10 Waterproof Makeup Products That Just Won't Budge

Beauty is full of gimmicks, don’t get us wrong (unicorn essence, anyone?), but waterproof makeup shouldn’t be chalked up as one of them. Designed to withstand everything from splashes to sweat to seriously long days, they’re the Bravehearts of beauty. In short, nothing’s going to get in their way and ruin a perfectly good face of makeup.

Keep scrolling to find out why you need waterproof makeup even when you're not going swimming, how it actually differs from your regular products, and which 10 waterproof products are the best.


But you're not going anywhere near water

We see the predicament, but don’t be put off by the “waterproof” tagline. Instead, read it as durable, long-lasting and unsmudgeable. Now you’ve got your head round that bit, get ready for it to change your week—neigh, life. Need to slot in a quick gym session between work and bar? These products ensure you won’t have to start afresh after your power presses. Become emotional at your cousin’s wedding? Your flawless game face isn’t giving anything away when you bump into Uncle John at the buffet. No smears here, thanks.

Oh, and did we mention they’re fantastic on a hangover day when beads of espresso martini-fuelled sweat start threatening to scupper your almost sober façade?

What makes it different from normal makeup?

The main variant between your mascara that runs and your mascara that doesn’t is the extra polymers and silicones that have been added. Creating a protective film on the surface of the makeup, they simply improve the resilience of the products. Let’s take Make Up For Ever. The brand adds an acrylic polymer to its formulas that’s known for its hydrophobic properties, and hey, presto—even water babies won’t have to shun Bambi lashes. How do we know? Because MUFE got synchronised swimmers to test them.

But you do need to know this 

Just two things to flag up about these waterproof wonders… You need to work quickly. By the time these formulas dry, they’re not going anywhere, so don’t, whatever you do, decide halfway through a cat-eye flick that you’ve changed your mind. The same principle applies if you’re etching out a bold lip or using brights on the eyes.

Which leads us onto the second waterproof proviso: removal tactics. While it’s great that there’s no chance of your foundation or brow pencil running, you still want to get it off at the end of the day. Go for oil-based cleansers that dissolve the steadfast silicones and break down the pigments so you can wipe them away easily. Don’t be surprised if you need a double cleanse, either. And while it might mean more time spent at the sink come bedtime, it beats endless reapplications and panics about mascara runs as you shimmy out of the sea any day.

Read on to discover the products that will see you through the blood, sweat and tears, literally.

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