10 Makeup Looks That Get Better When They're Melty

Promise.

Add one more to the list of warm-weather afflictions we've turned into beauty advantages. Unless we're talking foundation-running-down-your-neck-in-rivulets hot, summer can actually be really wonderful for makeup. Not sold? We make the case straight ahead with 10 looks that reach max gorgeousness after a few hours outdoors.

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Last Night's Liner

Making a case for not reaching for your micellar water at night's end, Chloe's beauty team went for a "day after the party approach" with this subtle version of a smoky eye that mixes black eyeliner and silver eyeshadow. 

The trick is looking fresh-faced while also bearing traces of last night's shadow, so don't bother touching up your eye makeup when it starts to head south in the heat. 

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The "Just Snogged" Lip

Purposefully smudged, lived-in lips stole the show on the Preen runway, which had models looking like they'd just finished an intense make-out session before taking to the catwalk. 

It's an easy segue for those who have a tough time keeping their lips stenciled in the first place and it resembles a glossier, messier take on the rocket pop lip stain (next slide). 

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The Stain

There's an easy way and an even easier way to recreate this sweet Giles look. Easy way: Using your fingers, blot on a lip and cheek stain, concentrating the liquid in the center of the mouth. Easier way: Eat a Popsicle. The longer it sits, the more it seeps in, giving off rosy, are-you-jealous-I've-got-this-much-natural-color vibes.

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The Eye Gloss

This Marc by Marc Jacobs show had really great beauty, okay? The point of this unconventional model pic is to show you the eye gloss, which you can achieve by patting Eight Hour Cream or something similarly dewy in the middle of the lid. Even as the rest of you gets sweatier, you'll still have a different kind of shine highlighting part of the face.

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The New Bronzer

Sure, Fei Fei Sun's perfectly matte here, but give her a place in the sun, and her low-on-the-cheek bronzer situation will look even better. Normally, you'd suck in your cheeks then sweep powder in the hollow to contour, but when you put blush or bronzer underneath the cheekbone, it creates a ruddy, childlike effect. And like we talked about before, a bit of perspiration dissolves the makeup so it becomes part of your skin.

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The Gothy Eyeliner

True thing models do: Put on eyeliner, then get in the shower so it runs into their lash lines. We're cheating that by applying kohl normally, smudging a bit, then mostly forgetting about it.

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The *Automatic* Eyeliner

Is it weird to *try* and get your mascaraed lashes wet? Some people—fine, me—swear a touch of saline moisture makes the fibers lay straighter or something, which in turn coats the lashes more evenly. Even if you don't buy that, if you use method #2 outlined here and let it liquify a bit, you'll end up with lashes and self-applying liner. Score.

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The Glossy Shine

On an average day where you're running late, you pin your wet hair back and sprint to catch the train. Bam: you've got this Marc Jacobs beauty look down. (Well, sort of.)

The inspiration here was a messy, well-lived style achieved after hours of partying, so vaseline was lightly slicked over bare cheekbones and under eyes for subtle shine. Just think: it would only look more natural on days when sweating is bound to happen anyways.

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The Smoky, Smudgy Eye

A smoky eye that gets smudgier as the night goes on? Easy enough, but first things first, set up some guidelines. Sweep some shimmery eyeshadow along the upper and lower crease of your eye. Lightly blend with a brown or kohl liner, slick on some mascara and let the heat/gravity do its thing.

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The Sunkissed Eyeshadow

Left your lipsticks in a hot car or in the sun for too long? Tut tut, but let's not fret over spilled pigment. The trick to a natural, bronzed glow that plays up your natural color is to repurpose those lipsticks and apply them as shadow. Take an orange and red lipstick, blend them and spread the color over lids and creases to achieve a St. Tropez summer hue.

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