There are plenty of things to love about summer – the warm weather and sunshine, days at the beach, barbecues and picnics, to name just a few – but the number that it can do on your makeup is definitely not one of them.
We all know the kind of havoc that heat and humidity can wreck – with all the sweating and oil breaking through, you’re lucky if you can make to mid-day without all of your makeup melting off in the summer. For most women, keeping your foundation in place is the biggest challenge in the hot weather. Even if you use a primer and set it with powder, it can wind up sliding off your face in a hurry when the temperature starts to rise.
That’s why choosing the right foundation for hot weather is so important. While you may need a thicker, more hydrating product in the fall and winter when the air is dry and cool, summer calls for a lightweight foundation that can help control shine when your skin starts to get greasy or sweaty. When you’re checking out labels, look for a product that’s oil-free and mattifying to make sure that your skin looks fresh and flawless no matter how hot it gets.
If you’re not sure where to start in your hunt for the perfect summer face product, here are six foundations that look fabulous even in a heat wave.
Revlon ColorStay Makeup
When it comes to long-wearing foundations, Revlon’s ColorStay Makeup is a classic. The oil-free formula won’t rub off in normal wear and tear and can hold up in sweltering summer temperatures too. Best of all, it comes in a formula for combination/oily skin and one for normal/dry skin, so no matter what type of skin you have, you can keep your foundation in place all summer long. $12.99 at Ulta.
Dior Airflash Spray Foundation
If you want a lightweight foundation that won’t melt off in the heat, it’s hard to top the Dior Airflash Spray Foundation. It actually comes in a can so it sprays on in a fine mist for an airbrushed finish. You can apply it directly from the can or buff it onto the skin with a kabuki brush for a little extra coverage. $62 at Sephora.
NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation
Powder foundation is a great option for the summer because it can help soak up excess sweat and shine. NYX’s Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation is ideal for warm weather because it has a matte finish to keep you from looking shiny, but it still has a natural look on the skin — and it’s oil-free too. $9.99 at Ulta.
bareMinerals Matte Foundation
If you prefer natural makeup, bareMinerals Matte Foundation is perfect for the summer. It’s a loose mineral powder that’s free of oil, parabens, talc, waxes and other chemicals that can irritate the skin. Best of all, it has a matte finish so you won’t look shiny even if the temperature rises — and it has an SPF of 15 too. $27 at Sephora.
L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder
L’Oreal’s Magic Nude Liquid Powder is a lightweight liquid foundation that actually dries to a powder-like finish on the skin — which makes it perfect for holding up to summer heat. Because of its thin consistency, though, it looks fresh and natural on the skin. Its SPF18 can also keep you safe from the sun. $12.99 at Ulta.
Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation
Make Up Forever’s Mat Velvet + Foundation is an oil-free mattifying formula that can control shine all summer long. It’s also water resistant so you can wear it to the pool or beach without it running. The foundation also offers full coverage, making it perfect if you’ve got a lot of discolorations to hide. $36 at Sephora.