Whether it’s a model writhing around in the sand of St. Barts, or an actor performing under searing stage lights, makeup artists have the impossible task of keeping complexions melt-proof under the steamiest of conditions. Here, we tapped two top beauty pros—Vincent Oquendo (a favorite among It girls like Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkowski, and Paris Jackson) and Andrew Sotomayor (an Emmy-nominated artist who’s worked with everyone from Sasheer Zamata to Jennifer Lawrence) —for their best sweat-proof secrets so you can give good face all summer long.
Shave your face—and not because you have a lady stache.
“I’ve been using this little tool called the Dermaflash and it’s beyond,” says Oquendo, who kept the exfoliating device in his kit at Cannes. “It gets rid of any peach fuzz and dry skin so the makeup lays flush to your face and lasts longer.” He likens the process to sanding a wall before your prime. Asked whether facial hair grows back thicker after using it, the pro quickly dispelled the rumor: “No, men would have used it to shave their heads long ago and grown back manes! It’s like going to the dermatologist for dermaplaning, but you can do it at home.” After scraping off the top layer of skin not unlike a scalpel, Oquendo applies Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50, a light layer of foundation (he likes EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation), and mattifies just the T-zone with Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. “I don’t mind if the skin is glowing everywhere else,” he says.
Bulletproof your berry lip before diving into a margarita.
“Her set was an hour long, taped in front of a live audience, with no break,” says Sotomayor of working on Sasheer’s Zamata’s standup comedy special, Pizza Mind, in stifling New Orleans. “There was no way for me to touch up her makeup in the middle, so everything needed to look perfect when she first stepped out, and it needed to last.” Sotomayor used a burgundy shade from the Skin Illustrator FX Palette (an alcohol-activated formula that is typically used for special effects makeup). “For an evening in HD, it’s perfect” notes the pro, but for every day, he recommends a less drying formula like MAC Pro Longwear Lip Creme. “Dab your lips with blot paper to remove some of the oil and help it last longer,” he adds.
Double up on setting sprays when the shvitz gets real.
“I once had to do makeup for a singer for a music video shoot on the waterfront in New York City,” explains Sotomayor. “It was the middle of summer, in the middle of the afternoon, and she was dancing and lip-syncing to the track. She also had long hair. She was sweating, her hair was sticking to her face, and they wanted her to look glamorous and perfect.” His solution whether you’re rocking it out in front of the camera or not: Avoid any and all glosses—too sticky. Try a matte lip crayon, like his go-to from Bite Beauty, instead. Then, mist a setting spray (he likes Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray) all over and finish with a layer of Green Marble’s SeLr Spray (a heavy-duty formula designed for theatrical makeup) for extra insurance.
Save eye cream for after dark.
Rich and emollient skincare products, like eye cream, are best reserved for bedtime, as it can make mascara and eye makeup run faster than Trump from the truth. Sotomayor also suggests using blotting papers (like Chanel’s deeply chic Papier Matifiant) to remove any excess oil from lids and undereyes to prevent products from creasing or transferring every time you blink. Oquendo loves layering Giorgio Armani’s liquid Eye Tints on lids because they stay put without feeling heavy. “I’ve used them on beach shoots with Emily Ratajkowski and Hailey Baldwin,” he says. Finish off with a waterproof mascara. “I'm a big fan of the CoverGirl Total Tease Mascara, which has a double-sided brush and a teasing comb to accentuate your lashes dramatically even if you aren't going to apply a lot of other makeup,” adds Sotomayor.
A fresh flush gives sun-kissed skin even more life, but keeping color intact when the heat is on can be an issue. “Foundation is going to grab any product and make it slide around,” explains Oquendo, who always dusts the apples of the cheeks with a bit of translucent powder before applying blush. “It gives you control, otherwise color can look splotchy.” For even more depth, try two different formulas. He likes to layer Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Sticks or Glossier’s Cloud Paint with EX1 Cosmetics Blusher.
Don’t let your brows do a disappearing act.
“Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows is a tinted gel that gives you color, holds the hair up, and is pretty long-wear” says Oquendo. For women who are less endowed in the arch department, reach for Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. “It sets and stays there, as opposed to a pencil that melts and migrates,” he says.
Fake your way to flawless from head to toe.
“Vita Liberata is fabulous for body makeup because it doesn’t transfer,” says Oquendo, who often uses the temporary tint on his red carpet clients. For a sheerer, “less makeup-y leg,” try Prtty Peaushun, which leaves skin ultra-glossy. Or, for more hydration and a subtle sheen, slather on Mario Badescu’s Summer Shine Body Lotion.