I also , as I've mentioned a few hundred times , can melt most makeup, mainly eye makeup. I've frustrated more than one makeup artist who rattle off the list of long wear products and throw up their hands when I say, nope, doesn't work. Take Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Cream Shadow, which they use on underwater performers in France. On me it lasts maybe an hour. I do have better luck with other products you'll see those below.
Mattyfying/Oil free SPF- There are more choice than you might think and have high SPF . Shiseido's new Urban Environment Oil Free UV Protector mattes, feels invisible on skin and holds up well. Skinceutical's Physical Fusion also is light on skin but with a tiny bit more slip than Shiseido. It uses physical blockers and is water/sweat resistant. Clarins UV Plus HP has a little moisture but does fine on me even in the T Zone so it's very minimal moisture. If your skin is the oiliest, then this may or may not work. Chanel UV Essentiel - this has oil in it but it mattes, is light and has not broken me out or made me get extra shine. And La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral 50, which is super sheer, mattes and is water resistant.
SPF for touch ups- This is where you need powder sunscreen. You can dust it on over your makeup to make up for what's been sweated/oiled off without messing things up more . Most are light and don't add cakiness. Peter Thomas Roth's Instant Mineral SPF 30 is totally invisible on and Physicians Formula has a new Mineral Wear Airbrushed Pressed Powder SPF 30 that gives light coverage and a flawless finish. It fills in pores and has antioxidants along with that high SPF and comes in translucent ( shown) and 2 shades. Different powders but excellent sun protection depending on your needs.
Matte Foundations- This year has seen a boon in new matte foundations. We needed that. Coupled with a few great long wear ones from a year or two ago and there are many choices that will keep your skin looking shine free but not overdone, caked nor will they settle into lines. These leave skin fresh but fully covered and feel light as air in most cases. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder , Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hr, YSL Teint Resist Long Wear , Dior Diorskin Forever ( especially the powder version) are my top favorites.
Eye Shadow- MAC pigments , MAC Fluidlines, Sephora Flashy Eyeliner Waterproof Make Up For Ever Aqua liquid liner, MAC Paints and Sephora Jumbo Liner 12 Hr Waterproof are the products that do not budge on me, and get past my makeup melt most of the time. Maybelline Color Tattoo and new Smashbox 15hr Limitless Eye Shadow and Urban Decay 24/7 pencils do well too.
Mascara- Cover Girl ( any, they are all truly smudgeproof), MAC's new Extended Play and Opulash, L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes are ones I use year round not just in summer. Mostly waterproof is what you need but these are what I've tested on me that are budge proof.
Anti-aging Night Serums/Gels- If you're oily you want light moisture and you want anti- aging but without heavy creams that will only make you greasier. Two favorites are Erno Laszlo Blue Firmarine Night Gel which tightens skin, feels cool and uses Spirulina Maxima for collagen building and Yes To Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum. Lightweight but packed with antioxidants.
That's my rather exhaustive list. Feel free to weigh in with your tips.
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