The Best Sweat Resistant Foundation

Get flawless results with a foundation brush applicator.

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Whether you’re headed for a tropical vacation or just planning your cosmetics for the summertime, you need to consider both the change in your skin color and in the climate to achieve the flawless finish you get in cooler months. To avoid makeup meltdown when it comes to your base, a sweat-resistant foundation is in order when the heat is on. There are plenty of effective, affordably priced options available, so you can pick the best shade that will last all day, without breaking your beauty budget.

Cover Girl

In her article outlining five steps to sweat-proof your face, “Elle” magazine writer Emily Hebert recommended CoverGirl Clean Oil Control Makeup as the best bet for sweaty girls who also have oily complexions. The formula is made with ingredients that absorb oil while conditioning the skin. It comes in 12 shades from ivory to tawny to help you find your perfect match.

Physicians Formula

In its round up of the best sweat-proof makeups, "Prevention" magazine recommends Healthy Wear SPF 50 powder foundation by drugstore brand Physicians Formula as its budget-priced pick. The formula offers mineral-based, multi-spectrum sun protection and a soft, matte full-coverage. Skin-benefiting ingredients include an antioxidant blend, licorice extract, and tomato derivatives to eliminate sun spots and make the skin appear brighter. The line has three colors and one transparent option to choose from.


If you have sensitive or combination skin, Hebert recommends PhotoReady Makeup by Revlon, which contains SPF 20 sun protection, delivered in an oil- and fragrance-free formula. The brand says you’ll achieve an airbrushed finish in any light, for a photo-ready face that lasts through the hottest days. For best results, apply a dab to your forehead, nose and chin and blend outward using a foundation brush, sponge or your fingertips. The brand offers a range of 12 color options in this line.


The higher-priced pick from "Prevention" was Shiseido Sun Protection compact foundation, which gives you dual-protection SPF 34 recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, while wicking away your sweat for hours on end. The powder formula will give you a matte look in a finish that is lightweight and natural, and is made with thiotaurine, an antioxidant ingredient that neutralizes free radical effects. The enclosed applicator sponge has a separate compartment for storage in the compact, ideal because you can use the product dry or wet. If you’re very pale or dark, this brand may not be your best bet because it only comes in one bronze shade.

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