Dear Ruthie’s Top Tips For Keeping Your Face Fresh in This Heat

Struggling to keep your makeup looking fine during these muggy days? Dear Ruthie is here to help.

Anyone who’s ever sweated off their mascara at a street festival knows that when makeup and humidity mix, the result isn’t pretty. We reached out to local drag queen Dear Ruthie – who hosts The Bingo Game Show at Hamburger Mary’s on Wednesdays – for some advice on how to look perfectly put together even when the forecast is calling for a hot mess.

The key isn’t in the makeup, girls, it’s in knowing yourself, your skin and how your body reacts to heat (in other words, sweat). For instance, I can be outdoors in the heat, shooting my reality show, “Camp Wannakiki,” for 12-hour days, and I don’t worry one bit about my makeup. Put me in front of a hot spotlight in a nightclub for a 3-minute song, and my face will instantly start to melt. Once you know how your body reacts to heat, you can better adjust your makeup to adapt to the situation.


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For daytime outdoor events, I pare down on the contour and amp up the powder a bit. If the event moves indoors later in the day, I can simply give my face a quick refresh by adding more contour.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.