5 foundations that are totally budge-proof on a hot day
Sorry sweat, you're done
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / December 09 2020
Nothing goes together like foundation and forty degree days, right? Wrong; there's no worse combination. Honestly, our faces are sweating just thinking about it.
Because while we're pretty down to embrace an actual slip'n' slide on a summer scorcher, we're far less into the idea of our foundation doing the same thing.
Basically, once that base is on, we need it not to budge – especially considering the idea of re-applying when you're focused on the whole 'trying not to burst into flames' thing is an absolutely awful one.
Our major rule? Sweat-proof equals success. But don't worry; we know that the same heavy-duty or light-as-air formula won't work for everyone, so we've found options tailored to every skin type.
Here are the heatwave-friendly foundations that'll stay low maintenance even throughout high temperatures...
Best for sensitive skin: Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation SPF 50
Listen, we're all for embracing a bare face come summer if you struggle with sensitivity (especially when the temp is soaring). Unfortunately, though, the weather doesn't always take into account that certain events on your calendar require coverage before throwing a 30+ degree day your way. Luckily, this complexion-conditioning cushion foundation is packed with quinoa, an ingredient that'll help to soothe skin and bolster its barrier while you wear. As for the formula, it's a refreshing water-based one that'll impart a lush luminous finish but also comes with a 10-hour humidity guarantee that guarantees 'glowy' doesn't soon become 'sweaty'.
Best for oily skin: M.A.C Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick
Liquids don't always play particularly well with shine-prone faces, so a stick will be your best bet if you don't want to deal with an oil slick all season. But hey, using a solid option usually takes some of the struggle out of application, so let's call it a win, shall we? The finish of this fade-resistant stick is matte, but the formula is still moisturising, and while it's a medium-coverage style scenario to start with, you can build and blend to your heart's content (without inviting grease to the party, thank god).
Best for dry skin: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation
Despite the fact that dry skin definitely isn't fun in winter, it (believe it or not) struggles just as much throughout summer, too. Sweat is pretty universal. To keep coverage and hydration locked in, you'll want to opt for a nourishing yet long-wearing base that comes packed with plenty of moisturising ingredients but doesn't slip (ironically) into slippery territory. This melt-proof blend is all that and more; it's got serious staying power but enough grape seed oil to keep skin hydrated and happy amidst the heat.
Best for combination skin: Covergirl Outlast Active Foundation
It may seem counterintuitive to pick up a liquid option for a combo skin type, but fret not; this isn't just any old liquid. It was actually specifically formulated to stay strong throughout intense workouts (which, yes, we consider keeping your face on during the Aussie summer to be). It's just about as humidity, transfer and sweat-proof as foundation formulas get, but it won't cause extra oil or congestion, either, because it's also designed to keep pores from clogging, so it'll keep all areas under control. Quite impressive considering it goes for less than twenty bucks.
Best for normal skin: Guerlain Parure Gold Radiance 24H Wear Foundation
We know what you're thinking: a luxe foundation hardly seems like the obvious choice on a day where you'll sweat it all off in minutes anyway. Well, here's the kicker; with this luminising long-lasting option, you won't do anything of the sort. But now that you mention it, yes it is rather decadent. On top of being both heat-resistant and sweat-proof (crucial factors, of course), it's also mixed with a combination of mother-of-pearl and 24-karat gold, so it's every bit as radiant and lavish as it is reliable.