*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. Keep scrolling!
The Best Overall Sweatproof Foundation
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
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.
Customer review: "Researched and tried several foundations at both lower and higher price points for mature, combination skin. Armani is by far the best. Well worth the cost because coverage takes small amount. Color match worked out using online choices."
The Makeup-Artist Fave
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation
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.
Customer review: "This foundation is the best I've ever used, and I've tried so many foundations. Stays in place all day and has great coverage. A little goes a long way."
The Best Mineral Foundation
Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation
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.
Customer review: "Because of different products I use for acne, I tend to have dry skin. This foundation is great because it is moisturizing and blends really well. It has about medium coverage but looks really really natural. I will definitely be buying more."
The Best Nontoxic Foundation
Kosas Tinted Face Oil
This foundation from Kosas 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.
Customer review: "I love this product! I use it in place of foundation and it gives me a lovely light coverage. I feel put together without feeling like I have heavy makeup on my face."
The Best Stick Foundation
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick
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.
Customer review: "This foundation has become my go-to for that natural makeup look that lasts all day. It goes on very smoothly, blends extremely well, and sets without leaving a cakey or oily look. My favorite part is that it won't break me out or irritate my sensitive skin!"
My Personal Fave
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation
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.
Customer review: "Wears beautifully! Definitely longwearing. Dries down quickly, so working fast is a must. Love the application with a brush, the finish with that is gorgeous. I love it so much, I ordered a second bottle right away."
The Best BB Cream
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer
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.
Customer review: "Umm.. where has this product been my whole life?! As an oily girl this product is amazing, I have tried so many foundation and skin tint products and I'm always disappointed when they separate on my skin through the day. This looks like my skin and feels amazing without separating."
The Best Drugstore Foundation
Nyx Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation
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.
Customer review: "I've had a really hard time finding a foundation that both matches my skin tone (neutral fair), provided buildable coverage and doesn't exacerbate my acne-prone combo skin. This is like the holy grail foundation for me. Highly recommend!"
The Best Airbrush Spray
Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation
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.
Customer review: "This is the best foundation ever, perfect coverage and does not crack or look caked on. Perfect for all ages easy to use just spray and blend."
The Best Luxury Foundation
Koh Gen Do Mainfanshi Moisture
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.
Customer review: "As a fair-skinned gal, I found the Pearl White shade of this product to be an excellent primer when dealing with a too-dark or oxidizing shade of foundation... I don't currently require the use of this item on a daily basis, but it's nice to know that I have this lightening and brightening remedy in my makeup bag when the need arises."
The Best Cushion Foundation
La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation
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.
Customer review: "I absolutely love this cushion foundation! The foundation applies like a second skin and has a beautiful finish. The smell is fresh and light but noticeable. I found a perfect color match! I love how it feels on my skin. I like how sleek the packaging is. Bonus points for a refill that comes with the product!"
The Best Powder Foundation
BareMinerals Performance Wear Powder Foundation
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.
Customer review: "I use this powder foundation on top of my tinted moisturizer to provide more coverage and when I don't want to wear heavy makeup. I am surprised to see that it does stay on for more than eight hours."
The Best Foundation With SPF
It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil Free Matte
First things first: 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 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!
Customer review: "This CC+ cream is fantastic! I love how it's full coverage, but still really lightweight. I wore it recently to an outdoor wedding and it held up wonderfully. This is my new go-to face makeup!"
And a few more sweatproof wonders:
Customer review: "This will likely be the only foundation I use for the rest of my life. There just is no comparison to the quality and durability. It lasts all day and leaves a flawless finish."
Complete your stay-put look with this Terminator-strength waterproof eyeliner.
Customer review: "My absolute favorite liquid eyeliner! The thin tip makes it easier to get crisp lines and the color is really deep and stunning. Even if you accidentally rub your eye, the eyeliner doesn't smudge. At the same time, it is not incredibly difficult to remove either."
A moisturizing highlighter in balm form that stays put.
Customer review: "My new go-to for those no-makeup makeup days. I have dry skin so this really gives me that dewy wet look I strive for when I am on a casual bare-face type day. I was not expecting this to be so long-lasting!"
This mascara would stay on during a heat wave and not smear or flake at all.
Customer review: "I absolutely love the brush on this mascara wand. It gives me that perfect fanned-out look while lifting my lashes. Thin formula which is great as I am someone who like to do a couple coats."
When in doubt, liquid blush is always the best option when dealing with heat.
Customer review: "I bought this blush over a year ago and wow it is still my go-to blush. Super natural and really beginner friendly. I enjoy the light way feeling and is super easy to blend also while being very pigmented."