13 Sweatproof Foundations If Your Face Wants to Melt Into a Puddle Right Now

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13 Sweatproof Foundations If Your Face Wants to Melt Into a Puddle Right Now

*Successfully* wearing makeup in the hot, sweat-inducing months of summer isn't an easy feat. If you pick the wrong product formulas, it can end in disaster, and even the formulas touting 10-, 12-, or 24-hour wear still beg for a careful tread. (Sorry, but many formulas are overly ambitious with their claims.)

As someone who currently lives in L.A. and who grew up in Minnesota (where winters are cold and bone-dry while summers are hot and disgustingly humid), I feel pretty well-versed when it comes to finding the best sweat- and weather-proof makeup formulas. I also love to be outside, love to work out, and have an unfortunate habit of sweating buckets when I'm nervous. I should also mention that as a beauty editor, I'm sent about a bazillion products per week stating they'll stay on my face through all of the above. (Lies, so many lies!)

To clear the air and because summer will soon arrive with hot-and-heavy momentum, I'm sharing 13 sweatproof foundation formulas that have yet to let me down in terms of their finish and staying power. And because I know everyone has different budgets and formula preferences when it comes to foundation, I've handpicked the best formula in a multitude of categories to keep your summer foundation shopping as efficient and sweat-free as possible. (See what I did there?) Keep scrolling! 

This foundation is an icon. I already had it in my kit, and I'm not sure why (literally every makeup artist uses it), but I never reached for it. However, after battling some insane breakouts, my go-to facialist at Vanessa Hernandez Skincare said this is one of the best foundations you can wear. Not only does it make your face look flawless, but it's also long-wearing and won't clog your pores like some heavier-duty foundation formulas.

This OG foundation from Estée Lauder isn't new or flashy, but there's a reason it consistently wins awards and remains in makeup artists' kits: It can't be beaten. I personally swear by its 24-hour-long wear (um, it got me through many a night out while studying abroad during college), and celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney has said she especially loves it for her oil-prone clientele. 

This luminous, medium-coverage foundation isn't necessarily touted as long-wearing (most mineral formulas aren't), but I've had surprising luck with it staying on my face through sweaty high-speed walks in L.A., workouts, and deadline-induced stress sweat. I love this foundation because it doesn't look or feel like you're wearing anything on your face, and the colors are so, so good. I'm obsessed. 

This foundation from Kosås is one-of-a-kind. Since it applies smoothly and absorbs into your skin almost instantaneously, there's really no way for your application to get messed up down the line—even if you're pushing through a hike or challenging workout. It boasts three different types of mineral pigments, delivered to the skin via six active botanical oils which help even your skin tone, improve luminosity, lessen the look of pores, and everything else you want from a foundation. As far as natural foundations go, this is the best formula I've found to ensure my skin looks like my skin (not a beige-hued puddle) at the end of a long summer day or night. 

One of the great things about stick foundation formulas is their malleable, concealer-like coverage. They offer a more customized approach—allowing you to target and buff out the areas where you want or need more camouflage. Oh, and they're also lifesavers if you're constantly on the go. Alas, sometimes they're too malleable and can have the tendency to keep moving across your face throughout the day. Not good. This long-lasting formula from Lancôme, however, is the exception. It has an impressive 4.5-star rating on Sephora's website and is commended for bulletproof wear in addition to its high-coverage and lightweight texture. It's also infused with SPF and oil-free for those who are more blemish-prone. 

No matter how many foundation formulas I try (and that's a lot, 21 Savage–style), I just can't quit this long-wearing, sweatproof foundation from Laura Mercier. There aren't too many foundation formulas out there that look exactly the same when I apply them at 7 a.m. and later at 9:30 p.m. when I get home from work and a workout, but this one does just that. The finish is matte, but not too matte, and I also appreciate that it's transfer-resistant and oil-free. It gives you porcelain-finish skin. 

Both BB and CC creams are worn and loved for their lighter, multitasking perks. That said, long, sweatproof wear historically isn't a key talking point of the category. But this 12-hour pick from Tarte is here to change your mind. Sephora shoppers love it (it currently has a 4.5 rating and 3000 reviews), and it's touted for its medium coverage that makes your skin glow, its five-in-one formula, and the fact that it's vegan. 

