9 Best Beauty Products And Makeup For Sweaty People To Ensure Your Face Doesn't Melt Off

My name is Maxine Builder, and I am a sweaty woman. I'm not just talking about the summertime, mind you (although that's when sweat proof makeup and beauty products become all the more important). I sweat all of the time, from January to December; so over the years, I've had to adjust my beauty and makeup purchases around my propensity to perspire.

But summertime is, of course, the prime season of sweat, and for those few hot months, legions of women join my ranks and struggle to figure out which beauty products are best for sweaty people.

I sympathize with each and every soul who has to deal with sweat dripping into their eyeballs, causing perfectly placed eyeliner to run, or streaking meticulously blended foundation. And I've had my fair share of moments when I felt less confident because I knew how sweaty I looked, which made me worry that I seemed really frazzled. Sweat has this strange power to make a lady feel instantly less polished and put-together, and it can be straight-up embarrassing to be so sweaty all of the time, even though it's totally natural and normal.

But do not fear, sweaty people of the summer! Even though you probably just want to jump into a fountain to cool off when you're so sweaty, there are actually tons of products designed to help keep your shine in check and your makeup from melting off. Here are the nine best beauty products and makeup for sweaty people in the summer (or year-round, as the case may be).

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by Maxine Builder

Oil-Free Sunscreen

Sunscreen and summertime go hand-in-hand, and you should always be slathering on protection when the sun is strong. But if you’re prone to sweating profusely, use an oil-free sunscreen like this one from Neutrogena that promises (and delivers on) a matte finish.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70, $12, Amazon

Matte Primer

Prevent your foundation from running down your cheeks with rivers of sweat by using a primer. A matte primer is especially good in a situation like this, where you’re trying to minimize the amount of oil on your face.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer, $9, Amazon

Matte Foundation

Follow up on your matte primer with some matte foundation. Clinique claims that this formula has been “tested for streaking and fading at 88 degrees with a constant 80 percent humidity” to ensure your make stays as dry as possible.

Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup, $24, Nordstrom

Waterproof Mascara

Have you ever been so sweaty that you can feel the drops of sweat dripping down your eyelids to the point that your mascara starts dripping into your eyeballs? Well, I have, and it’s the worst. Prevent your sweat from making your mascara run by using a waterproof formula.

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black, $6, Amazon

Creme Blush

Creme blushes are way more forgiving in the summertime heat than their pressed powder counterparts. When blended well, they also give a dewy glow, rather than streaks of war paint.

Tarte Cheek Stain, $30, Sephora

Matte Setting Spray

Once you’ve got your heat-resistant makeup on, lock it down with a matte setting spray. Urban Decay’s formula allegedly ”features patented Temperature Control Technology,” which actually lowers the temperature of your makeup in the heat to keep it from melting and getting shiny. (Who knew makeup could be so high-tech?)

Urban Decay Cosmetics Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, $31, Ulta

SPF Setting Spray

I don’t know if you could tell, but I’m kind of a freak when it comes to applying sunscreen because it really is so important. This setting spray from Supergoop! will both keep your makeup from sweating off your face, as well as provide an extra layer of sun protection.

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, $28, Amazon

Golden Blotting Papers

The best way to deal with oil and sweat when you’re on the go is to bring along some blotting papers. I always have a pack of these papers from Tatcha in my purse. They’re all-natural, and absorb oil without messing up my makeup. They’re also golden so look really pretty, even after I cover them with my face juices.

Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers, $12, Amazon

Drugstore Blotting Papers

These blotting papers from Clean & Clear are also great at maintaining an oil-free look, and they’re available at pretty much every drugstore if you’re in a pinch. The blue paper turns translucent where sweat and oil have been picked up, which is kind of gross to look at… but at least you know it’s working!

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, $5, Amazon