13 Things Sweaty Women Should Always Carry in Their Purse

Because you never know when you're going to need to freshen up.

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Because you never know when you're going to need to freshen up.

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Primer

Got oily skin? Keep your grease glands at bay with an oil-absorbing primer or BB cream, so you wind up looking dewy rather than glistening.

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Travel-Sized Deodorant

Scared of smelling funky halfway through your day? Always carry a travel-sized deodorant (or deodorant/antiperspirant, if you feel you need it).

Tip: If you do wind up with yellowing or odors from sweat stains on your clothes, check out our guide on how to get rid of them.

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Powder

A little pressed powder goes a long way when it comes to absorbing oil, eliminating shine, and keeping your face looking great. Just make sure not to overdo it throughout the day. You want to maintain a fresh face, not a cakey one.

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Cream Blush

Not only do cream blushes tend to last longer than their powdery counterparts, they also give an ultra-natural finish that makes your skin look dewy, not dry.

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Sunscreen

With the summer heat comes a big dose of sunshine. While this is great for fulfilling your vitamin D quota, it can also lead to sun damage, premature aging, and even skin cancer. Stay safe by slathering on a shot glass worth of sunscreen — SPF 30 or higher — and reapply every two hours (more frequently if you're sweating or swimming).

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Perfume Samples

Carrying around a full bottle of perfume isn't convenient nor practical, but having a scent on hand is always good for those moments when you realize you're not smelling so fresh. Head to the makeup counter and request a few small sample bottles to pop in your purse. Can't find you favorite? Make your own travel size scent with a small atomizer like .

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Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a true miracle product, absorbing grease, covering up odors, and ensuring your blowout looks great for way longer. Carry a travel-sized version in your bag for easy touchups on the go.

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Face Wipes

While dabbing your face with tissues and napkins helps absorb some of the moisture, it's important to remember that your sweat contains bacteria, which can lead to breakouts and clogged pores. The solution? Cleansing wipes made for your face.

"Freshen skin throughout the day and remove dirt, oil, and impurities with a disposable cloth that contains moisturizing humectants," advises Dr. Dennis Gross, MD, creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.

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Bronzer

In the summer, you want to like you're glowing — not glistening. Apply a little bronzer along your cheekbones, nose, forehead, and chin for a warm radiance.

Tip: Just be sure to stick with matte formulas rather than shimmery ones, lest you wind up looking even shinier.

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Blotting Sheets

There's no more elegant way to say this: You should keep blotting sheets — or at least tissues — handy so you can dab your forehead, under your arms, along your neck, as well as all those other areas where grease and sweat tend to pool.

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Face Mist

Set your makeup, refresh your complexion, and cool off with a little spritz of face mist. While you can buy these in stores, I prefer to save the $20 and just make my own by mi a half-cup of organic rosewater with a few drops of vitamin E oil in a mini-spray bottle.

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Liquid Lipstick

Want a cute lip color that lasts through your sweatiest moments? Pick a liquid lipstick that dries matte, then add lip balm or gloss over it to alter the texture if you want a more satiny finish.

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Waterproof Mascara

For those who want defined lashes no matter how hot it is, waterproof mascara is a must. If you're sick of smudged mascara giving you raccoon eyes, check out our reviews to find your new favorite.

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