Makeup That Can Take the Heat

One of my biggest makeup-realted issues is the fact that my face descends into a shiny mess in the heat! These are the products that I've discovered help keep the shine at bay in the sun.


This is my favourite primer as it takes away any shine but isn't overly drying on my skin. It's a cream formula and gives my skin that satin finish that serves as the perfect base for my makeup. It definitely helps my makeup to last longer too.

Cover FX Mattifying Anti-Blemish BB Gel* | £35

I'm sure regular readers are sick to death of hearing about this but it really is that flipping good! It's so hard to find a long-lasting matte base with a lighter coverage, and a traditional tinted moisturiser isn't always going to work for combination/oily skin. Despite being so lightweight, I still feel it makes my skin look way more flawless and even. The colour match is spot on for me too. It's one of the few products that's light enough to wear to the beach in the height of summer but doesn't turn into an oil slick on my face. I also don't find it too drying despite the matte finish. 

Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation* | £21.50

For me, the big downside of this foundation is that the shade range leans a little too much towards neutral for me (even the shades that seem like they'll be warm-toned) however I can kind of work with it and as this post is about long-wearing formulas, I had to give it a mention because that's one thing you can't fault it on! It has a good medium-full coverage but doesn't feel thick or caky on the skin, even in the heat. I don't know how it does it but it somehow gives the coverage without looking like you're wearing loads of makeup. The texture is quite nice and mousse-like so although it gives a matte finish, it isn't too drying. The longevity is absolutely amazing though; it keeps my face shine-free all day long and even hours later it isn't breaking up around the usual problem areas. It's such a great formula that I'm a little bit heartbroken the shade isn't quite there for me. However if you do like a more neutral tone then go for it. This is pretty great as a summer evening option; when you want that coverage but you don't want something that's going to sweat off in the heat.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £17.50 

This is just the perfect Summer concealer! It doesn't feel too thick and heavy like the Nars sometimes can (I love you for Autumn/Winter, but in Summer you can be a bit much! I'm sorry, please forgive me...) but still packs a punch with the coverage. I don't know how it feels so light, fluffy and hydrating without being greasy or fading but it does; I'm not going to question it! What I love about this formula is that it works both on blemishes and under the eyes and once applied it isn't going to slip or slide around on my skin.

Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder | £11.95

I used to have a lot of issues with concealer always fading under my eyes first and my eyeliner and mascara smearing in that area too. However I discovered the importance of setting under my eyes and the best product I've found for that so far is the Ben Nye powder. I apply it under my eyes and to my t-zone and around the nose (the usual problem areas) with a damp BeautyBlender and it's completely changed my makeup game. I can't believe how incredibly well everything stays in place, even in the sun! It isn't super-mattifying but it keeps the shine at bay. It has a very fine, traceless texture and the Banana shade is really brightening under the eyes too.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder | £8.99

This is the powder I always throw in my handbag for those on-the-go touch-ups. It does have coverage however it's nothing too much at all. It never looks caky, it just removes the shine in the most natural way.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray | £22

This is an oldie but a goodie and it makes an appearance every Summer (side note: you can also get a mini version of this for travelling). It just sets my makeup in place and ensures it stays matte that bit longer!


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Ginger Pop | £17 | post

I think this blusher formula is just so underrated. It's pigmented but not too pigmented (you aren't going to look like a clown after one swipe!) it has a little bit of a sheen to it but isn't anything too shimmery. It applies and blends out with minimal effort plus it doesn't fade or go patchy on me, even in the heat. The shade itself is this gorgeous, vibrant peachy-coral tone.

Tarte 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Captivating | $28 | post

This is a matte finish but it it isn't patchy or difficult to work with at all. It gives a gorgeous, natural flush of colour to the cheeks that honestly does last me 12 hours! It's a beautiful warm peach tone that I can trust to withstand the heat.


Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion | £16

I honestly underrate this even in my own makeup routine! I forgot to use it the other day and saw such a difference in the vibrancy and wear-time of my eyeshadows. It's a sheer formula and you only need a tiny amount on your eyelids to ensure a long-lasting, crease-proof eyeshadow look for as long as you want, no matter how hot it is.

The MAC eyeshadow formula isn't the creamiest and most buttery in the world, however it's amazingly pigmented and will honestly last you all day long. All That Glitters is a gorgeous nude-bronze that can be worn all over the lid without creasing.

Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze | £4.99 | post

Last year, this was the only product I could truly trust to stay in place without creasing when I was on holiday. It's a really pigmented cream eyeshadow, however the formula is quite solid and although it blends out easily on the eyelids, once it sets it won't budge. I've worn this in intense heat, I've worn it literally for 24 hours and I can confirm it stays in place! The shade On & On Bronze is just that perfect multifaceted bronze-brown shimmer for everyday wear.

