Layering is key, says makeup artist Carmindy. Here's her technique:

Start with a dime-size amount of primer all over your face to even out skin texture.

Apply foundation over that. Carmindy recommends her own (naturally), a water-resistant, sweat-resistant formula that won't fade (Carmindy & Co Game Changer Foundation, $22.75;

Add a light dusting of translucent face powder to reduce shine. (I like Boots No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder, $12;

Choose water-resistant eyeshadow and eyeliner. (Try Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, $29;, and Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, $19;

Swirl a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks. Then dust a bit of powder blush over that in the same shade to set it. (Try Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, $45;, and Sephora Collection Colorful Blush, $15;

Brighten your mouth with a richly pigmented matte lip crayon. (I like Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, $26; NarsCosmetics)

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