If you’re traveling to a hot and humid destination, the wrong makeup can ruin any photos you plan on taking and make you feel like you want to hop in the shower and start fresh. If you want a polished look without the oiliness, here are our readers’ recommendations for the best travel makeup to add your packing list.
Best Sweat Proof Makeup
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
“I’m headed to Belize next week. What is your best makeup for humid weather?”
High temps and humidity can make applying makeup a nightmare, as it can melt off within just a few minutes. If you’d prefer not to go without, swap your standard travel products for sweat proof makeup that can withstand more extreme temperatures.
Here’s what our readers say are the best sweat proof makeup products out there:
Water Resistant Mascara That Keeps You Going All Summer Long
When you’re having a great time on your trip, the last thing you want is to look like you’ve been crying in almost every picture! Enter Clinique—it’s waterproof mascara is some of the best makeup for hot, humid weather. One reader says, “No more panda eyes that used to happen daily no matter what I did.”
Find out the best makeup for pictures on this post!
A Mascara Rated as Some of the Best Makeup for Humid Climates
A mascara that lives up to its name, L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise is indeed heavenly make up for humid weather. One reader calls it “really good” and says, “I find I have to wipe the brush before applying but once on, it doesn’t budge. It’s not terrible to remove, either.”
Blinc Smudge Proof Mascara Keeps Lashes Dry All Day
For humid destinations, a tubing mascara is the way to go, especially if you want to swap out your waterproof brand. Blinc forms tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes for maximum amplification and hold.
Once applied, the tubes bind to your lashes and don’t run, clump, or flake. One reader says, “It does not smudge. It holds up well during tennis in southern North Carolina, too.”
Take a look at these best waterproof mascara!
The Best Foundation for Hot Humid Weather Comes From the Drugstore
This foundation by L’Oreal holds up extremely well under warm weather scrutiny, according to several TFG readers. One says, “I used it with sunscreen underneath and it worked really well all over Southeast Asia. It stayed on all day.” Another reader agrees, calling it her “go-to” matte foundation.
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The Best Foundation for Humid Weather and Great Coverage
For something a little more high-end that offers amazing coverage, even as you’re secretly wilting under triple digits, look no further than Kat Von D for what one reader calls “a trooper in sweaty weather.” Since this is a Kat Von D product, it’s meant to cover just about everything from tattoos to scars and beyond. It’s vegan and cruelty-free, too!
This Sweat Proof Foundation for Oily Skin Is also a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
If you prefer more coverage than what a lightly tinted sunscreen has to offer, then try a mineral powder foundation, which many of our readers swear by for hot climates. BareMinerals makes theirs with SPF 15, which gives the wearer complete coverage with a lightweight feel.
One reader calls it the best foundation for hot weather and says it “helps control moisture and oil.”
Read this post on the best tinted sunscreen!
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Goes the Distance
When you need a budge-proof eyeliner that lasts all day long, reach for a liquid version. One reader recommends Stay All Day eyeliner saying, “It’s wonderful. I wore it all over Costa Rica last year with no issues.”
This easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when, and they’ll be no smudges, feathering, or running. It goes on smoothly and heck, yes—it’s so strong, it may even outlast you!
Here is our post on the best non smudge eyeliner!
The Best Liquid Eyeliner for Longevity in High Humidity
Keep that perfect cat eye on fleek with this Milani eyeliner. Its long-lasting formula will keep you from smudging or smearing for up to 24 LONG hours!
Whether you’re climbing a mountain, white water rafting, or dancing all night, your liner will stay put. As one reader says, “It doesn’t come off until you take it off!”
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Other Sweat Proof Makeup Products
Sunday Riley Is the Best Toner for Glowing Skin
Several readers recommended applying a mattifying toner prior to application for a clear complexion. Although it’s not necessarily a makeup product itself, Sunday Riley’s toner will help keep whatever you apply on your face smooth and fresh looking all day long.
One reader recommends it, saying, “It gets rid of the ‘shiny’ look when I use it with my moisturizer. I love it.”
It instantly transforms from a cooling gel to a water toner as it clarifies, removes oil, and visibly tightens pores for a clearer, matte look that will just keep going.
These are the best moisturizer with spf!
A Sweat Proof Primer You Won’t Be Able to Live Without
When comes to wearing makeup for hot weather, don’t skimp on the primer. Veil by Hourglass is one of the best sellers on the market and one our readers really love. One says, “I wear it under my mineral powder foundation. It is really expensive but worth every penny. It has SPF 15 and mattifies the skin. It makes my face feel and look so smooth, soft, and glowing.” We especially love the mini travel size it comes in, too!
Find out how to make a travel-size DIY makeup palette on this post!
Sometimes a Tinted Sunscreen is the Best Foundation for Hot Weather
Wearing too heavy a tinted moisturizer, foundation, or BB cream can clog pores and cause breakouts. Instead, reach for a slightly tinted sunscreen like this one by Coola. So many of our readers love their products because they have antioxidant benefits and a matte finish that is ideal for normal to oily skin.
With an SPF of 30, one reader gives it a big thumbs up saying, “It is water resistant and has a matte finish. The tint on this is very light but it’s enough to even out your skin.”
Looking for the best long lasting foundations? check out this post!
How to Use Setting Spray to Stay Fresh in Extreme Heat
Use this setting spray by Urban Decay to lock down your makeup for the long, hot haul. When you’re finished applying your face in full, simply spray and go.
Readers applaud its ability to keep makeup in place. even under the harshest, heat conditions. One says simply, “The makeup stays on,” while another says, “I have sensitive skin and I can still use it.”
Best Sweat Proof Makeup Comparison Chart
BRAND | MODEL
FEATURES | REVIEWS
Clinique Lash Power
“No more panda eyes that used to happen daily no matter what I did.”
L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise
“I find I have to wipe the brush before applying but once on, it doesn’t budge. It’s not terrible to remove, either.”
“It does not smudge. It holds up well during tennis in southern North Carolina, too.”
L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte
“I used it with sunscreen underneath and it worked really well all over Southeast Asia. It stayed on all day.”
Kat Von D Lock-It
“a trooper in sweaty weather.”
BareMinerals Original Foundation
“helps control moisture and oil.”
Stila Stay All Day
“It’s wonderful. I wore it all over Costa Rica last year with no issues.”
Milani Infinite Everlast
“It doesn't come off until you take it off!”
Other Sweat Proof Makeup Products
Sunday Riley Martian
“It gets rid of the ‘shiny’ look when I use it with my moisturizer. I love it.”
“I wear it under my mineral powder foundation. It is really expensive but worth every penny. It has SPF 15 and mattifies the skin. It makes my face feel and look so smooth, soft, and glowing.”
“It is water resistant and has a matte finish. The tint on this is very light but it’s enough to even out your skin.”
Urban Decay All Nighter
“The makeup stays on,” while another says, “I have sensitive skin and I can still use it.”
How to Pack a Makeup Travel Kit
You also can wrap your makeup bag in clothing and add to your packing cube in your suitcase to better protect it. Even if you travel carry-on only, your bag may be put into an overhead bin, under a seat, or hauled up flights of stairs. You don’t want to break your products.
Watch this video to see how to downsize your makeup for travel!
Only pack what you think you really will need and use. Watch the video above for tips on how to downsize your beauty products.
However, if something does happen to your makeup or beauty supplies, if you forget something, or if you need something, you can buy products at your destination.
Get our free printable makeup checklist here!
What are your top picks for the best sweat proof makeup for travel? Comment below!
For more travel beauty tips, please read:
- The Best Tinted Sunscreen
- The Best Face Sunscreens for Travel
- Best Makeup Remover Wipes and Cleansers for Travel
- The 10 Best Long-Lasting Concealers for Travel
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