Humid weather and makeup aren’t the best of friends. All that water vapor in the air can make you sweat off even the most waterproof makeup. Choosing makeup for humid weather means choosing things that will resist sweat, heat, and still look good! Many humid places are hot, as well, making matters worse! The good thing about a humid climate is you don’t have to worry about your skin drying out, so you can leave all your lotions behind. Usually tropical climates are the most humid such as Southeast Asia, Puerto Rico, etc.
I’ve listed ten items that I would pack for humid weather. The first five are my essentials while the last five are things I’d bring if I had extra space or was traveling for a long time. Let’s get started!
For more weather-specific makeup tips, check out my top 10 Must-Haves for Desert Weather.
1. 30 SPF Sunscreen Spray
For makeup for humid weather, sunscreen lotions don’t work so well. They can make your skin into an oil slick in no time or trap in unneeded heat. I prefer to use a sunscreen spray that is at least 30 SPF and protects against UVA and UVB rays. The bonus of a sunscreen spray is that you can apply it once your makeup is finished and continue reapplying throughout the day without smudging your makeup.
2. Waterproof Mascara
The next essential is a waterproof mascara! Humid weather will take off your non-waterproof mascara in just a second. Look for full water-proof mascaras, not just water-resistant. My favorite drugstore mascara is Maybelline’s The Rocket Waterproof. If your mascara does get wet from water or sweat, make sure not to rub your eyes. That will make it last longer throughout the day and not flake off.
3. Powder Blush & Highlight
Makeup for humid weather means choosing products that will absorb moisture, not create it. So, drop the cream products and use powder blushes and highlighters instead. One of my blush favorites is NYX HD Blush. A light, shiny eyeshadow will work just fine for a highlighter if you don’t own a powder one. If you are too sweaty to apply a powder blush directly to your face, trying applying pressed powder first for a smoother application.
4. Waterproof Eyeliner
In a humid climate, waterproof products are king. Bring along your most water-resistant eyeliner that you own. I have yet to find an eyeliner that I truly consider waterproof, but my closest pick is the Kat Von D Trooper Liner. I have also heard good things about the new Too Faced Marker Liners and purchased one to compare during my trip to the Philippines, but I found it nearly impossible to apply using the felt tip. A more affordable choice is Wet N Wild’s Waterproof MegaLast Liner.
5. Tinted Tanning Oil
If I’m traveling somewhere humid, I skip the foundation. Liquid foundations slide right off, and I sweat off mineral or powder ones. I would skip the foundation all together if you have the choice. If I’m looking to add a healthy glow to my skin, I instead use a tanning oil such as the Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum. The color builds up the more days you use it in a row, and it doesn’t remain slick or oily after applying.
Of course, there are so many things to bring with you, but I would suggest narrowing down what makeup you really need that will last all day in humid weather. Makeup for humid weather doesn’t need to be a challenge; it just takes a little extra thought!
Let me know if you have any tips for keeping on makeup in humid weather in the comments section below!