This sweatproof foundation from Nyx is one of the best for anyone who's in need of a hardworking foundation formula but doesn't want to pay a fortune. This foundation does exactly what its name suggests, boasting 24-hour wear, tons of shade options (45!), and creamy, matte coverage designed to effortlessly navigate sweat, heat, humidity, and water. 

Spray foundations were all the rage a few years back, but they've since fallen a bit out of vogue. That said, they still have their benefits, and the handful of formulas that have weathered the storm are great for delivering a long-lasting, airbrushed finish. This classic formula from Sephora Collection is the best one I've personally tried, and I love how easy it is to layer and customize depending on your ultimate goal. It also scores extra credit for being oil-free and staving off shine for a full 10 hours. 

This cult-loved (albeit very spendy) foundation from Koh Gen Do is a celebrity staple and an industry trade secret for resilient and flawless wear. (It's been used on Hollywood film sets since its inception.) Not only does it enhance the look of your natural skin with zero crease or cake factor, but it also keeps skin supple and stocked with hydration. 

If a celebrity makeup artist uses a specific foundation on her A-list clientele, you know by default it has to have sweatproof stamina. (Events, red carpets, and award shows are no joke.) So when Mary Phillips recommended this cushion compact for creating the most believable and durable glows, our ears perked. This formula from La Mer has more shade options than most cushion formulas on the market, and it also has added skin-blessing ingredients like sea kelp and the brand's signature Miracle Broth. 

BareMinerals has been the queen bee of powder foundations for as long as we can remember, and it keeps upping the ante as far as its formulations are concerned. The latest? A 12-hour, sweatproof pressed powder foundation that comes in over 30 shades. The finish is matte thanks to the oil-sopping star ingredient, silica, and its ingredient roster is also spiked with a host of beneficial vitamins and minerals for optimal smoothness and glow—despite even the sweatiest of summer horizons. 

First things first: Please, let us repeat, PLEASE don't use an SPF-spiked foundation (or moisturizer for that matter) as your one and only means of sun protection. Studies have shown that while helpful (they definitely don't hurt), they absolutely can't replace the efficacy of a true sunscreen. Capisce? That said, if you're looking for all the extra protection you can get this summer, this iteration from It Cosmetics is undoubtedly the best. Inspired by the brand's original best seller (which also has SPF), this formula is better suited for the summer months when things get extra sticky and heated. It's oil-free, matte, infused with SPF 40, and plays nice for up to 12 hours. (Although, we've had luck even past that!)

The best long-wear SPF-spiked primer.

A long-lasting waterproof setting spray so your foundation stays put.

Complete your stay-put look with this terminator-strength waterproof eye liner. Next up, These Drugstore-Priced Primers Are Basically the Blur Tool In a Tube. This piece was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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17 Sheer Sunscreens That Are Actually Sheer on Black Girls Too

No white cast here.

17 Sheer Sunscreens That Are Actually Sheer on Black Girls Too

I love the sun. I was born in July (shout-out to all my fellow Cancers), so perhaps I'm predestined to love warm weather and the feeling of the sun grazing my brown skin. The origins of my sun-worshipping ways really have no bearing here because the indisputable fact for black and brown people is that the majority of sunscreens for the face and body leave a ghostly white cast that's just plain unsightly. And because of this, it's tempting for us to just skip this vital skincare step altogether, which skin experts agree is a terrible idea.

The myth that black people don't need sunscreen has long been busted, and it's high time for everyone, independent of their skin tone, to incorporate SPF into their everyday routine. Aside from the scarier consequences of skipping sun protection (ahem, skin cancer), there are other common challenges like uneven texture and hyperpigmentation that are exacerbated by the sun, too. So, yeah, sis. Get some sunscreen. Ahead, 17 options that provide sheer, non-ashy coverage for women with dark skin.

There's nothing I love more than a compact tube of solid sunscreen. They're the perfect travel companion, as they're TSA-approved and just generally easy to toss in your bad and go. This one by Supergoop! is one of the best, because it's truly sheer (it literally applies clear) and lives us to its name by inducing a dewy glow all over the skin.

This truly sheer sunscreen applies like a lip balm all over the face. It contains the brand's signature blend of antioxidant oils and cupuaçu butter to keep the skin soft and protected. If you're not a fan of coconut oil, then skip this one. Otherwise, have at it.

