High temps, sunny skies, and outdoor adventures all equal one thing: sweat! As blissful as the last days of summer are, they can wreak havoc on your makeup. Luckily, with these steps to beat the summer heat, it’s easy to keep your makeup from melting away!

1. Prep it!

Prevent your makeup from melting off in the summer heat with an oil-free primer. There’s a TON of great primer options out there, so definitely try out a few until you find the best fit for your skin type! To use, apply a thin layer of primer before your foundation to help it last longer. Or, skip foundation altogether and just apply a color correcting primer.

And if primer isn’t your thing, you can always opt for a light oil-free foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF. Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, protecting your skin from damaging sun rays is crucial to maintain healthy, vibrant skin and prevent wrinkles.

2. Waterproof it!

This one’s a no-brainer. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner are obvs a must during the summer!

e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara

e.l.f Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

But…. sometimes it can be difficult to find a waterproof mascara color that you love. In that case, don’t switch to a mascara that doesn’t make your heart sing. Instead, simply use a waterproof mascara top coat to keep those lashes from losing their color from the summer heat.

e.l.f. Waterproof Mascara Top Coat

3. Stain it!

Lip Stains are a super easy melt-proof makeup hack for wearing rich lip colors that last all day! To keep your lips extra hydrated when you’re rocking a stain, don’t forget to finish your look with Lip Kiss Balm. And if you prefer a more natural look, skip the lip stain and go straight for a tinted lip balm.

4. Set it!

Another crucial step for melt-proof makeup, remember to lock your eyeliner, shadow, lipstick, blush, and brow color in place with setting spray or powder. Consider powders for quick application over your foundation with a brush, and quick-dry liquid setters over eyeliner, lipstick, and brows.

e.l.f Makeup Lock & Seal

e.l.f High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

e.l.f. Lip Lock Pencil


5. Mist it!

Staying shine-free this summer is a breeze with oil blotting sheets! Instead of whipping out a powder compact to cover up glistening after a long day, just blot a sheet over your face to lift the oils away without losing any of your makeup.

Once the oil is gone, freshen up with a quick spritz of cooling mist. Cooling mists not only hydrates your face, but can help lock your makeup into place for the rest of the night.

Everybody loves the #flawless summer glow, but maintaining it without melting off your makeup requires some strategizing! Share some of your favorite e.l.f. products for the summer on Instagram! Tag us in your post and #playbeautifully this summer.