9 Tips For Locking In Makeup When You're Working Up A Sweat

Whether you enjoy wearing makeup to the gym, have oily skin, or it's simply summer, locking in your makeup to ensure it lasts all day can be tricky. After all, when sweat, oils, and heat are doing everything in their power to fade your makeup, you gotta know how to retaliate. Or at least how to prevent a makeup meltdown. And sure, things like powders, primers, and setting sprays can help. But there are certain techniques for using these products and others you probably already own that can make your makeup last even longer. So to find out some tricks that professionals use, I emailed with a couple of experts.

Daniel Chinchilla, celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert, and Ashlee Glazer, Smith & Cult Beauty Ambassador, both let me in on some of their secrets for ensuring makeup will last all day. And while their techniques may be a little more involved— steps you may not want to take if you only have a few minutes to do your makeup— if you really need your beat to last, Chinchilla and Glazer have the tips you need to increase any product's wear-time. So you can rock a full face when it's 100 degrees or even at the gym without worry, here are nine tricks for locking it all in:

1. Use Ice


According to Chinchilla, ice can actually make your makeup last longer because it helps temporarily close your pores. Simply rub an ice cube all over your face before you begin applying your makeup to help it last. And hey, this hack is probably quite refreshing on a hot day.

2. Stipple Foundation

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Beautyblender Original, $20, Sephora

Instead of buffing foundation into your skin, Chinchilla recommends stippling or pressing foundation into your skin with a tool like the Beautyblender. Not only will this give more coverage, but it will also keep your makeup in place. Glazer adds that you can keep your skin looking fresher over a longer period of time by applying your foundation in multiple, sheer layers rather than one heavy layer.

3. Press Powder

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MAC Luxury Powder Puff, $12 for 2, MAC Cosmetics

To properly set your foundation and make it last, Chinchilla says the key is to press, not swipe translucent powder on top. Not only will this prevent disturbing the foundation you've laid, but it will also form a sort of protective layer. "When makeup is properly set with powder, sweat will just sit on top of it, and you can just dab the sweat off with tissue without your makeup coming off," says Chinchilla. To best apply powder, try using a flat powder-brush or velour puff.

4. Sandwich Setting Spray

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Milani Make It Last Setting Spray, $10, Target

While applying setting spray last will always help lock in your makeup, Glazer actually recommends applying it throughout your makeup application to help everything last even longer. Try spritzing your setting spray after your primer, after your base products, and once again after the rest of your makeup is done to help it stay in place all day.

5. Powder Before Shadow

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Lancome Translucence Silky Loose Powder, $37, Sephora

To help lock in your eyeshadow and prevent it from creasing or fading, Glazer says to layer some translucent powder on top of your eyelid primer before applying your shadow. This will help set your primer and also make your shadow easier to blend.

6. Use Cream & Powder Shadow

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Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, $29, Sephora

If you need extra help making your eyeshadow long-lasting, Glazer suggests layering a crayon or long-wear, crease-proof shadow underneath your powder shadow. This will help especially with making sure colors stay vibrant and true.

7. Layer Liners

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $26, Sephora

To make your eyeliner last all day, especially in the waterline, Glazer says it is important to layer. She recommends first lining your eye with a waterproof pencil, and then topping it with a gel liner. To make it really budge-proof, she adds that blending the gel between the lashes is key.

8. Go Waterproof

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer, $30, Sephora

So you know you can count on your products, Glazer says it is helpful to look for products with claims that they are waterproof or will last at least 10 hours. This way, you won't put too much effort into layering products that didn't have the potential to last all day to begin with.

9. Seal Mascara

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $23, Sephora

So you never have to forgo your favorite mascara, Glazer suggests simply sealing in your mascara by topping it with a layer of waterproof mascara. If you also need to seal in your brows, look for a clear formula that can do double-duty on both your lashes and brows.

Because even though it can take some extra effort, having truly long-wearing makeup is not impossible.