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It’s gettin’ hot in herrreeee…and not the fun kind. With temps hitting a record 47 degrees in Sydney a few weeks ago, and the rest of the country trailing close behind, the sweaty season is definitely in full swing. Seeing as summer plans on raging on for at least another month, it’s time to whip out some waterproof makeup favourites if you haven’t already.
Although you might not know it, there are actually tons of waterproof makeup formulas on the market, and it’s not just restricted to mascara (although we’re partial to anything that prevents our sweat from creating black tears down our face). Keep on reading to discover some of our favourite waterproof makeup items.
Okay, let’s start with the obvious. Considering that mascara running down your face is one of the worst feelings in the world for a makeup wearer, we can only thank the beauty gods that waterproof mascara exists to combat such problems. To help you avoid looking like T-Swift in the Bad Blood music video, coat those lashes with a waterproof formula that’ll withstand any temperamental elements. Chances are it’ll go from hot and sticky to pouring rain in just minutes, so better to be prepared…
Our favourite formula is currently the Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Glam Black. Lengthening, thickening and black as night, this baby will keep your lashes looking lush ’til you go at them with the waterproof makeup remover.
Whether you have a leaky eye problem or just sweat uncontrollably like the rest of us, waterproof eyeliner is a necessary investment. Creating that precise, sharp wing only to have it ruined in a matter of minutes is a devastating thought! The bonus is that waterproof eyeliner formulas tend to be insanely pigmented, meaning that they’ll pop and look stunning all day long despite the elements.
For a go-to waterproof pencil eyeliner, opt for the Eye of Horus Goddess Eye Pencil. For a traditional jet black shade, the hue Smokey Black is perfect. You’ve also got the option of other shades, including brights like purple Jewel Amethyst, and subtler tones such as flesh Sahara Nude. Despite being a pencil formula, these babies really do not budge (just ask Eye of Horus’ massive community of devotees) and are bold enough to be used in place of a liquid liner.
When we think about waterproof makeup, lipstick isn’t the first product that comes to mind — but you’d be surprised at how many formulas there are out there that’ll withstand the elements. Not only does this mean they’ll stay on your pout on sweaty or rainy days, but they’ll also withstand eating, drinking and kissing…do what you will with this information.
The Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipsticks are our waterproof formula of choice, and are seriously immune to any smudging or budging. If you want colour that lasts all day, and a huge range of shades to choose from, this is the product for you. They also come in a metallic formula for anyone who loves an out-there lip look.
Perfecting your brows can chew up quite a lot of your morning getting-ready time, so we don’t even want to think about them smearing off as the day drags on. If you’re naked without your brows, it’s in your best interest to pick up a waterproof brow formula, such as a brow gel, to keep colour and shape locked in. Brow gels in general also ensure hairs stay in place, and give you ultimate control over definition.
Keep those brows in check this summer with the OFRA Semi Permanent Waterproof Eyebrow Gel. The ultra-pigmented nature of this gel ensures that your brows won’t quit even when it’s sweltering or teeming outside. It’ll even leave your brows with a semi-permanent wash of colour, meaning you’ll only need to reapply every few days if you play your cards right!
One of the most common ways to waterproof non-waterproof makeup (say that three times fast) is with a setting spray. These are being made increasingly more heavy-duty to compete with the elements, and of course, the needs of all of their users. Smashing out a 12-hour day at work or transitioning your makeup from day to night requires a solid setting spray to keep everything where it should be.
Our pick of the bunch is any of the finishing sprays on offer from Skindinavia. These revolutionary products set makeup in place for up to 16 hours, even if you have oily skin. Go for the traditional Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray if you have dry to normal skin, or opt for the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray – Oil Control if your skin tends to get greasy throughout the day. They also offer priming sprays that you can use pre-makeup application to create a base that locks everything in for hours.
For more heat and sweat-proof makeup, don’t forget to visit the RY Summer Edit! Plus, let us know what your favourite waterproof makeup item is over on Facebook or Twitter.
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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