How to Apply Makeup in Hot, Humid Weather

By Jakki Rochelle

Hot, humid weather makes looking nice a difficult task. Your hair tends to either drop flat or frizz up into its own new style, while your makeup just won't stay where it's supposed to. Heat and humidity cause makeup to smear or seemingly melt off your face. In the heat, eyeshadow looks creased, and eyeliner smudges under your bottom eyelids. However, you can avoid this mess by applying a primer, using light, waterproof makeup and avoiding products that contain oil.

Heat and humidity can wreak havoc on your makeup.

Step 1

Start by applying a makeup primer to your entire face with an applicator sponge. Primer will flatten out the surface of your skin and help your makeup stay on.

Step 2

Use an applicator sponge to apply a light coat of oil-free tinted moisturizer to your face. Alternatively, you can apply a mineral foundation, using a large makeup brush. Liquid and cream foundations tend to be thick and heavy and can give the appearance of melting in the heat. Tinted moisturizers, on the other hand, help even out skin tone while remaining thin and allowing the skin to breathe. Mineral foundations can also even out skin tone and allow the skin to breathe.

Step 3

Apply an oil-free concealer to any blemishes on your face. You can also use it to cover dark circles under the eyes. An oil-free product is important, because oil causes the concealer to look greasy in humidity.

Step 4

Use a large brush to lightly dust your face with pressed or loose powder, which will absorb excess oil and moisture and keep your face from shining.

Step 5

Apply a light-colored powder blush to the apples of your cheeks, using a large makeup brush.

Step 6

Consider applying an eyelid primer to your eyelids before you put on eyeshadow. Although this isn't a common step in makeup application, it will ensure that your eyeshadow stays in place and doesn't crease.

Step 7

Use a small applicator brush to cover your eyelids with a thin layer of powder eyeshadow. Powder eyeshadows generally last longer than cream eyeshadows, but the key is to use a light color and apply it thinly.

Step 8

Line your eyes with a liquid eyeliner. Liquid liners are more likely to stay put and resist smearing than wax-based pencil eyeliners.

Step 9

Apply a waterproof mascara to your eyelashes. Because waterproof mascara is resistant to water, it will stay on longer than regular mascara.

Step 10

Carry around facial oil-blotting papers. If you notice your skin starts to look shiny, use a blotting paper to soak up oil and sweat. If you desire, you can follow up with a dusting of pressed powder.