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How to: Make Your Own Sweat-Proof Foundation

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I think it’s time for another summer beauty tip! (Although, this one can actually be useful year-round, especially if you tend to find that your foundation doesn’t stay on. Which I think is fairly common where I live – it’s hot, hot and hotter all the time.)

Because as you may have experienced, sometimes foundation, humidity and sweat just don’t mix.

The Discovery

The other day while I was getting ready with a friend at my house before going out. I didn’t notice what she was doing too much, but when I saw her mix the greasiest-looking sunblock – think old school Coppertone, a beloved classic but still, very, very greasy – with her expensive Guerlain foundation, I blurted “what are you doing?!“. My friend nonchalantly replied that the water-resistance sunscreen makes the foundation hold better and survive a night of dancing.

What. A. Genius.

Talk about a light bulb (beauty) moment. It does make sense, though: these sweat proof sunscreens are made to last through water sports, laying on the beach, in the water… so the formula is extra strong, if you will. Also, if you can make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing together foundation and moisturizer (yes, you can do this, but the way), why not make your own sweat-proof, long-lasting, non-fade foundation?

What to do

Use foundations as normal
First, squeeze a bit of foundation on the back of your hand.  Do the normal amount you do for your full face.

Add in the sunscreen
Next, add a few drops of some sweat-proof, water-resistant sunblock.

Mix it together
Mix the foundation and sunscreen together, and then apply to your face as normal. I know many may think that applying sunscreen and then foundation on top, separately, will do the trick, but in my experience, you gotta really mix the two formulas together. And don’t worry if the sunscreen makes your foundation a little lighter, it should apply normally to you face after. Just remember to blend.

Finishing it off
If you really want your foundation to last, apply a light dusting of loose powder on top – guaranteed to make your foundation last all day – whether in the heat and humidity, the gym or a night our dancing.

Et voila! Sweaty face be gone! If you try this out, please let me know how it works for you, and if it really made your foundation sweat-proof. And I know what you might be thinking – sure, you can always use a foundation primer to make foundation stay on, but this may actually be more fun, no?

P.S. Should You Be Adding Oil to Your Foundation?

About the Author: Hi, I’m Renee, a makeup artist and person behind this blog! Blog for Beauty is an online resource for makeup & beauty tips, advice and reviews created with beginners & newbies in mind to to help you enhance your natural beauty so you look – and feel – great.

Bethany

I would NEVER have thought to do this!! I’m excited to try it out! Maybe now I won’t need so many different foundations for different occasions and etc. =)
I will let you know when I experiment with this!
xx
Bethany

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eileenjennifer

I’ve put on sunscreen on my face then layered foundation over it to get sun protection but I haven’t thought about actually mixing the two! I will definitely try it out

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Renee

I’ve actually tried this. I had a tinted moisturizer that was way too tan and mixed it with Neutrogena Face SPF and it worked really well in toning down the tint. Not only did it provide sunblock but I also got a dewy look. The key is to really use a little bit of sunblock because it could wash out the color if you use too much or if you use too much you could get a greasy look. I mix both in the palm of my hand and apply.

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Renee

Glad to hear it worked for you, Renee! And YAY to another Renee, I always love meeting Renee’s 🙂

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Paris B

This is a clever tip! Going to try it out and see how it holds 😉

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shusheshe

I’m going to try it. I’ve been mostly using BB creams + powder in this hot, humid weather since anything else doesn’t last on my face. But if this works, I can start using my liquid foundation in the summer again.

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Shannon

Dont waste you time with BB its nothing! But Rimmel has two primers and if you use both first the white with blue letters then white with burgundy writing, followed by Super Stay Liquid micro-flex it does say 24hr. wear and no transfer, but its a lie! sorry.But do it this way and then powder and all your other stuff and it works pretty darn good.But another awsome trick is leg make-up by Sally Hanson Its water resistant already! Love it, i use it everywhere! Enjoy girls!

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Courtney

the particles in sunblock that reflect the sun can also flash back white in photos. Could be an idea for a day on the beach but I wouldn’t be game to try it at a wedding or somewhere you’re guaranteed to be photographed. However if anyone has success with this I’d be willing to try it 😉

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Renee

Ah, that’s true Courtney. It might depend on the sunscreen, though? Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so I agree – on a wedding stay clear of ANYTHING that could bring out oil/greasiness.

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Silva

That is such a smart idea! I must try it right now!

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Victoria Høgskilde

Well, it’s definitely worth a try. Where did you get the sukí-colour foundation from? I’ve tried tp find it, but it seems that they’re only selling it in a single store here in Denmark 🙂

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Kaja

Do you have any experience of e.l.f. cosmetics? 🙂

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Renee

Hey Kaja! Nope I haven’t, is it any good?

