How To Prevent the Makeup Meltdown

You're the kind of gal who spends quality time with your beauty. There are many layers to this relationship; a solid foundation, a concealer that knows what's underneath, the way it makes you blush, all the way to a batted lash. And that's why it hurts so bad when it runs. You don't have to completely break it off with makeup in the summer just to keep it from ruining your day. There are products out there made to survive a sweltering day and to prevent you from having a makeup meltdown. JUST ONE LAYER: Avoid layering on face makeup/foundation.  Multiple layers of face makeup leads to oily skin in the summer heat.  Instead of applying multiple foundations (liquid foundation, bronzer, blush, etc.) look for a multitasker foundation such as Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 ($12.99 at most drugstores). BASIC OIL CONTROL: If you love the effects of a liquid foundation and won't stop for the sun, try this super natural oil controlling foundation primer. Oil absorbing makeups can be used on top of foundation to decrease shine. Try Bare Escentuals Prime Time Foundation Primer Oil Control ($21, Sephora) NO LIQUIDS: Try to stay away from liquid eye liner and lipstick and stick to pencils. The waxy formula of pencils will resist moisture and in turn not be runny throughout the course of the day.  Some cheap and reliable products are Covergirl Queen Collection Lasting Lip Pencil and Covergirl Point Plus Eye Pencil ($4 - $6 in drugstores). Another helpful hint is to store your pencils in the refrigerator during the hot season to help solidify the makeup so it will last longer on your face and not smudge.  By doing this, you will prolong the effect of your makeup AND be able to wash it off easily unlike some waterproof cosmetics. MATTIFY: Mattifying gel is used to control and absorb excess oils in your face while minimizing pores. Try Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel ($35, Sephora) This formula eliminates shine and oiliness while containing the skins natural moisture. BLOT IT UP: Blotting sheets can be your best friend when your face gets oily from the heat.  These sheets remove oil and shine without disturbing makeup. Your best bet is Neutrogena Shine-Control Blotting Sheets ($5, most drugstores) OIL-FREE BRONZER: Faking a sunkissed glow in the summer can be necessary if you don't have time to go to the beach and catch some rays.  Oil free bronzer is your best bet because it will minimize oil buildup throughout your day in the heat.  Try Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzing Powder ($35, Sephora) MIST IT FAST: A spritz of antioxidants and the purest water of Norway makes makeup stay put. It also gives you sweet relief from the scorching sun. The Maya Water FacialMist ($35, mayawater.us)   Additional research by Maria Passanant