It’s not easy to look fresh and pretty during summer when your sweating nonstop, your hair is limp or frizzy (or both), and your skin is often greasy. In fact, when temps are at their hottest and the humidity is at its highest, the last thing you want to do is to put on a full face of makeup and head out into the world.

But on those days when you have to make an effort with your appearance and you find yourself outdoors and nowhere near an air-conditioned haven, it’s useful to know a few tricks to keep your newly made-up face from melting. Behold: Our easy tips to ensure your makeup stays on even during the dog days of summer.

Photo by By Diogo A. Figueira via Flickr Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Photo by Diogo A. Figueira via Flickr Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

1. Use a primer

The foundation for flawless makeup application, primers work to ensure smooth makeup application, minimize pores, fill in fine lines and wrinkles, mattify, conceal, and nourish skin. Look for one with Dimethicone, a silicone oil that forms a protective layer on skin to help keep moisture in while leaving skin feeling dry and healthy. It not only helps your makeup better adhere to your skin and last longer but applying it over makeup refreshes and mattifies your beauty look, which is better than applying layers and layers of powder until it cakes.

Try: Fill It Up Primer, P795, Yes! Enjoy Time Korea

Try: Fill It Up Primer, P795, Yes! Enjoy Time Korea

2. Opt for multi-tasking makeup

The last thing you want to do is pile on layers and layers of skincare and cosmetics. Instead, opt for multi-benefit beauty balms like a tinted moisturizer, a BB cream, or a CC Cream. These multi-taskers are lighter in formulation, and work to hydrate, prime, and protect your skin with SPF while giving you buildable coverage. Some formulations also help to correct skin tone and give you a radiant, flawless finish. It’s your complete skincare and makeup routine in one amazing tube.

Try: BCDation, P1,198, Tony Moly (left) and Tinted Moisturizer, P1,950, Laura Mercier Cosmetics (right)

Try: BCDation, P1,198, Tony Moly (left) and Tinted Moisturizer, P1,950, Laura Mercier Cosmetics (right)

3. Go for gel and liquid liners

When it comes to eye shadows, eyeliners, and mascaras, the less you have on, the better. But that’s not to say you can’t benefit from a bit of eye-enhancing makeup. Gel and liquid liners brighten your eyes to give you a more wide-awake look while being more resistant to smearing, smudging, and flaking. Prepping your lids with an eye primer beforehand helps seal it into place.

Try: Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer, P1,299, Too Faced (left) and Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, P810, Jealousness (right)

Try: Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer, P1,299, Too Faced (left) and Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, P810, Jealousness (right)

4. Use cream blush or cheek tints

Sweat and powder mixing on skin and its resulting cake-y mess is definitely not pretty. The solution? Go for blush in cream formulations or liquid cheek tints. These not only stay on skin longer but also give a gorgeous flush of color on cheeks and face.

Try: Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée, P1,225, Josie Maran (left) and Cult-Status Natural Cheek Stain, P1,650, Tarte (right)

Try: Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée, P1,225, Josie Maran (left) and Cult-Status Natural Cheek Stain, P1,650, Tarte (right)

5. Try a tinted lip balm

Dry lips? Use a tinted lip balm instead of lipstick or lip gloss—less chances of it running or getting sticky—that you can reapply throughout the day to nourish your lips. But if you need to wear full on lip color, here’s an old makeup artist trick to transform any lipstick into a long-lasting lip color. Smooth on a hydrating balm on your lips and let it sit for a while until fully absorbed. Once a sufficient amount of time has passed, apply your lipstick onto lips. Get tissue paper and hold it against lips. Using a powder brush, dust baby powder or translucent face powder over the tissue and onto lips, making sure you completely cover every area of the lips including corners. Remove tissue and reapply your lipstick

Try: Tinted Brilliance Balm, P790, Pixi By Petra

Try: Tinted Brilliance Balm, P790, Pixi By Petra

6. Stash blotting sheets in your bag

Reduce shine throughout the day by simply blotting out the excess oil that accumulates on your skin. Instead of applying powder constantly—which can build up on your skin and get cake-y, keep blotting paper in your purse to soak up the grease while still keeping your makeup intact.

Try: Palladio Rice Paper in Translucent, P225, Beauty Bar

Try: Palladio Rice Paper in Translucent, P225, Beauty Bar

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