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Hannah

Oh my goodness! I love e.l.f! They sell it at Target in the U.S. But you can still buy it online. Its actually pretty good makeup. And most of their products rang from $1- $5 (US currency)!! I just got the waterproof liquid eyeliner and tinted moisterizer with SPF. Both of which I love! I mixed some water/sweat-proof sunblock with the tinted moisterizer the other day to go shopping and it held the entire day! 😀 I was so suprised. This trick really is awesome!!

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Renee

Hannah, I’m so glad it worked for you! Awesome. Will remind my friend she is a genius. And MAKEUP FOR $1?! I’m in! I’m not sure if they have e.l.f. here but I will ask around. I VAGUELY remember seeing it here but am not 100% sure. Thanks for the rec! Are there any products from e.l.f. that is a “must have” I should check out? xx

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Kaja

Wow, that sounds great! I just went shopping on their webside, because the prices are amazing! I´m really excited to get the products.

diana

Renee. They have e.l.f in sg!! My friends’s friend for work for them. Anyways i have try out ur tip. It seems to be working.. Yay!!!

Dan

But though they have elf here it’s cheaper to spree online. Seriously US$1! But I got a few things from there and not raving about it. Some products are good though 🙂 like the eyeshadows

Samantha

Hahah Renee you’re so cute!! lol!! sounds like a good tip! shall try it one day 😀
And I will update you soon!! Just finished my final exams today so I will get to it soon :)!!

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Renee

WOOHOO! Congrats on the end of your exams! Party time 🙂

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Emma

Tried something similar a while ago, but it didn’t work out too well. I think there was an issue with differences in the base of the foundations and sunscreens (I don’t know if that actually makes any sense).
Essentially (I think) the different bases, oil and water based I presume, cause the foundation to just sit on top of the sunscreen and formed little droplets of foundation all over my face. 🙁
I haven’t tried it since, but to anyone who’s going to try this make sure that your foundation and sunscreen have the same base so that they blend properly.

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Renee

Thanks Emma, that makes total sense… my friend’s stuff were both really thick and goopy so I guess it worked. 😛

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Katie

make up forever makes a waterproof foundation 😀

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Renee

Ah crap! Thanks Katie. 🙂 Do you use it?

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farah

This idea sounds pretty good but it kind of scares me! i have such oily skin to begin with, would adding sunblock increase the oiliness?

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Renee

That’s what I thought! Those non-cosmetic sunblocks are so greasy so I was so hesitant that it would work, but from my friend and some of the comments here, it apparently does! I suppose if the sunblock is oil-free, it should be OK?

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farah

ok now im totally going to try it! Do you have any blog post, or recommendations related to a good oil-free facial sunblock? I always have trouble finding a good one!

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Ilyana

Oh my gosh this is actually a terrific idea, I don’t think I’ve tried this before. But reading through the comments in this entry, I suppose you have to do some mixing and matching before you get the right sunscreen and foundation that won’t budge 🙂 I’m a little late but congratulations on your Harper’s Bazaar feature, V! It must have been so exciting for you and your family! I can’t wait to grab a copy when I fly back next week, take care and I’ll see you soon x

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Renee

Thanks V! Yay you’re coming back, have a safe flight xx

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Mira

I have actually had this recommended to me by a friend of mine who worked for Bobbi Brown and I must say that this is one of the best tips she (and you) could ever give. The humidity doesn’t stand a chance for this combo and late-night partying just ended up giving me a dewy look. I would so recommend doing this and I hope you have fantastic results as well. The only thing I would add is that if you have dry skin, moisturize first or else, the sunscreen will have a heavier feel to it and if you have oily skin, use less sunscreen than foundation. Hope this helps!

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Renee

Thanks so much for your added tips, Mira! Yep – moisturize always. It always give your skin a great “base” for whatever you put on it next, be it your foundation or your clever foundation/sunscreen mix! 🙂

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Michaela

Such a great tip for the beach & summer in general! (Also, weddings & parties) What a good idea, I’ll definitely try it out

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Reena

This is such a great idea… I hate the heat and humidity because my makeup always melts off. grrr… I will try this… definitely. 🙂

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erma

hey babe wuts a good sunblock dat is anti sweat or water resistant so far i had tried one very good one SVR50 bought my friend derma but they dont carry anymore :(. I really nned a good sunblock which dont make me sweat under foundation …cheers

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Youhuai

Thanks for the tip Renee! It works wonders for me!(;

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Jenn

I used to mix my foundation & sunblock but never
found a sweatproof sun block. I have a disease
& side effect is sweat. So unladylike like & gross.
If this works I’ll be one happy lady!

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fiona yip

Neutrogena has sweatproof sunblock in both SPF30 and 50.

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