The Sex-Proof Face: How to Apply Makeup Tonight

Photo: Photography by James Pratt Photography and Makeup by Brenda Moreno

Melissa Murphy has been a makeup artist in the adult film industry for the last eight years and has mastered the art of making women who are having sex look good before, during, and after every X-rated scene. This means using foundations that stay put on faces, lipsticks that won’t smear onto body parts, and eye makeup that won’t run. (Though “there was one time though when director Joanna Angel asked me to make the girls eyes run during sex,” she told the Cut, proving smudgy can be sultry. “Skip the waterproof mascara and let nature take its course.”)

Just in time for the calorie-burning activities many of us will be participating in tonight, Murphy has passed along her most trusted tips and products to get that melt-proof O-face. Click through the slideshow to see which products she favors on set, from Kiehl’s lip balm repurposed as face primer to a coconut oil that provides moisturization for the arms, legs, and, um, everything else.