Makeup: Could It Be...Sweat Proof?

A lot of us struggle with running makeup. During a midday face check you may find your face a shiny, runny mess thanks to sweat and humidity. Maybe you have a wedding to attend and want to have a flawless look for any photo ops with the lovely couple. Do you want to go to the gym or dance all night to your favorite songs without your makeup looking a mess?  

I've tried many different types of foundation and usually the result is not quite what I'm looking for as far as the staying power. There are tips and tricks to get makeup to stay, but a lot of us struggle with keeping the foundation on and looking fresh, especially when it's hot and that can leave our faces looking like an oil slick. We all want to have a flawless, fresh, and natural makeup look whenever we please. Thanks to science and technology you wish has been granted, or so it seems.
Many beauty manufactures understand the struggle and have created sweat proof makeup. Sweat proof makeup has been on the scene for a few years now making it possible to get through the day and a session in the gym make up in tack. Sweat proof, according to Merriam Webster, means resistant to sweat. Sweat is made up of water and salts. It is excreted from the pores on our skin to help us cool off. Our perfectly engineered bodies can unfortunately destroy a perfectly made-up face.

Titanium Dioxide is another common ingredient and is a pigment. It is used to protect the skin and provides opacity to cover blemishes. Talc and/or mica is used to add shimmer. It is considered to be a filler and helps with a smooth product application. Makeup also contains thickening agents, fatty acids, antioxidants, and preservatives. Silicone is a key ingredient. It is able to bind and resist water. This creates a barrier on the skin and keeps in moisture for hydration. It is a naturally occurring mineral that can be synthesized, or made in a lab.  It is used to create a flexible barrier on the skin.  There are different types of silicones that provide benefits depending upon your skin type due to differences in their chemical properties. For more about the science behind silicones visit FutureDerm for more beauty science tips. On to the good stuff the foundations that will keep that face fresh:

 MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof  Foundation $33 - 24 hour long lasting formula that according to MAC, will not budge. It is oil-free, transfer-free, and sounds like it is worry free. Definitely worth a try! Photo credit: MAC Cosmetics  
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation - $42 - This foundation is said to remain flawless providing buildable coverage and combating shine. Their customers gave this one a 5 star review and it is highly recommended. Photo credit: Smashbox
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Compact - $48-This liquid makeup in a compact promises smooth, even skin lasting up to 12 hours even in humid conditions and is available in 20 colors. There is also a liquid version. Photo Credit: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
ImageRevlon Colorstay Whipped Créme Makeup - $14.99-Made to be light and provide an all-day, flexible wear.  Photo credit: Walgreens

Others worth mentioning:
Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup
Maybelline Superstay 24HR Makeup
Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation


As I learned more about sweat proof, all-day flawless makeup I started hearing a lot about Primers. The key to anything, makeup included is having a solid foundation. Primer is just that it creates a base layer to help in application and staying power. For those of us with oily skin we can also use primer.  Check out the two below.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer $52 at and was recommended to me for my oily skin. (It still sits on my wish list).

Shine Control Primer by Neutrogena is more budget friendly at $13.49

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