Whether it’s the rain and snow or the pool and beach, every season sometimes calls for waterproof makeup. Maybe it’s weddings that have you worried about your carefully applied makeup slipping and sliding, since if you’re anything like me nothing gets your tear ducts going as quickly as couples exchanging wedding vows. That is why knowing all the tips and tricks on having totally waterproof makeup can come in handy every once in a while.
In this article, I’ll cover all the bases of waterproof makeup, so you can look flawless whether you’re facing a rainy day or participating in a cool underwater photoshoot. We’ve gathered the very best waterproof makeup products with my personal reviews. I also explain exactly what it is that makes waterproof makeup so excellent at holding up against moisture.
I’ll give some suggestions for when it is the right time to use waterproof makeup. I also have some extra tips & tricks for waterproofing that beat. To seal the deal, I’ll make sure you know how to remove your waterproof makeup at the end of the day.
Your Guide to Waterproof Makeup: Contents
15 Best Waterproof Makeup Products to Buy Now
From waterproof foundation to eyeliner to brow products, these 15 options are the best waterproof makeup products currently available on the market.
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
This iconic eyebrow cream is known for its intense color, precise look, and intense longevity, but did you know it is also one of the best waterproof makeup products? This pomade will hold up not only to sweat and rain, but also even to a long pool visit! If your skin is especially oily, you can choose to set it with a powder on top, to make it both water- and oil-resistant. Choose the most fitting of the 11 shades available at Sephora!
2. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Is there a point to liquid eyeliner that isn’t waterproof? You can cry, sweat or get caught in the rain with happiness, knowing that your wings will remain sharp. This liner has a marker-like tip that makes it a total breeze to use, and it gives solid, opaque color. There are 12 color options available at Sephora.
3. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick
Great liquid lipsticks that stay put through all kinds of beverages don’t have to break the bank, as proven by NYX’s take on waterproof makeup products. These lipsticks come in 19 gorgeous and unique shades, which you can find at Ulta.
4. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer
Finding a high-coverage concealer can be tough enough, but finding one that will totally resist the trials and tribulations of rain and sweat without the need for powder is darn near impossible. That’s what makes this waterproof concealer from It Cosmetics so mind-blowing, and as a bonus, it is loaded with anti-aging skincare ingredients! Choose your shade out of the 6 available at Sephora!
5. Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation
This is one of the best foundations out there, period, but it gets extra attention for being one of the best waterproof makeup products as well. It’s a foundation for both face and body that can stay on even without being powdered. It has a natural finish that works for all skin types, and gives a medium coverage that can be easily sheered out or built up. You can buy your best match out of the 40 shades sold at Sephora.
6. MAC Liquidlast Liner
MAC has crafted a nearly perfect waterproof liquid eyeliner, which is so difficult to remove that it is almost to its detriment. Compared to the Stila liner, this eyeliner has a sleeker, thinner applicator that requires a bit of practice, but gives an extremely thin and precise line. It is available at Nordstrom in 7 colors.
7. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
This waterproof mascara does it all: it holds a curl, gives length, gives volume, and it stays on through rain, tears, and even hot yoga. Wear it fearlessly, knowing that it will not smudge, streak, clump, or flake no matter what you put it through. You can find it for sale at Sephora.
8. Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal
This liquid is as unique as they come, and is especially cherished by professional makeup artists, because it converts all powder products into waterproof makeup products – especially eyeshadows! You can mix a tiny drop with your powder or dab it gently over the eye after you’ve already applied your makeup, and your shadows, liners, and brow powders will transform into something that will not move. This also works great for turning eyeshadows into intensely pigmented, waterproof eyeliners. It is available for sale at Sephora.
9. MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
This high-coverage formula will not move no matter what. It is part of the MAC Pro range, and it is suited for underwater photoshoots. It can also work for rainy days or just as a day-to-day foundation if you prefer a fuller coverage and don’t like wasting your time on touch-ups. There are 10 shades available at Nordstrom.
10. Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
If you’re not a fan of powders, you’ll be happy to know these smudge-proof, waterproof eyeshadows exist, and they work beautifully! They glide on smoothly, give buildable color, and do not crease. You can layer them under powder eyeshadows for extra intensity, or wear them alone knowing that they’ll fare well against sweat and rain alike. These cream eyeshadows come in 11 colors at Sephora.
11. Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer
This two-in-one bronzer and contour powder will last through the hottest summer days to give you that sun-kissed look. It is a mineral-based product with just a touch of clay along with some antioxidant ingredients. You can buy this waterproof makeup product in two shades via Sephora.
12. NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer Transparent
On their own, even good powder eyeshadows will crease and fade with the lightest touch of water, but this exceptional eyelid primer will work like magic to lock them into place and prevent creasing or fading even in watery conditions. It is one of the of best waterproof makeup products out there, and since it is NYX it is totally affordable too! Pick it up from Ulta!
13. Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder
Waterproof makeup products are great, but waterproof makeup products that will also make your regular products resistant to water are incredible! This mattifying setting powder is super powerful, so if you get sweaty easily it is a must in your bag – otherwise, you might want to save it for your swimming days. You can buy it from Sephora.
14. Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse
When you’re out on the beach the last thing you want is to feel a greasy or heavy product on your lip – you’d much rather feel nothing at all. These lip stains from Urban Decay are just that, giving buildable coverage to the lips so you can enjoy a sheer wash of color or rock an opaque lip without it feeling like anything. A dip in the water will not make this waterproof makeup product budge, so choose your favorite (or favorites) of the 8 shades available at Sephora.
15. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
If you prefer a super intense, saturated lip with a matte finish, then these liquid lipsticks will do the trick and they will not fade no matter how wet you get. They come in some really intense shades, so you really have a ton of options. They are sold at Ulta, with 29 color options.
What Is Waterproof Makeup?
Waterproof makeup products are the big guns, made to hold up against the greatest watery threats. Waterproof makeup exists in all categories, although of course waterproof mascaras are the most well known and beloved.
However, there are also waterproof foundations, face powders, eyeshadows, eyeliners, brow fillers, bronzers, blushes, and lipsticks. Notably, there are also waterproof sealants and powders that transform regular makeup into waterproof.
What Is Waterproof Makeup Made of?
There are many ingredients commonly used in makeup that holds up against water. Waxes like beeswax, paraffin, and carnauba wax, all kinds of oils, and silicones like cyclomethicone and dimethicone are particularly excellent at repelling water.
These ingredients show up in most makeup formulations because all makeup has to repel water to a certain extent – after all, humans produce sweat no matter what, and makeup has to hold up against that.
The ingredients that make waterproof makeup impossible for water to penetrate are specific polymers that are able to form a water-resistant film over the skin or lashes once they evaporate. There are many different kinds of waterproofing polymers used in cosmetics, so look for ingredients that end in “copolymer” or “crosspolymer” to know that a product is truly waterproof.
When to Use Waterproof Makeup?
Waterproof makeup is strong stuff, so most people don’t need to use it on a daily basis. The perfect time to break out the waterproof makeup products is when you want to wear a full face of makeup, but know that you are likely to get very wet throughout the day.
I don’t think it’s necessary to wear a full face of makeup to the beach, waterpark, or pool on most occasions, but if that’s what you’re into then waterproof makeup might come in handy for you. For me, a full face of waterproof makeup makes sense for an underwater photoshoot or a special occasion that has the potential to get watery due to the weather or tears.
Those with hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating, might find the need to use waterproof makeup products on a daily basis, as regular makeup may not hold up. People with sensitive eyes that tear up easily might find the…