Ask Dr. Jessica Wu
Summer Makeup Savers
Q: My skin is so oily in the summer that makeup slides off my face. What can I do to get it to stay put without clogging up my pores?
— Theresa, Georgia
Oily skin can really be a challenge in the summer, since makeup can melt, smudge, and settle into pores. The first step to fighting makeup melt is to use a makeup primer like Boots No7 Mattifying Makeup Base
, which will soak up excess oil and help your makeup go on more smoothly.
Next, choose makeup with a matte finish, which helps control oil and looks less shiny. If you’re using a creamy or oil-based foundation, try switching to an oil-free formula, which is more likely to stay put longer. Because water-based foundations tend to dry quickly, just remember to use a light hand, blend quickly, and only add more where you need it, so it doesn’t streak or look heavy.
Try MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
, an oil-free liquid makeup that comes in 23 shades and that provides medium to full coverage without drying out your skin
or leaving it cakey. I also like Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
, which has a lightweight, fluffy consistency like whipped cream. It takes a bit of practice to get the coverage right, so start by dabbing it onto your skin and blending quickly. A big plus for a drugstore brand: It comes in 16 shades.
Creamy blushes can add to the oil-slick problem, so switch to a matte powder formula like Revlon Matte Blush
. Greasy eyelids can make eye color crease and smudge by noon, so choose a matte, long lasting formula like Lorac Baked Matte Satin Eyeshadow
or L’Oreal HiP Matte Shadow Duo
Having oily skin myself, I always carry a pack of Clean and Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets
in my bag for quick touchups during the day. One or two sheets is usually enough to sop up the oil, and unlike powder, they don’t leave a cakey residue.