How to Keep Your Makeup from Melting

Oily skin is a gift and a curse. On one hand, it keeps you looking younger, but on the other hand, breakouts are plentiful. There is a really fine line between glowing and greasy, and when summer rages on my look can easily go either way. Through trial, error and lots of Sephora samples, I’ve learned a few tricks to keep my makeup on my face, not dripping down my outfit through the dog days of summer.

Makeup Kit

First I start with a primer. I love the Makeup Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer, and a dab that’s about half the size of a pea is really all you need. After patting that on, I spot conceal with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear High Cover concealer, then go over my whole face with their Double Wear Long Wear Stay in Place liquid foundation. I then highlight under my eyes with their Stay in Place Flawless wear concealer.

These products promise 12 to 15 hours of wear, and one of the tricks I learned to really maintain a flawless finish all day is baking. I set my foundation and concealer with a healthy helping of the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder.

A lot of tutorials recommend baking wherever you highlight with concealer, but because my face is pretty evenly oily across forehead, cheeks, and chin, I go ahead and bake my whole face.

Using their velour puff, I dab the powder on heavily and let it soak in for a few minutes while I get my eyebrows on fleek and decide what to do with my eyes. You will look a little chalky after first sweeping off the powder, but it does balance out later.

Step-by-step preparation
Step-by-step preparation

I love shimmer eyeshadows, so opted for a peach/ champagne duo. After priming with the Urban Decay eyeshadow potion (primer is your friend) I sweep a matte peach shadow over my whole eye, and a pack the shimmery shade along my eyelid and inner eye.

Next, I add blush or bronzer, then work on the mascara! I find waterproof formulas way too drying to layer on my naked lashes, so I do 2-3 coats of a regular formula, then seal it in with 1 coat of a waterproof version since those are longer wearing. I’m not super loyal to any one formula, but right now I like Maybelline The Falsies, or L’ Oreal Voluminous Butterfly.

The final step is a good mist of Urban Decay’s De-Slick setting spray, which locks in the makeup, controls oil, and deflects shine. At some point along my commute I line my lips and fill them in, then top with a liquid lipstick. Today’s is Kat Von D Lolita. Matte liquid lipsticks have amazing wear, and usually instead of reapplying you can just dab on a bit of balm to refresh it.

I know this process sounds very involved, but I PROMISE, it takes me no more than 15 minutes, maybe 20 if I decide to do a more complicated eye. Thanks to this technique, the face stays beat at least 10 hours without touch ups!

How my make-up looks throughout the day

 8:30 am, I added lipstick while waiting for the train 10:42 at work 3pm still at work, blotted once and redid the lipstick after lunch 6:15pm I haven’t touched my face all afternoon! If I were going out after work I would have blotted again and redone the lips, but I passed since I was just heading to the gym.

Malikah Kelly

Malikah Kelly

Malikah Kelly is fashion and beauty lover born and raised in NYC. When she isn’t working on a marketing campaign, she’s writing about fashion, planning (or taking) a vacation, or exploring some of the city’s hidden gems.

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