Sweat-proof make-up tips

Stop your make-up from doing the slip & slide

Sweat-proof make-up that goes the distance? We hear you. Celebrity make-up artist Stacey Lacey shares her top tips on helping your make-up stay put, even when it’s a scorcher outside.

Don't sweat it

Hitting the gym, hot weather and other sweaty situations can wreak havoc with your carefully applied make-up. These little hacks can help keep it sweat-proof, whatever you throw at it.

Set the scene

If your skin is a little on the oily side, use a gel moisturiser before you apply your cosmetics. The gel formula will sink swiftly into your skin, leaving you with the perfect base for make-up.

Stacey’s faves

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

Avène Hydrance Aqua-gel 3-in-1 Moisturiser

Keep a cool head

Stacey warns that if you’re too hot while you’re applying your make-up, it can activate the ingredients that help keep your make-up in place, which could affect how long it lasts.

So throw open the windows while you’re getting ready, and keep cool while you’re out and about with a little facial mist or hand held fan.

Stacey’s faves

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner

Avène Soothing Thermal Spring Water Spray

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

Application is everything

Stacey rates a dampened beauty blender and nice clean brushes rather than using fingers for make-up application. It’s also easier for building up thin layers which will stay put better.

Stacey’s faves

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Morphe Wide Angle Foundation Brush

No7 Buff and Blend Liquid Foundation Brush

Mix things up

Combining different textures can help too, says Stacey. So use a water-based liquid blush, let it fully dry, then set with a very thin layer of translucent powder and apply a powder blush to finish.

“You’ll find that very thin layers of product work well together to keep everything locked in place,” she explains.

Stacey’s faves

Maybelline Cheek Heat Blusher

No7 Pop And Glow Cream Blush Stick

Prime time

Primer is key when it comes to keeping your make-up on. “They create a flawless canvas and prolong the staying power of make-up,” Stacey says.

Stacey’s faves

Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer

Benefit The Porefessional Primer

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Mattifying Primer

Good foundations

Everyone loves a great base, but Stacey suggests skipping the foundation if it’s a particularly hot day or you’re hitting the gym. Instead, buff a thin layer of long-wearing concealer into essential areas.

Stacey’s faves

Milani Conceal & Perfect Long Wear Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Becca Ultimate Coverage Longwear Concealer

Go steady

If you do want to use foundation, try to keep things simple. Don’t wear anything too heavy and avoid anything greasy or oil-based. “Try to use water-based products and do things delicately,” Stacey recommends. Less is more!

Stacey’s faves

Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation

Origins Ginzing SPF40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturiser

L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24hour Foundation

Bright eyes

Even if you know you’re going to get sweaty, you should be fine to apply under-eye concealer, as long as you stick to the inner corners. “I apply a full-coverage, long-wearing creamy concealer to cover and brighten,” says Stacey. “I find this stays in place whilst I do my workout.”

Stacey’s faves

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer

Huda Beauty Over Achiever Concealer

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer

Powder power

“Skip the heavy powder as it’ll turn into a cakey mess,” Stacey warns. “Instead opt for a thin veil of a fine translucent powder and apply with a very light hand to key areas like the forehead, nose and chin. Keep the edges dewy for a gorgeous finish.”

Stacey’s faves

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

Maybelline Master Fix Loose Setting Powder

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder

Eye eye

When it comes to long-lasting formulas, Stacey rates creamy eyeshadows. “They blend beautifully and stay put even if you get a bit hot, because that’s what they’re designed to do.”

Stacey’s faves

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow

NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil

Perfect peepers

Stacey’s top tip for preventing panda eyes? Waterproof mascara and eyeliner, of course! At the end of the day, simply soak a cotton pad with an oil-based eye make-up remover, place on the eye area for a few seconds, and then gently sweep away your sweat-proof mascara and eyeliner.

Stacey’s faves

L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye False Lash Waterproof Mascara

No7 Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara

Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner

Subtly does it

If there’s a chance you’re going to get hot and sweaty, leave the bold lip look for another day. Grab a gorgeous balm or gloss instead – any accidental smudges will be a lot less noticeable.

Stacey’s faves

Natural Collection Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Strawberry Lip Balm

Elf Plumping Lip Gloss

All set

Finish your make-up with a light spritz of setting spray to lock everything in place and act as a protective barrier against humidity.

Stacey’s faves

Fenty What It Dew Makeup Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Maybelline Lasting Fix Matte Finish Setting Spray

Matte about great make-up

Stacey swears by blotting papers for dabbing away excess oil and sweat throughout the day, without ruining your make-up. “They’re super easy to use and don’t take up space in your make-up bag – winner!”

Stacey’s faves

Fenty Invisimatte Blotting Paper

Boots Skin Clear Shine Blotting Papers

Soap & Glory Blot Right Now Blotting Sheets

Stay-put make-up? No sweat! These top tips will help you keep your cool all day long.