Makeup that’ll survive summer

The best makeup for heat, humidity & even the gym!

Growing up in Queensland Australia meant summer wasn’t just hot and insanely humid – it lasted for half the year. Ish. Being a freckly English rose prone to sweating like a boy (according to my childhood “friends” from dance class), summer was my least favourite time of year. It did, however, force me to learn how to apply makeup that stayed on, no matter what, since I was terrified my naked skin would blind anyone not wearing sunglasses.

Long story short, my makeup lasts and I’m happy to share my secrets with you in the hopes that your summers are less painful than mine were. Below you’ll find a list of heat & humidity friendly makeup products that I can’t survive without.

Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation

I love this foundation as the finish is completely matte which looks really natural and it can be worn with or without setting powder, depending on how oily your skin is and how much you sweat. If you’re in a rush and need the most low-maintenance option, you can whack this on with your hands and even skip the concealer. Oh, and their shade range is incredible too so you’ll find a match, guaranteed.


AUD $54

NARS Soft matte complete concealer

Another product that provides beautiful natural coverage thanks to its matte finish. This works really well under the eyes and on red spots or patches, plus once it’s set with a tiny bit of translucent powder, it won’t budge.

AUD $44

LEESA BARR Lumiere Cream Blush

If you want to add some waterproof colour to your cheeks, this gorgeous blush is a no-brainer. With sheer, buildable coverage, you can apply this blush with your fingers right after you put on some foundation or BB cream or even straight onto your skin if you want to skip the base products. “Mardi-Gras” is my personal favourite for a summery glow and it works as a lip tint too!

Cruelty-free + Vegan

AUD $39.99*

*Use code “KAT” at checkout to receive 10% off

DB Cosmetics Absolute Lash Mascara

If you want a volumising mascara that’ll survive the humidity and even a workout but hate the drama of scrubbing off those traditional waterproof mascaras, this one’s for you. My year-round go-to mascara, this clump-free tubing formula is water resistant and has survived my sweaty work-outs, but washes off with warm water. It’s also crazy cheap and yet performs better than most premium mascaras I’ve tried.

Cruelty-free + Vegan

AUD $14.99

LEESA BARR Cinnamon + Vanilla Lip Gloss

Waterproof lipstick is the last thing I want to wear during summer as it’s heavy and drying on the lips, so instead I carry around a moisturising and plumping lip gloss that I can touch up as needed. Super sheer, super tasty, and in a range of gorgeous colours, these lip glosses are – in my humble opinion – the best on the market.

Cruelty-free + Vegan


*Use code “KAT” at checkout to receive 10% off

URBAN DECAY All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

I admit I haven’t always been a setting spray user, but after reading & watching countless reviews on this stuff, I gave it a go and I’m sold. Supposedly the best on the market, I use this setting spray as the final step in my makeup routine to help it stay on all day, but have found it also helps it look more dewy, smooth and natural.

Cruelty-free + Vegan

AUD $49

 And those are my picks! Got some favourite heat-proof products of your own? I’d love to hear about them so leave me a comment below with the details. Be sure to share this article with anyone constantly complaining about their makeup sliding off their face. They’ll be forever indebted to you 😉

— Kat x


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