Ask Belle: Humidity Proof Makeup
Jun 10, 2015
How did you cope with this D.C. humidity? I have to reapply my powder every hour. Any tips you can share for keeping my makeup from sliding away would be appreciated.
-Slick in the City
Ah, yes, humidity and pollution can do such fun things to your makeup. Who doesn’t love looking in the mirror at 3:00PM to find her mascara on her cheeks and forehead shinier than newly polished penny. Such good times. Luckily there are some products that can keep your makeup in place, even when you live in a glorified swamp.
Step One. Moisturize and mattify with this 8hr Mattifying moisturizer sunscreen. It keeps your skin shine free, while hyaluronic acid hydrates. It also has a bit of SPF.
Step 2. Priming the skin is even more important when the weather turns muggy. Primer holds your makeup in place and keeps your pores from growing three sizes before lunch.
I like the NARS Pro Prime, but there are plenty of good brands out there. People rave about Urban Decay eye-primer for avoiding that oh-so-hot creased eyeshadow look. And if you want a kind of quirky but inexpensive idea for holding everything together, try Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel. (People swear by it.)
Step 3. After you’ve done the hard work of applying your makeup, a makeup setting spray will hold it in place for you. I like this “De-slick” product from Urban Decay because it controls oil throughout the day. It also comes in a travel size so you can touch up before happy hour. Need a drugstore version? I like Model in a Bottle and the NYX setting spray.
Other humidity-defying tips? Blotting papers are a waste of money. A light touch and some cheap toilet tissue do the same job. (Some women use toilet seat covers.)
And if you sweat instead of “glisten,” start with a spray-on anti-perspirant for body. Anti-chafing gel for any skin that rubs. Dry shampoo for your hair. And, most important, a few Herban Essentials wipes for pre-Happy Hour touch-ups in case odor strikes.