How To Refresh Your Summer Makeup After Sweating It All Off

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
It's August in New York City, which means it's officially makeup-melting-off-your-face-within-10-minutes-of-stepping-outside weather. Love it? Yeah, neither do we.
For makeup-wearers, this type of heat means that refreshing and reapplying your makeup after you've sweat most of it off is a daily ritual — but not always an easy one. Have you ever tried to layer on more mascara at the end of the day only to be left with one single, massive eyelash? And a second coat of lipstick on top of a hours-old shade is bound to leave you with nothing but a crusty mess.
"Heat and moisture can be your worst enemy and wreck your makeup on a hot day," Myiesha Sewell, a Sephora beauty director, says. "But, surprisingly, they can be your best friend when you’re 'reblooming' your makeup." Reblooming? We could get into that. "Since most products are made up of pigment and some type of liquid or cream, by 'reblooming' your makeup, you’re simply reactivating ingredients with the addition of moisture and/or heat, restoring it to the way it was when you first put it on."
Refreshing your makeup is not only an inevitability this time of year, but it's also an art. We asked a few experts about how to refresh or "rebloom" your makeup the right way, without getting the dreaded uni-lash.
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Foundation refreshing for oily skin

There's a big difference between refreshing your foundation/powder when you have oily skin vs. dry skin. When you have oily skin, the main thing you're trying to erase is dreaded forehead shine.

Sewell recommends first using a blotting sheet, like Sephora Collection's Mattifying Blotting Films, and then using a dense fluffy brush or Beautyblender to blend in any creased or caked makeup. Then you can use concealer where necessary.

"Someone with oily skin will tell you they love their blotting powders to control shine, but they probably don’t enjoy looking dusty or lackluster," Sewell says. To avoid that, she recommends using a toning or setting spray that can set makeup (Sewell likes the Caudalie Beauty Elixir) and erase any excess powder to give your skin a matte look.
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Foundation refreshing for dry skin

If you've got dry skin, moisturizer is your friend. Sewell likes applying "glotions" like Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer or Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Afterglow Primer & Luminizer over makeup to refresh foundation.

"You want just enough for your hands to be moisturized, but not overly saturated — about half a pea-sized amount," Sewell says. "Work it through your hands like you’re trying to warm yourself up, and really try to create some friction or heat. Press your hands over your complexion. The key is placing and lifting your hands. No rubbing or blending, so you don’t disturb your blush or bronzer placement."

The final step is then tapping in any foundation that is unblended with your fingers, and applying concealer where necessary.
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After a while, concealer can cake and crease around the eye, so Sewell has a personal recommendation for how to look alive again.

"Tapping a bit of eye cream around your orbital bone will wake up tired concealer and add a glow," Sewell says. Right now, she's loving the Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel.
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To go back over eyeliner, Desiree Stordahl, the senior research and education manager at Paula's Choice, says that a long-wearing eyeshadow, like NudeStix's Magnetic Matte Eye Color, might be your hero.

"For eyeliner, it’s really helpful if you have some dark shadow, just taking a really thin brush and going over the eyeliner with that," Stordahl says. "That’s going to help diffuse anything that might have gone wonky or rubbed off. It’ll help smooth and even lines and gives its own smokey effect to the eyeliner."
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Mascara may be the toughest product to touch up, but our experts have some ideas.

David Razzano, also a beauty director at Sephora, told us that Guerlain's Maxilash has incredible mascara refreshing powers. "It literally can help soften up and separate the old clumped lash," Razzano says. "When you reapply new coats with it, it's quite magical."

But if you're not into buying a mascara specifically for refreshing, Stordahl says you can use those disposable mascara wands that you can get at Sephora or Amazon. "Get that disposable brush a tiny bit damp to brush through that mascara that’s already been hardened on," Stordahl says. "Having those on hand is really nice because you can comb through your lashes and separate them that way."
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After your foundation/concealer/powder is all set, maybe you want to add a little bit of pink to your cheeks. Stordahl warns that putting blush over your blush can make the color too intense, so she prefers something that's not blush at all.

"A lot of the times you're refreshing at the office, so I find keeping a tinted lip balm in my purse is a good idea because I'll use it on my lips and then take it over my cheeks as a blush," Stordahl says. "You can apply it directly onto the skin and then pat around to diffuse the edges. You get color and translucent sheen."

We've long been fans of Sugar Lip Treatments, which come with the added bonus of having SPF 15.
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Finally, for refreshing lipstick, it's best to start the reapplication process by taking whatever's left on your lips completely off, especially if you're working with a liquid lipstick or lip gloss, like Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. "Liquid can get crusty and crumbly and reapplying over that just creates a bigger mess," Sewell warned.

"I always recommend taking it completely off, using a paper towel or whatever you have," Stordahl says. "Then you're going to have a bit of a Kool-Aid effect around your mouth, so I go back over with the outside edges with a concealer or a foundation, just to even the skin back out."

The final step is merely applying a fresh coat of that lipstick or lip gloss right back on.

And there you have it: a completely refreshed face of makeup, sans crusting, flaking, or creasing.

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