Clarins Waterproof Ombre Iridescente Cream Eyeshadows in 01 Golden Peach & 04 Copper Brown* | £18 each

These are absolutely stunning cream eyeshadows and unbelievably I've never come across a formula in a tube before, though it makes perfect sense as it's far more hygienic than a pot! They have this beautiful dewy finish and are so pigmented. Golden Peach is gorgeous for the daytime whereas Copper Brown is amazing for the evening. They have such a multidimensional look that they're perfect to throw on for a Summer night if you want to look like you made more effort than you did. I will be taking one of these beauties to Spain so I'll do an update of how they wear under intense heat but the signs so far are good! I tried them without primer and they still didn't crease or budge.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black | £14.50 | post

This is my everyday eyeliner pen but it's still worth a mention here because it stays sharp and defined literally all day long. It's a very pigmented black shade and despite the inky formula, it sets down and doesn't budge at all. It doesn't transfer, smudge or wear off, making it perfect for hot Summer nights.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Stag, Smog and Underground | £15.50 each | post

Another favourite that just really deserved a mention! I love how creamy and pigmented they are on application but how they dry and don't move around or transfer at all (and I have very watery, sensitive eyes!) Stag is a matte charcoal shade for tight lining and I like to use the other two on the bottom water line; the golden-bronze Smog with a warmer look and the taupe-bronze Underground with cool-toned eyeshadows.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara | £7.99

It's no secret that Lash Sensational is my ultimate all-in-one lengthening, curling and volumising mascara. Although the Waterproof formula is a little clumpier and stiffer, it does still give me that same look whilst being 100% transfer-proof even in the heat or by the pool. It also really holds the curl amazingly well.

What are your favourite makeup products that hold up even in the heat?

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  1. The Maybelline colour tattoo is one of my favourite cream eyeshadow! It works so well! I've been looking for a new concealer and the Urban Decay Naked skin seems really promising!


    1. They're my favourite too - I've never tried a MAC Paint Pot because I just love the Maybelline version so much! xx

  2. Seriously adding everything to my list of hot weather must try items! It's getting so hot here and I'll be going to Miami in July, so I'll need all the help I can get! Thank you!

  3. I love the powder, it's my go to and the cream eye shadows are dreamy! Sophie x


  4. You have so many great make-up products and tips. Would love to see a MU collection post! x

  5. This is perf for me as I'm spending a month in Miami in August, thanks! Those cream eyeshadows are absolutely gorg.
    Quick Q- have you tried Benefits Porefection Primer? Do you still prefer the Soap & Glory Primer? If so I will def give it a try as it seems much better value :) xx

    Liv | www.livlively.co.uk

    1. Personally I think the Benefit is good for masking pores but less so as an overall primer, whereas the Soap and Glory isn't as smoothing on them but makes makeup apply and last better xx

  6. Ooooh those Clarins cream shadows look lovely! Beautiful colours. Have you used NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eye Primer? It's my HG, if you like the urban decay one, you'll love the NARS primer!

    Beekeyper - Latest - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector

    1. I haven't actually, though I've heard good things. Maybe I'll give it a go next time! xx

  7. Unfortunately, Mac All that Glitter doesn't last very long on me, yet, I love to wear it over the summer months because the shade is very summery and even when it fades away, it is still flattering! I love the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof mascara as well!


  8. The Clarins eye shadows look amazing I actually need to try these!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  9. How long does the banana powder last without your skin turning really oily? Most of the powders seems to disappear after a few hours under the sun. I love my lash sensational, however I haven't tried the waterproof version yet I guess it is time to lean towards waterproof. x

    Ela BellaWorld

    1. It's not like a full-on matte formula, it's more to hold in place, so I set under my eyes with that then use the Bourjois on my t-zone xx

  10. I've got to try your banana powder trick! I have issues with things staying on in the heat when it's summer here in Australia. The Clarins shadows look awesome too - it didn't even occur to me that you could get waterproof shadows!

    Elese | elesedowden.com

  11. I really want to try out this primer! As always love your description of all the products they are very helpfull!

  12. I dint know Cliniqui can take heat..ha ha. Recently I tried Loreal primer and a Diana of London kajal that really holds well in the heat. Loved the post.

    Recently Posted: Aplava.com : What made me buy from them !! Review +Haul

  13. I love CoverFX's stuff but haven't tried the BB Cream, I have it on my list. :)

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

  14. UD primer potion and Ben Nye banana powder are also my favourites !!. The golden peach shade looks so pretty, may have to check it out for myself. That soap and glory primer sounds amazing !! This was a great post !!

