HEY, MELTY-FACE: WANT A HEAT-WAVE MAKEUP PRESCRIPTION?

A quick, minimal-makeup approach to heat-wave hotness (yours).
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A quick, minimal-makeup approach to heat-wave hotness (yours).
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8 great things to help your face stay on when the heat is on, too.

"It's hotter in Toronto than in Bangledesh right now, and it's high summer there," commented the nice driver of the cab I hopped into earlier today (frozen stuff; no choice but to cab home). "My wife had a big meeting at work, but she didn't know if she should wear makeup today -- she takes the subway," he added. So what did I do? I wrote down a basic, a hot-weather makeup prescription for Mr. Driver's wife, Charmin. It might work for you, too – maybe tomorrow:

melt-proof your face_lightweight foundation primers

Melt-proof your face: lightweight foundation primer

1) Primer -- a lightweight formula so skin won't feel suffocated. Cover FX Illuminating Primer ($44 CAd at sephora.com) brightens dull skin; Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment ($44 CAd at sephora.com) tempers shine, and contains willow bark extract and salicylic acid to help clear congested skin.

Melt-proof your face: high-pigment, stay-put concealer

Melt-proof your face: high-pigment, stay-put concealer

2) Concealer – a high-pigment, long-lasting formula that covers with only a little bit of product. UPDATE: This Cover FX concealer has been discontinued, but worry not – Tarte's 2016 Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer ($31 CAd at sephora.com) is a good, full-coverage option. Also brilliant for its stay-put ability is Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer Kit ($35 USd at nordstrom.com), a corrector/concealer duo that allows you to customize the shade.

Melt-proof your face: waterproof eyeliner

Melt-proof your face: waterproof eyeliner

3) Eye liner -- waterproof. If you have thick, dark lashes, you can skip liner (just know that I'm super jealous). Otherwise, try YSL Dessign du Regard Waterproof Eye Pencil ($33 CAd at sephora.com), or Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner ($19 CAd at sephora.com), which comes in a great range of shades including Blue Ribbon (navy shimmer) and Peacock (turquoise shimmer). If you like liquid, try Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Waterproof Liquid Liner ($28 CAd at sephora.com), which has an excellent fine tip for precision application. (Oh, five more great pencil liners here.)

Melt-proof your face: tube mascaras

Melt-proof your face: tube mascaras

4) Mascara -- tube-technology. I continue to rave about Clinique Lash Power ($23 CAd at sephora.com); Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Mascara ($25 at lisewatier.com) is another good tube-technology formula, impervious to oily and/or sweaty lids.

Melt-proof your face: cheek stain

Melt-proof your face: cheek stain

5) Blush -- cheek stain. Not only can you use cheek stain on lips too, it's weightless on skin and meltproof. Favourites include Benefit Cha Cha Tint or Benetint ($39 CAd each at sephora.com). UPDATE: The Body Shop Tailored Cheek Tint has been discontinued, but oh my, have you seen the new Lip & Cheek Stain ($16 CAd at thebodyshop.com) in nine amazing shades?

Melt-proof your face: translucent mattifying powder

Melt-proof your face: translucent mattifying powder

6) Powder -- translucent. Tried and true, won't cake up and won't give you white-powder-face in photos: Cover FX Blotting Powder ($28 CAd at sephora.com) and MAC Blot Powder Pressed ($26 USd at nordstrom.com). "Powder only forehead, nose and chin," says celeb makeup artist David Goveia, so you don't look like you're wearing a matte mask.

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Melt-proof your face: easy gloss

7) Lips -- gloss. Honestly, gloss is just easy to slick on without looking. Even I don't want to mess with lipstick in this heat (plus, I don't want it to melt in my purse). Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D Lip Gloss ($4.99 USd at ulta.com) is fun, inexpensive, and promises to stay put for up to six hours.

Melt-proof your face: fix spray

Melt-proof your face: fix spray

8) Fixing spray -- really. I expected Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix  Setting Spray ($36 CAd at sephora.com) to feel like a spray-on coat of silicone, but it doesn't. It feels like... nothing, and it helped my face hold up to today's hella humidity. Urban Decay has similar spray (two, actually) in a purse size ($17 CAd at sephora.com).

There are waterproof eye shadows and bronzers and highlighters etc., but in temperatures like this, the less stuff on your face the better.

What's your favourite melty-weather makeup item or technique?

The Canadians? Cover FX and Lise Watier; David Goveia is a Toronto-based hair and makeup artist (who has worked with Kiera Knightly, Christina Ricci, and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen).