humid weather, eye liner can be so done with your shit and decide to just drip off your face. I know, so rude. Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner is here to save lives. One cat eye at a time.

Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner

10. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

May your vodka soda coffee be strong, your lashes be long, and Mondays be short. If there’s a mantra I really live by, it would probably be that. No one actually has the time (or the energy) to put on fake lashes when it’s too hot to function so, using this waterproof mascara is your best bet for sexual-looking lashes all summer long.

L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

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