    Katie | https://ktmcgworld.blogspot.ca

  15. Urban Decay De-Slick is a must-have for me in the summer! Great post :)

    xo, Liz

  16. I love posts like these its always good to see other peoples tips and tricks


  17. Golden Peach is drop dead gorgeous! I need it!! I could not agree more with the Tarte Blush choice!

    1. I love Tarte blushes, one of the few formulas that works on my skin :) xx

  18. Lovely post! I love the urban decay naked concealer and the de slick setting spray!x

    Amyx Makeupwithmissa.blogspot.co.uk

  19. I love the waterproof version of the lash sensational mascara, I prefer clumpy formula's lol


  20. I must pick up that primer for the summer time! I am getting such an oily T-zone, which is hard to cope with when I love makeup so much haha...melting makeup is a big no no! Thanks for these great recommendations ^_^

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

  21. Lash sensation and the UD concealer are my go to's for heat proof formulas! Those clarins cream eye shadows look so pretty - i must check them out. I'm intrigued by the vichy 3d foundation, I quite liked the original one xx

    LPage Beauty

    1. It's well worth checking out, though I must warn you that the shades don't quite correspond with the original range! xx

  22. The Clarins eyeshadows looks like such lovely shades! Estée Lauder DoubleWear has been my go to with the weather we are having at the minute, it's been lasting so well!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  23. I really like the de slick spray - even as just for a bit of freshness in the morning!
    Philippa x

  24. I didn't know the Naked Skin concealer was actually great for oily skin, that's good! I might really get it, after all the good things I've heard about it :D

    Julia x

    1. It's just that perfect non-greasy but non-drying formula! xx

  25. I live in Arizona and on Saturay at 9pm it was 113 degrees. I'm so used to it but I wear way less makeup in the summer. I need either light stuff or stuff that will really last this brutal weather. I love that Maybelline mascara!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

  26. Oh my god those Clarins eyeshadows are STUNNING! I definitely need to get myself some of those as a little treat.
    I have the biggest problem finding anything that can stay on my skin in this sort of heat, not without using powder every hour.

    Vickie | dearvictoria.co.uk

    1. They're stunning - I'm already eyeing up another shade from the range...xx

  27. I need that UD spray, especially as it's oil controlling as well! Mini travel size you say? I'm all for it!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

  28. I have a big problem with melting makeup at this time of year so I really appreciated the recommendations! I'll definitely have to dig out my Maybelline Color Tattoo's in the warmer months x


  29. The Golden Peach Clarins eyeshadow looks absolutely stunning! I can imagine it looking gorgeous with All That Glitters over the top.

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  30. The Soap & Glory primer sounds really good and I've always wanted to try the Naked Urban Decay concealer!

    Leah And Rachel Goth | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  31. I tend to find that, because of extra sweating caused by my PoTS, I really struggle with makeup in the summer. I love the Urban Decay setting sprays for keeping me cool, refreshed & my makeup set in place longer. I'll definitely be trying the Soap & Glory Primer One Heck Of A Blot primer this year to see if that helps any. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

    1. I would definitely recommend giving it a go! xx

  32. Great list of items, I've not used Urban Decay's concealer. But, I do love Clarins products too. Thanks for sharing, that Soap & Glory primer sounds interesting. :)/Madison
    I'm Back with Delicious Details!

  33. I love maybelline lash sensational luscious waterproof mascara, it's amazing. And burberry lip and cheek color in poppy has been my spring/summer staple.

    Sam || Beautydetour

  34. I love those swatches, what beautiful shades! It is so strange to think of you going into summer just when the weather is cooling down for me!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  35. So with you on the Clinique blushers, one of my fave formulas ever! Lash Sensational is my fave (just bought another), so I must try the Waterproof version for hols.

    Nic xx StrawberryBlondeBeauty

    1. They're so beautiful! I just picked up another one in New York as the US has a few shades we don't get here xx

  36. Primers are everything for me! I love the UD setting spray you mentioned too. I use that in the summer and it works so well!


  37. Thank you for your comments :) I hope this was helpful! xx

  38. OMG I love the name of this post! I did something similar on my blog, it should post in a few days! I also have an Urban Decay Primer Potion in mine. I love it!


  39. OK, now I need to but everything on this list!! It sounds like we've got similar skin types so thanks for the tips! x

    Rhi | www.rinkydinkyrhi.com

  40. Definitely need to pick that UD setting spray up! I have been trying tons of new ones recently and I have heard so many amazing reviews on the UD one:)

    Emily xo

  41. The Tarte Blushes seriously can take the heat - I love them!
    Ambar | Her Little Loves


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