Sweating underneath your makeup can cause a whole slew of frustrating problems. Between dripping, caking, and smudging, all it takes is a few minutes outside in hot temps to completely destroy your look. And while going makeup free is certainly an option, if you don’t want to spend the entire summer at odds with your foundation, we sussed out the next best solution.
Alima Pure’s Oil Balancing Primer Powder ($24) is meant to be applied as the first step in your routine, and acts as both a shine-reducing powder and a makeup-gripping primer. Kaolin clay is the star ingredient, and it helps to absorb oil and mattify your complexion. Since your skin’s sebum production tends to ramp up during the warmer months, it’s the perfect pick for layering under your foundation to combat the issue as temperatures start to climb. Sweaty, greasy skin—and the cakey, goopy, messy makeup that comes as a result of it—won’t stand a chance.
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The primer comes in three shades—light, medium, and deep—all of which go on semi-sheer. It’s water based and made with minerals, which means that it’s non-comedogenic and won’t “hug” your skin in the same way that oil-based makeup does. Because of this, it’s particularly helpful for oily and acne-prone skin, and won’t cause any sort of irritation or breakouts, but if you’ve got dry skin that doesn’t require quite the same need for mattifying, it can also be great for T-zone touch ups on your forehead, nose, and chin.
You can easily apply it with a fluffy powder brush, and you only need a thin veil of product to reap the de-greasing benefits. Plus, because it’s so lightweight and breathable, you’ll hardly feel like you’re wearing anything at all. Then, when you layer your foundation on top of it, you can rest assured that it will stay in place during even the sweatiest summer afternoons.
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