There was a moment last week on Magazine Street in New Orleans when El Hub and I were sitting at a booth in a cafe while sipping iced strawberry lemonades to cool down when I officially realized just how unfathomably hot and muggy summertime New Orleans is/was. I was leaning back in the booth and spacing out, just staring blankly at a ceiling fan and the artwork on the walls when I leaned forward, and I felt the back of my sticky, sweat-soaked dress literally peel away from the vinyl.
Yup, ’twas pretty gross.
I think I sweated through that entire trip, but I also got some extra sweaty hands-on experience getting my makeup to stay put in hot, humid weather.
Gotta love silver linings. 🙂
I could’ve just gone barefaced and not worn anything, but where’s the fun in that?
Things to help your warpaint last through hot and/or humid weather…
- Setting spray
- Blotting papers (which we’ll talk about in a minute)
For me, these are all hot-weather non-negotiables.
In cooler climates, when it comes to makeup improv and leaving things out of my routine, I usually have a more go-with-the-flow attitude, but when faced with extreme heat and humidity, I think it really helps to use these products if you don’t want your makeup to slide off your face.
Starting with primer, I used two last week (the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer and NARS Pro Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base pictured above), one for my face makeup and one for my eyes.
Really, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of different kinds of primers out there, but I look for ones that do these two things to really help my makeup last longer: 1) smooth out the surface of my skin, and 2) latch onto whatever I happen to layer on top of them, be it BB cream, foundation, concealer, powder, what have you.
To apply a face primer, I blot my skin first with a tissue to remove any excess oil or moisture. Then I massage the primer on my oiliest spots — my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.
After that, I do the same thing with eye primer, blotting first, then applying it to my lids, into my brows (to help my brow products last longer), and under my eyes (to keep my concealer in place).
I give them about five minutes to absorb, then blot one more time with a tissue before applying my foundation, concealer, etc., on top.
Next up, powder. I find that if I’m going to wear any kind of creamy product on my face (like a BB cream or foundation) when it’s ridiculously hot and/or humid, I really need to set it with a powder; otherwise, said product will slide right off my face.
My powder du jour is MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, and I brought shade Medium Tan with me on this trip.
I dust a very light layer all over my face with a face brush, which I prefer to a powder puff or sponge for this, because they tend to apply a little more powder than I like.
After applying powder and the rest of my makeup, I finish with a setting spray, misting it all over my face to set everything in place.
There are also many setting sprays out there, but my go-to for hot weather is Urban Decay’s All Nighter.
Blotting papers for touching up
So how do you keep that makeup looking fresh throughout those hellaciously hot days? By touching up using a travel-sized setting spray, blotting papers an powder.
When it’s time for a touchup I…
- Blot my skin with blotting papers to cut down on shine and oil
- Dust a little more powder on my skin with a powder brush
- Mist my entire face with setting spray to set the powder in place
I followed this process a few times throughout each of the days I was in NOLA, and it helped my makeup last from dawn till dusk. Then when we went out at night (after I touched up one more time), all I had to do was add a little extra liner and a bright lip. 🙂
And just for kicks…
Here’s a better breakdown of the makeup I’m wearing in my post-beignet afterglow pic. From start to finish….
- Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm — Moisturizer
- Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer — Face primer
- Diorskin Nude Air Serum — Foundation
- NARS Pro Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base — Eye primer
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Tan — All over face
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Biscuit — Under eyes
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown — Brows
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel — Brows
- MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork — Lids
- Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense — Upper water line
- Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in Deeper — Upper lash line
- Estee Lauder Little Black Primer — Lashes
- Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara — Lashes
- Bobbi Brown Face & Body Bronzing Duo in Antigua and Golden Light — Cheeks (I mixed the two together)
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light — Upper cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose and inner corners of eyes
- NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi — Lips
- Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray — All over face
To the ladies and gents who live in hot and/or humid places, what do you do to keep your makeup looking on point and fresh? Do share with the class. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,