Best Waterproof Makeup


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Summer and the warmer temperatures naturally turn up the heat, leaving us with an epic battle of matte and moist. Sure, the hot season is more about being a little sweaty as the body’s cooling mechanism tries to control the heat, but that doesn’t mean the sweat should prevent you from getting all dolled up. We’ve found the best waterproof makeup products on the market that are able to withstand the warmer weather.

My list of waterproof makeup products is made up of the cosmetics that boast a high-octane color and breathable texture designed to withstand sweat, humidity, and water, hence protecting your makeup from fading, sliding, or melting.

Essentially, these innovative makeups are all you need during the hot and sunny days— you don’t have to go wild when things start getting wet and sweaty. So dive in and find out what suits you!

#22. DR. BRANDT Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion

This is an oil-free moisturizer that refines pores as well as mattifies shine while at the same time improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The sheer lotion has the ability to control production of sebum, which is an oily substance that is secreted by the body to prevent the skin and hair from drying out.

#21. Lancome Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder

This is a lightweight pressed powder that guarantees 12 hours of a matte complexion and shine control. The fragrance-free, oil-free, and non-comedogenic waterproof product is ideal for sensitive skin. The powder certainly has a really effective mattifying power.

#20. L’Oreal 24hr Infallible Eye Shadow

This infallible eye shadow was particularly formulated for long wearing. However, when applied, the eye shadow is not supposed to settle into eyelid lines and creases, budge, or fade when wet.

#19. Maybelline New York Superstay 24TM Lip Color

The patented lip color lives up to its name as it does not fade, crumble, transfer, or feather and yes, it stands up to the hot summer shvitz.

#18. NYC Show Time Volumizing Waterproof Mascara

This waterproof formula is so effective and stands up to the most stubborn smears and smudges all day long. What’s more, the mascara is lash-thickening as well as ultra-conditioning.

#17. Proactiv Oil Blotter Sheets

These innovative blotting sheets inspired by Proactiv’s acne mavens are made using 100% pure natural fiber paper that has no artificial ingredients or pore-clogging talc. These sheets leave the skin feeling clean and fresh with a great matte finish.

#16. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Gel Eyeliner

This eyeliner is perfectly designed to give users the stunning “cat eye”. The gel eyeliner is soft and creamy, and as a waterproof, smudge-proof makeup, it stays put for over 24 hours.

#15. Long-lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Dubbed the “Facebook ready makeup, all day (or night) long”, this setting spray from Urban Decay is moisture resistant and will help your makeup to last through any stress, perspiration, and let’s not forget the summer wedding sobs (who doesn’t do it).

#14. Avon Magix Face Perfector

This is neither foundation nor powder, but the brand promises to keep shine for up to 10 hours while at the same time reducing the visibility of pores and fine lines. The gel-to-powder formula is colorless and utilises light-diffusing technology to actively counteract the shine.

#13. MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

This is an ultra-waterproof, long-wearing, and transfer resistant makeup base that is smooth and maintains a fantastic coverage which lasts all day long. The Vichy Dermablend 16H Fluid Foundation is another option you can use as a base.

#12. Guerlain’s New Terracotta Sun Protection Compact Foundation SPF 20

This light coverage foundation will feel like you are not wearing anything at all. Its light weight nature allows your skin to breath, giving you an amazing coverage that has added benefits of the essential SPF protection. You can also try Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation which is just as great.

#11. Tom Ford’s Complexion Enhancing Primer

This primer is so essential, especially during summer. It feels smooth on the skin and helps to disguise and hide blemishes as well as create a perfect base to prevent your makeup from fading, running, or sliding off.  

#10. VICHY Dermablend Setting Powder

This is a tried and tested waterproof makeup mixer that helps to enhance makeup against effects of bathing, perspiration, and rubbing.

#9. Clique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

This is probably a must-carry holiday essential. The waterproof mascara has added plunge-proofing qualities as well as beautifying benefits. When it comes to mascara, you will be spoilt for choice. Some of my favorites besides all those listed include Rimmel London Wonder’Full Waterproof Mascara, YSL mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils, Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Waterproof Mascara, TOPSHOP Party Proof Intense Mascara, and Eyeko SPORT Waterproof Mascara in Black.      

#8. Stila Stay All Day Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner

This is definitely an eyeliner that lives up to its name as a slick which sticks. The eyeliner is long-lasting and does not come off until you use a makeup remover to swab them. An alternative to this brand is Smash box Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner and Benefit They’re Real Liner.

#7. Clarins Double Fix Mascara

This waterproof mascara has stood the test of time and for the good reasons. When brushed lightly over a great mascara, the makeup mixer perfectly seals in, adding an extra protective layer against the elements.

#6. Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick

Formulated with oils and waxes, this is a high-impact and water-resistant color for lips and chics. The lipstick’s waxy texture creates an intense pigmentation, which acts as a repellent to any harsh elements on your lips. Guerlain Hydrating Long-Lasting Lip Color is another great lipstick.

#5. TOPSHOP Lip & Cheek Smudge

There’s nothing that can offer you a fresher and rosy glow on your cheeks during summer than TOPSHOP’s Lip and Cheek Smudge. Stila’s Stay All Day Bronzer for Face and Body is also amazing and ideal for those who want a little bronze for their face. Another waterproof bronze is Rimmel’s Natural Bronzing Powder Sun Glow, which is affordable and effective in giving you your desired look.

#4. Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Blush

This is a waterproof blush that has a long-lasting effect, especially during summer.

#3. Lancome Sourcils Gel, Waterproof Eyebrow Gel-Cream

If you wish to make the biggest beauty statement with your brows, this is it. Whether you carry the bushier, dark, or sleeked back eyebrows, with this waterproof eyebrow makeup, your eyebrows will stay put, giving you a look you’ll be proud of.

In addition, this eyebrow gel-cream is easy to apply and lasts all day. MAC Pro Long wear Waterproof Brow Set is also great for those looking for an ultra-long-lasting grip, which keeps your brows tidy even in the most humid conditions.

#2. Chanel’s Demaquillant Yeux Intense Eye Makeup Remover

Worried about the sticky makeup never coming off during summer? Worry no more. This remover softens even the toughest eye makeup, helping it come off with ease and without ever irritating your eyes. You can also try the Simple’s Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water.

#1. Daniel Sandler Watercolor Creme Rouge Blusher in Soft Peach

This is definitely a waterproof makeup that will help you feel unique. This is a favorite whether you are looking to waterproof or not. The non-greasy, cream-to-powder formula creates a brilliant silky tinge of color. The grape seed oil in the blusher prevents it from drying the skin out.


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