Pro Logic: Makeup Artist Sarah Tanno Talks Sweat-Proof Makeup Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Sick of sweating away your makeup? Me too. Makeup artist Sarah Tanno makes up the faces of some of the hardest-working (and therefore, forever sweating) performers out there—so she knows a thing or two about getting the best of perspiration. She shares her favorite budge-proof makeup.

One of the many splendors of living in Manhattan is that you can walk everywhere—you don’t need a car. One of the trying things about living in Manhattan is that you do walk everywhere—you don’t have a car. Walking (for me, at least) = sweating. It just does, no matter the temperature. So proofing makeup against slipping and sliding is as important to me as it must be for someone who’s jumping around on a stage exerting a gazillion times the energy I do (ever), working up a real sweat. Someone like, say, Lady Gaga or Fergie or Katy Perry. Yeah, them. They must perspire, right?

So if these ladies can sweat up a storm on stage without their makeup slithering down their faces, I should be able to walk from Point A to Point B without my face melting—that seems logical. So, I tapped makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, (she’s worked on “Mother Monster’s” dancers while on tour, as well as several performers) to see what budge-proof products she uses on hard-working, steam-producing women. Here are Sarah’s long-wearing, droplet-denying, sweat-stalwart recommendations.


The Sweat-Proof Foundation: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

One way to avoid sheen: Go matte. “I love NARS, and I love this foundation because it offers excellent coverage and a matte finish,” Sarah says. Added bonus: The foundation applies sheer, so you can keep your touch light or build-up the coverage as you see fit.


The Sweat-Proof Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

“This concealer is perfection!” Sarah exclaims. Here’s what to get all excited about: “It allows you to blend the two shades to come up with a custom shade for your own skin. I recommend this to everyone; it’s long-wear and conceals all imperfections.”


The Sweat-Proof Cheek: Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint

Stains remain a go-to for sweat-proof cheeks because they, well, stain those apples! “This fun, blendable crème stain offers a natural flush to the cheeks,” Sarah explains. “I love it because you can also use it on your lips!”


The Sweat-Proof Eyeliner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Creamliner

Fear No Beauty has sung the praises of Make Up For Ever‘s complete Aqua line; as the name suggests, the products have to do a little something with water—or, rather, repelling it, withstanding it, and basically telling it to take a hike if it’s coming to ruin our makeup. Sarah has a hankering for its long-lasting nature as well. This liner glides on effortlessly and does not budge! It comes in so many different colors and I have every one. It’s amazing!” she thrills.


The Sweat-Proof Mascara: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

There’s no denying it: When mascara runs, a makeup fairy dies. (It’s just fact. Don’t argue it.) But Sarah has found a lasting formula she swears by. “Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara gives long, luscious, full, camera-ready lashes with no flaking or clumping! I’m obsessed with it and my clients can’t get enough.”


The Sweat-Proof Lip: MAC Cosmetics Prep & Prime Lips

Typically, you think of primer for the face—but there are other places a priming product can do its magic, such as the mouth. “This primer is designed specifically for the lips,” Sarah explains. “It’s color-free and can be used with any lipstick or lip gloss. Just apply it beforehand and it improves the appearance of your lips, giving you a sexy, refined, in-place pout.”


The Sweat-Proof Setting Spray: Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish

All of your makeup is on; now it’s time to roll on out and get your sweat on, right? Not so fast: “Using this setting spray is the last step, but certainly it’s not the least,” Sarah says. “I never let a client leave my chair without spraying them with my secret weapon for picture-perfect makeup. I use the No More Shine formula on my clients while touring, and through all the dancing, singing and sweating, their makeup remains. The only touch-ups needed are a spritz or two of this spray during intermission, and the show goes on; no makeup meltdowns or messes.”

And there you have it: If you must perspire, do so with makeup that can withstand the heat!

Tell me your sweat-proof makeup tricks and tips in the comments below!

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