Patience is a virtue, and you'll need a little but of that when applying this zinc oxide formula by Beautycounter. I do notice an initial ashiness upon application, but it dissipates with time. One trick that helps the process along is to warm up the product in your hands a bit before gently pressing into the skin. The clean ingredient list is well worth the extra minute or two it takes to achieve an invisible finish.

This stick of all-natural goodness contains rosehip  oil, primrose oi, and vitamin E to coat the skin in a gentle layer of protection against the sun. While the balm is tinted, it does dry down to sheer within seconds.

Glossier calls this clear water-gel formula "sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen," and for good reason. It's lightweight and undetectable but highly effective due to active microcapsules that deliver potent active ingredients to the skin.

This velvety smooth dry-gel sunscreen really does what it says in the name. It blurs like your favorite makeup primer, nourishes like skincare, and protects against the sun without any visible signs that it's even there. When applying it on top of other skincare products, make sure they're completely dry and set to avoid pilling. 

This has been a go-to in my arsenal ever since it launched a couple of years ago. The clear gel applies without a trace, feels lightweight on the skin, and layers well with other skincare products in addition to makeup. Pro tip: Don't get it too close to your eyes. As with most products, it doesn't feel so great on the eyeballs.

A conversation about sunscreen for darker skin tones would be utterly incomplete without mentioning this brand. Created by black women, with black women in mind, the mission is to spread sun awareness and the freedom to get out there and be active to the communities it serves. Black Girl Sunscreen does so by supplying a truly sheer product that won't irritate the skin, whether you're applying it as your daily moisturizer, or relying on it to protect your skin on the beach. Major thumbs up.

The words universal tint are usually code for, "It's beige… good luck with that." And although this broad-spectrum SPF 40 sunscreen does apply with an immediate beige tint, it quickly dries down to an undetectable layer of hydrating protection. Bonus points for being free of harsh chemicals that can be damaging to the skin, and to the environment. 

This oil-free moisturizer protects against the sun without clogging pores. If you're got sensitive skin and are looking for a solid budget option, this is the one. No white cast, either.

I was first introduced to this brand after a fellow beauty editor of color posted about it on Instagram. I frantically DM'd her to find out if the Korean formulation was sheer, and when she responded positively, I was so excited to have yet another brand to recommend here. It's an ultra-lightweight, fluid-like formula that blends out easily and without any signs of a ghostly mask.

This reef-safe mineral sunscreen is lightweight in consistency, but that doesn't make it any less effective. Its unique formulation is broad-spectrum SPF 50 and protects the skin against harmfulUV light, blue light, infrared radiation, heat, and environmental pollutants. Most importantly, the peach-toned lotion melts seamlessly into all skin tones without a trace.

This oil-free formulation is lauded by dermatologists and skin experts for its effectiveness on sensitive, acne-prone skin types. I'm happy to report that on top of those traits, it's also wonderful for melanin skin. No white haze here.

One of my aunts has highly sensitive, highly reactive skin that'sprone to burning in the sun. (Her complexion is closer to butterscotch, as compared to my milk chocolate.) Ever since I can remember, this has been her go-to SPF, and the only one she would reach for that would protect without irritation. 

This physical sunscreen offers powerful UV protection from harmful rays, in addition to a cocktail of other complementary ingredients like astaxanthin and sunflower sprout, and marula oil to support healthy, glowing skin. There's a slight ghostly cast immediately upon application, but it disappears within a minute or two.

My fellow Who What Wear editors can corroborate the fact that I keep this handy can on my desk to mist over my face any time I'm stepping foot outside. It's ridiculously easy to use throughout the day and doesn't interfere with any makeup I've got on. While I've never noticed any white residue on my skin, I do sometimes notice white spots on my clothing. So just remember to aim the nozzle at your face to avoid this mishap.

I'd say this one is more of a spritz than a mist, so it feels a little more wet on application. It contains spearmint and peppermint oils that have a cooling sensation on the skin, so be aware of that just in case you're not into tingly feels. When I apply on top of makeup, I like to gently tap (with clean hands) just to make sure the surface of my skin is completely covered. Up next, I always get compliments on my eyebrows—these are the products I swear by. This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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