During the hot and humid days of summer, keeping your makeup from smudging can be a real challenge. Humidity in the air can cause makeup to smudge from the outside, while perspiration and excessive oil production can cause makeup to smudge from beneath. Fortunately, there are several terrific products on the market that can keep makeup in place all day long, even on the hottest and most humid of days.
The most important product to prevent smudging is a makeup setting spray. These products are liquids that are designed to be misted onto the skin immediately after a makeup application. Setting sprays are easy to use: Simply hold the bottle away from the face at arm's length and spray. A quality setting spray will release a fine mist of quick-drying liquid which "seals" the makeup and creates a barrier between the makeup and the moisture in the air. Another added benefit of a setting spray is that it will smooth out any unevenness in the makeup application for a more professional look.
One of the best setting sprays I've used is Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray. This product guarantees smudge-proof makeup for up to 16 hours. Unlike some setting sprays, Urban Decay All Nighter is specially formulated with "temperature control" technology in order to prevent smudging in hot weather and drying out in cold weather. Those with oily skin should try Urban Decay's De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray. Just like the All Nighter spray, Urban Decay's Oil Control Setting Spray promises up to 16 hours of smudge-proof makeup.
Setting spray is not the only secret for keeping makeup from smudging and smearing. It is also a good idea to use blotting papers. Blotting papers are super-thin sheets of absorbent tissue material which is used to blot the face in order to remove excess oil, perspiration and shine. Most better-quality makeup blotting papers are made of rice paper or linen.
Perhaps the best blotting paper I've worked with is Jane Iredale Blotting Paper, which is made from organic flax seed. Unlike rice paper or linen, flax seed paper is more absorbent. Although Jane Iredale Blotting Paper is designed to be used on mineral makeup, these papers work well on any brand or type of makeup. In order to use blotting paper, press it firmly to the skin and hold in place for 3 seconds, being careful not to rub.
By applying a setting spray to the skin after makeup application and blotting the face throughout the day with blotting paper to absorb excess oil, it is possible to have makeup that is smudge-free all day long, even during the humid and hazy dog days of summer.