Now that we are entering into the hotter months of Dubai, we all need to start thinking about using sweat and melt proof makeup. Most of the people I see in the malls love to be cakey even in the hottest of days, let’s just leave cake to be eaten and not applied on the face. 🙂

I will start by emphasizing that it’s really important to remember the phrase ‘less is more’ especially in summer. Last thing you want for your face is the foundation dripping off and the kohl or mascara on your eyes melting off that you end up looking like a raccoon within an hour. I’m sure we’ve all been there once and it’s just not pretty.

Steps that I follow in summer are quite simple – oil free moisturizer, a nice primer for the face and the eyes, foundation, concealer, creamy blush/bronzer, mascara, and a lip gloss. I would definitely avoid powders as they don’t mix well with sweat and sort of washes off the whole thing. Though use it where you are extra oily like your forehead or your nose.

I like to buy waterproof makeup in summer since I don’t want it to budge, melt or wash away. Also, remember cream based products (in summer) are better any day than powders as they stick to the skin much better and stay longer. Though it would be best to apply cream and top it up with powder for longer stay.

Some waterproof, sweat proof and heat resistant makeup that I have come across:


Dior Diorsnow Uv Shield Protection SPF 50, Shiseido Refining Make up Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer


Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, Makeup Forever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation, MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup, MAC prolong wear nourishing waterproof foundation, L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte 24Hr Foundation, Cover FX Natural FX Oil Free Foundation, UD all nighter waterproof, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil-Free


EFFACERNES Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer


Cargo water resistant blush, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, NYX’s Rouge Cream Blushes


Shisheido Oil-Free Bronzer, Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer

Eye Shadow & Primer:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream, Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube (primer),  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer

Eye Liner:

Make Up for Ever Aqua Liner, Hourglass Voyeur waterproof Liquid Liner, Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eye Liner, Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, NYX Cosmetics Infinite Shadow Stick, Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Eye Pencil


Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, Maybelline New York Illegal Length Fiber Extensions, Blinc Mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

Eye Brow:

Stay All Day® Waterproof Brow Color, Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse


Laura Geller Lip Pops Lush Waterproof Lip Gloss, NYX Full Throttle Lipstick, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Makeup Sealer are a must have summer as it transforms anything into waterproof, smudge proof and long lasting. Some brands that I recommend are Make Up For Ever, Ben Nye, Skindinavia, NYX matte finish.

This concludes the sweat proof makeup options. Have you tried any of the products and what is your summer routine? Let me know in comments below.


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