Now that the weather is finally starting to cooperate, we have a whole new set of beauty issues to deal with.  My pals in New York told me the thermometer reached a sweat inducing 100 degrees this week.  Ah… I remember those days.  The days of getting ready in the morning only to have your face melt off before you’ve even reached the subway station.  By the time you get to work (or wherever your final destination may be) you look as if you’ve just completed a marathon- only no one’s going to hand you a medal.  Maybe a towel- but definitely not a medal.

Well, here’s a little assistance from a woman who’s been in your sweaty shoes.  I learned quickly not to bother with heavy amounts of makeup and to not even attempt to fight the east coast humidity.  Instead, I picked a few makeup bag essentials that will hold up to even the most sweltering heat.

1. Rebecca Minkoff Made Up Studded Cosmetic Case, $53.99, 2. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage, $25, 3. Trish McEvoy Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15, $35, 4. Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl Luminizer, $30, 5. Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, $24.50, 6. Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics, $2.99,  7. Sephora Matte Blotting Papers, $8

By keeping your face gunk free and focusing mainly on your pout, you can win the battle against summer weather.  A light powder (especially with SPF!) is a great way to get coverage while fighting shine.  Now- I’m going to go ahead and contradict myself here: You’re going to be shiny.  So, you may as well work with your given situation by corralling the shine to where you want it. Your cheekbones.  Swiping a matte pink (the color of the season) across your lips and topping it all off with a coat of waterproof mascara will having you looking hot (figuratively, not literally).  Don’t forget to keep blotting papers and some metal free rubber bands handy!

Hot has a whole new meaning.