The Very Best Stay-Put, Smudge-Proof Makeup
Steamy temps, sweaty skin and surprise summer rain showers are no match for the products the pros choose when they need makeup as tenacious as it is gorgeous.
Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes
This liquid eyeshadow dries to a soft, powdery finish in seconds and will not fade, crease or smudge until you wash it off. Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin recommends using the Creamy White shade as a base for all your favorite shadows. "Any color you apply over it lasts twice as long," she says.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Covet Waterproof Eyeliner
Makeup artist Emily Kate Warren was wearing this eyeliner recently at an outdoor festival where the temperature reached 104 degrees. "When I got home that night, its color and placement had not changed a bit," she raves. "It was a beauty miracle." Other selling points: the pencil's rubber grip; narrow, self-sharpening point; and saturated color range (from azure to true, inky black).
Votre Vu Arch de Triumphe
There are few makeup mess-ups more embarrassing than migrating brow color. Goodwin swears that this silky wax-based brow gel won't budge. Ever. It comes in four shades and has the same subtle sheen as natural hair. Apply the gel with an angled brow brush, using short, light, upward strokes.
Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup
A "wet/dry" foundation, which can be applied with a damp sponge (for more coverage) or with a powder brush (for a sheer finish), is a wise choice when the mercury is high. "Because it's designed to be water-friendly, it doesn't break down or cake in steamy weather," says makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor, who's partial to this Lancôme formula when he's working in humid conditions.
It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Stain
The first rule of warm-weather makeup: Don't wear too much. Just a smidge of this highly pigmented powder blush gives your cheeks a gorgeous flush that won't melt away. "Such a little bit goes such a long way that I can't imagine ever running out of this stuff," Warren says.
Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara
Waterproof mascara is undeniably enduring, often resisting even your eye-makeup remover. This brilliant formula is impervious to heat and humidity but rinses away with warm water and light rubbing when you're ready to be bare-faced. Makeup artist Troy Surratt also loves the skinny wand, which lets you get close the lash line to maximize the eye-opening effect.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Waterproof Concealer
"This concealer has the perfect peachy undertones to counteract darkness, so a few dabs are all you need to brighten the undereye area," Sotomayor says. That means there's no excess product to settle in to lines or smudge.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 111
This is O
associate beauty editor Alessandra Foresto's favorite red lipstick. We have watched it withstand triple-digit temperatures, dressing-drenched salads and multiple cups of coffee—sometimes all in one day. Its color stays vibrant, and it doesn't smear. Best of all: Foresto swears it never feels tight or dry.
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