The ESSENCE Music Festival kicks off in exactly five days, so get ready for a weekend of amazing music, fabulous food...and relentless humidity! If you're worried about your makeup sliding off your face by noon, don't be. We've compiled a list of sweat- and smudge-proof makeup products that'll keep you looking fresh, fierce--and most importantly, matte--from sunup to sundown. Down leave home without them!
At the ESSENCE Music Festival, expect a weekend of amazing music…and relentless humidity! Keep your makeup from sliding off your face with these sweat-proof essentials. Thanks us later!
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil ($19, drugstore.com) is a sheer setting powder that gives your skin a soft focus effect while absorbing oil and sweat. Use a fluffy brush to dust over makeup.
Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stains ($8, walgreens.com) come in the most glorious, high-impact shades that literally don’t budge until you wash them off. Perfect for cocktailing and/or kissing…
Before applying eyeshadow, blend Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($18, macys.com) allover lids. The silicone-based serum prevents eyeshadow from creasing or smudging.
Mark Matte Chance Mattifying Lotion ($16, amazon.com) manages to hydrate skin while leaving it totally matte and shine-free. Great for T-zone touchups during the day, too!
Cheek to Cheek
Tarte Cheek Stain in Tickled ($30, drugstore.com) gives cheeks a dewy hint of color that won’t smear, smudge or drip all day long. Simply rub over the apples of your cheeks and blend with fingers.
Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow ($19, amazon.com) stays put without settling into fine lines or separating (gross)! The shadows come in twelve shades that look stunning on brown skin.
Batting a Thousand
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara Waterproof ($3.81, target.com) makes your lashes look twelve times longer, without flaking or smudging in the heat.
One spritz of Model In a Bottle Makeup Setting Spray ($16, amazon.com) seals your makeup for at least eight hours — and it dries to a matte, sheer, totally unsticky finish. Love.
To keep your eyeshadow from settling into creases, first apply a layer of Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer ($16, bareminerals.com). This silky, velvety primer keeps the shade in place.
Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation ($28, dermstore.com) is a high-coverage concealer/foundation that covers every imperfection under the sun — plus, it’s waterproof and sweat-proof!
Revlon ColorStay Eye Pencil ($6.79, drugstore.com) is genius — it stays exactly where you put it, from sunup to sundown. “Color stay,” indeed.
NYC Smooch Proof 16 Hour Lip Stain ($5, newyorkcolor.com) doesn’t smear or smudge — humidity, eating, drinking, and kissing be damned! Plus, it comes in 10 irresistibly juicy shades.
When all else fails, make sure you carry Too Faced Re-Fresh Oil Blotting Papers ($12, amazon.com) in your purse! These delicate sheets absorb oil and shine without messing up your makeup.