The Best Product to Set Makeup in the Summer

The Best Beauty Product for Setting Makeup in the Summertime

Summer is here, and while that means lots of time in the sun and hanging outside, it also means… SWEAT happens! I hate being sweaty, and since I’m assuming most of my readers do too, I am sharing the beauty product I use to prevent makeup from melting (or sweating) off my face. 

I’ve shared with you my favorite tinted moisturizer foundation, and this beauty secret is from the same brand – Laura Mercier. It’s their Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Why it rocks…

This stuff is seriously magic. I have noticed over the years, that it is especially effective in the summertime. While that dewy look can be attractive on your tanned skin, there’s a fine line between dewy and sweaty. Hopefully you do not know this from experience, like I do (ugh)! This powder sets your face and continually absorbs oils, leaving your skin looking matte, even on crazy humid days. I remember getting in the car after walking several blocks in D.C. on a hot, August day. I was in work clothes and I felt sticky all over. But to my surprise, I pulled the visor down and my makeup was exactly where I had put it on my face that morning. And somehow, I didn’t look sweaty. That’s how awesome this stuff is!

How it works…

This soft, silky and smooth product should be applied after your foundation and concealer are on. Laura Mercier has a powder puff you can use for application, but I found that method was messy for me and resulted in too much powder on my face. A little goes a long way! I prefer to use a kabuki brush and push it into the powder. Then, I tap the brush several times until I see a small amount is left on the brush and I gently brush the powder into my face. I also use a smaller brush and apply it to my eyelids to set eye makeup. It’s particularly great at preventing your eye makeup from creasing. I use it year round, especially when I have a fancy night out or event and want to ensure my makeup stays put all night long.

I recommend Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder for people with combination or oily skin and to anyone who prefers a matte finish on their makeup. This powder will only enhance a matte foundation. And, like I said, if you’re trying to avoid that “makeup falling of your face in the middle of July” you need to consider trying this stuff out.

Have you used this setting powder or something similar? I’d love to hear, what you use during the summer, how much you like it and how you wear it.

Happy Monday & Cheers!

Sarah Camille

22 thoughts on “The Best Product to Set Makeup in the Summer

  1. Nicolah says:

    I must try this out! I need to stop sweating my makeup off and this seems like it’ll actually help me. I hate my makeup melting in this heat.

  2. Emmi Scott says:

    This is amazing! I hate it when heat and humidity ruin the makeup I worked so hard to put on in the morning. It’s good to know the right tools to fix those problems!

  3. Allyson says:

    Laura Mercier translucent powder is amazing… I absolutely love it! However on a more affordable end I have been using the Coty AirSpun as a drug store alternative for baking and absorbing oils and it is sooooo good!!

  4. Amanda says:

    I live in the south which means we have very humid days! I will definitely have to try this setting powder! I love that it’s tinted too.

  5. Sonyo Estavillo says:

    I really need more translucent setting powder. I used to wear Bare Minerals. The problem is I don’t throw out old makeup so some of my mineral powders I’ve had for years and years. I don’t know if they ever expire? I’m thinking they’ve got to expire, right? I bought or rather tried out the Luminess Airbrush makeup spray thingy…and the stuff didn’t stay on my face, plus it took way too long putting on and $400! I returned it. Now, I’m on the look out for foundation that is good for hyperpigmentation and under eye makeup that is good for dark circles. Any suggestions? Let me know! 🙂

    • SC says:

      I’m not sure if makeup expires like food does, but I do believe the “ingredients” break down and become less effective. For hyperpigmentation and dark circles, I’d try Laura Mercier’s secret camouflage concealer or Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover Concealer. You can use concealer in on the hyperpigmentation spots after you’ve applied foundation. Hopefully that helps!

      • Sonyo Estavillo says:

        Oooh…thank you SC I’ll have to look at that concealer. I just bought a cheapo one just now because it was on sale. But, I’ve been looking to get one that’s good. Thanks for the tip.

  6. gingylove says:

    I just got into setting powders! I have been currently using Tarte’s if you haven’t tried it I recommend it! I will have to give this one a chance!

  7. thejenproject says:

    You look great in all these photos! I haven’t tried the Laura Mercier setting powder, but I love Tarte’s “Smooth operator” powder which is similar, and a small container of it has lasted me years. First heard about it from one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Jen Chae of From Head to Toe 🙂

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