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Go to the matte: Does your makeup disappear by lunch only to be replaced by an oil slick on your nose? "In the summer, skin feels greasier, and we sweat more," says Heidi Waldorf, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. "Extra humidity in the air means that evaporation is slower, so shine just sits on your skin." To help lick the slick, Dr. Waldorf recommends applying a lightweight SPF moisturizer and topping it with a mattifier, which can help control oil for hours. We like Philosophy Total Matteness Pore Eraser ($40, philosophy.com), which is filled with shine-sopping bamboo extract.
Think prime time: Next, put on a primer to help makeup last longer. Choose one that's free of silicone, an ingredient that can turn greasy in the heat. Try Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36, sephora.com).
Last the distance: Give your foundation a vacay and opt for a BB cream. "The last thing you want is a face full of makeup on a sweltering day," says Raychel Wade, a makeup artist in New York City. Our pick: Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin ($13, drugstores), which provides light coverage, oil-zapping ingredients, and SPF 20. Wade says to mist on a setting spray to lock in your look. A good one is Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray ($18, marykay.com).
Touch up lightly: If you find yourself in meltdown mode, resist the urge to pile on more products. "If you add more makeup, it can get cakey and discolored," Wade says. Instead, after using an oil-blotting sheet (or a tissue), reach for a thick stick concealer, like Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer ($6, drugstores). "You can apply it just where it's really needed, then spread it around," Wade says. "Use your fingers to dot the concealer around your nose and T-zone." Finish with a dusting of translucent powder.
Take it all off: Wash away the day's makeup, sweat, and grease with an oil-control cleanser, such as Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away! Shine Minimizing Cleanser ($8, drugstores) or Clarisonic Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution ($169, sephora.com), which includes a pore-clearing cleanser, a mask, and a brush that uses a sonic frequency to remove grime.
Zap zits: Dr. Waldorf's one-two punch for minimizing a pimple: Apply a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to reduce inflammation, then top it with an acne spot treatment containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, and/or sulfur to dry it out. Try Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment ($5, drugstores), which has 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide.