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How to Sweat-Proof Your Makeup and Summerize Your Subtl Beauty Stack

Face with Sweat and Makeup

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Ahh, summer – the season of tan lines, beaches, freedom, and the pesky makeup-ruining monster known as sweat. While summer is chock-full of some really great things, we’re sure that melted makeup, smeared eyeliner, and oxidized products aren’t at the top of your summer makeup to-do list. Luckily, with a few hot weather-approved tips and tricks you can easily grasp how to sweat-proof your makeup before your next jaunt around the globe. 

To learn more about how to sweat-proof your makeup and summerize your Subtl Beauty Stack, keep reading: 

SPF Will Always Be Your BFF

Sun Protection Factor Levels

Do you know the exact deets on what SPF means or does? “Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a scientific measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) B rays," says dermatologist, Dr. Anna Guanche. “If it takes 30 times longer to burn your skin with sunscreen on than it does without sunscreen applied, the SPF is 30.”

According to Dr. Bruce Katz, a dermatologist, “You want to wear SPF under your concealer as it provides a better, stronger base for your makeup application (and it can help with the whole summer sweat debacle).” He also recommends waiting a minute or two before applying your concealer or BB Cream (more on this below!) to allow your SPF to kick in. 

SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: Did you know that you can re-apply your SPF over your makeup if sweat and the sun seem to be taking their summery toll? However, you don’t have to worry about applying your normal liquid SPF over your makeup; instead, refresh your look with an SPF setting spray or SPF powder.

Moisturize Before Applying Your Primer and Makeup

How can Primer Help my Skin

Primers are a godsend, and they’re one of the most important sweat-proof essentials that you can use. "Primers are definitely the way to go during summer. They absorb excess oil, so if you get particularly oily or greasy, this is a great way to get ahead of that,” explains makeup artist, Ariel Tejeda. “Primers can also help your makeup apply smoothly and stay in place even during those ultra-hot, sweat-inducing summer days.”

SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: The MILK Hydrogrip Primer Mini is sure to become one of your favorite sweat-proof essentials; it’s an invisible primer that can be worn under your makeup for a smooth coverage, and it can easily withstand the day’s sweat. Or if you’re more of a minimalistic gal, you can apply it on its own for a naturally dewy, fresh look that’s always on trend

Skin the Foundation and Opt For BB Cream or Just Concealer

BB Cream Swatches

As for how to sweat-proof your makeup even more, makeup artist, Aidan Keogh, says to: “Opt for a BB cream or just concealer to add coverage and protection without leaving the skin feeling overloaded during the summer.” For the BB cream newbies out there, it’s a lightly tinted formula that combines sunscreen and skincare ingredients to provide a sheer coverage that evens out and protects your skin. Using a lighter base, such as a BB cream and/or concealer, can also help keep your makeup from melting away due to summer sweat and humidity. 

SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: In need of a good-quality, summer-approved concealer? The Subtl Beauty Hydrating Cream Concealer is a buildable medium-coverage formula that covers and brightens, making it the perfect product to use as your base this summer. Its dewy, hydrating formula will keep your skin looking ultra-refreshed all day long (even if the hot weather says otherwise!). If you’re new to concealer, click here to learn more about how to apply it. 

Try a Cream Blush, Bronzer, and Highlighter

Blush Contour and Highlight Face Guide

Sun-kissed skin is always in style regardless of the season. But, since SPF is non-negotiable all year long, bronzer, blush, and highlighter are must-haves for achieving a gorgeous glow without the sun’s damaging rays. As for how to sweat-proof your makeup when it comes to these steps, many makeup artists recommend opting for cream formulations instead of powder ones.

"Cream bronzers, blushes, and highlighters are great options for summer months because powder formulas tend to cake onto your skin in the heat and sit on top of it," says makeup artist, Carrie LaMarca. "The cream versions melt right in and look a lot more natural — plus, they often have much better staying power and can withstand sweat!”

SUBTL PROTIP: The creamy Subtl Beauty Lip & Cheek Rouge is a summer savior as it’s infused with jojoba seed oil, which is an extremely effective natural moisturizer that’s known to nourish and soothe the skin (AKA it’s phenomenal for summer!). Plus, it’ll help you achieve the ultra-sun-kissed look that’s currently trending on Tik Tok and won’t budge if you sweat. 

Translucent Powder Is the Ultimate Sweat-Proof Makeup Hack

Girl Applying Makeup in Front of Mirror

If you’re like a lot of makeup lovers and busy moms then mornings are the only time you’re able to apply your makeup, so you have to make sure it stays put all day long. While sweat can truly wreak havoc on any makeup look, applying translucent powder can basically make it impenetrable.

“Translucent powders are colorless and used to brighten, reduce shine, absorb oil and water (both components of sweat), and extend the time of your makeup,” says celebrity makeup artist, Robert Sesnek. “Because of its brightening properties, the best areas on the face to apply a translucent powder are underneath the eyes, around the nose, and on the center of the chin. “

SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: Need a lightweight translucent powder to help tackle summer? The Subtl Beauty Translucent Pressed Powder helps protect your skin from the harmful effects of blue light, eliminates shine, and helps to lock your makeup in place regardless of sweat.

Drink Plenty of Water for Hydration From Within

Woman Drinking Water

You may be saying, “Hydration has nothing to do with makeup.” But, the truth is that drinking the right amount of water daily can help cool your body both internally and externally, which reduces sweat. If you’re not sure how much water you should be having, divide your weight (in pounds) in half, and the number you’re left with is the amount of water you need in ounces daily.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can also add skin-boosting antioxidants into your water, like a lemon slice or an orange wedge. Either way, Tara L. Kaufmann, MD, says to avoid drinking things containing caffeine and/or alcohol (virgin drinks can be equally as delicious as those with booze!) as these substances can increase your core temp and cause you to sweat.

SUBTL BEAUTY PROTIP: Say it with me, ladies: “Hydration is essential to healthy skin every day.” Want to grab a cup that makes figuring out how much water you’ve drank easy? Check out this Sip Zest Cup that’s not only aesthetically pleasing (and it comes in pink!), but also has ounce measurements to keep you in the know. 

Summerize Your Travel-Friendly Subtl Beauty Stack for Easy Touch-Ups

Portable Makeup Stack

Whether you’re packing a carry-on for Europe or hitting up the ultra-tropical Bahamas this summer, our Subtl Stack is perfect for any and every look under the sun (or rain clouds for you European vacationers). And it’s super compact for easy travel. Before you head out – try summerizing your Subtl Stack with summery hues and products to sweat-proof your makeup.

Check out our viral video on transitioning your Subtl Stack to meet your summer makeup goals:


@subtlbeauty Summer is in full force and since the subtl marketing team is traveling to austin this week, i thought it would be the perfect tome to swap my spring makeup stack for some summer makeup shades. Im rocking peach, coral and warm tones this summer. What will you be adding to your summer makeup stack? #summermakeuptrends #compactmakeupkit #stackablemakeup ♬ original sound - Subtl Beauty

Haven’t grabbed one of our innovative Subtl Stacks yet? Take the quiz here to find the products perfect for you and the season. Need a quick beauty fix before traveling? You can grab one of these premade stacks. Either way, happy summer, and remember: the Subtl Beauty Stack always has your back. 

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