No one wants dripping makeup, but with unexpected rain, sudden tears, or the inevitable comeback of humid weather, everyone needs a waterproof makeup solution. Here are 10 waterproof makeup products to add to your basic routine this summer for makeup that stays put.
What ingredient in cosmetics makes it waterproof?
Before delving into cosmetic products that combat water, let’s talk about what makes them waterproof. An all-around waterproof ingredient for all cosmetics actually doesn’t exist! However, the most durable products against water and sebum contain dimethicone as a common ingredient. Dimethicone is a type of silicone often used to enhance the texture of cosmetics formulas and allows for smoother application. Since it is a silicone, the ingredient also provides a waterproof effect.
Dimethicone is considered a low-hazard ingredient but can still irritate sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you fall under this skin type, keep an eye out for naturally-derived alternatives instead, such as beeswax because it’s a sealant and provides strong water resistance.
Best Waterproof Foundation
For makeup to withstand the elements, it needs a strong foundation – like moonshot’s Microfit Cushion, a strong contender for one of the best waterproof foundations around. This water resistant foundation cushion with a high SPF 50 is perfect for summer and leaves skin with a dewy finish. It’s also a sweat proof foundation that absorbs excess sebum, while its added ingredient adenosine brightens the complexion.
MEMEBOX PONY EFFECT’s Waterproof Cushion Foundation Stick also protects skin from UV rays with its SPF 30 formula, and boasts a semi-matte finish. Its unique applicator design consists of a sponge and brush tip, allowing for an even application and a natural-looking finish. It also acts as a foundation and lightweight concealer. The foundation is formulated with isododecane, which evaporates when applied and leaves a waterproof finish. Isododecane also feels feather-light and is friendlier to acne-prone skin than dimethicone.
Best Waterproof Eyeliners
Eyeliners are the best and easiest way to add depth to the windows of your soul, and most makeup looks aren’t truly complete without them. Eyeliners can also create major makeup faux pas if their formulas aren’t waterproof, leaving eyes to look like a panda’s when faced with liquid or just plain sweat.
Various water resistant eyeliners tend to crack and flake but not these two! Water resistant and smudge proof, MACQUEEN’s Waterproof Pen Eyeliner is a highly-pigmented eyeliner that’s perfect for clear, defined lines! It’s also resistant to sweat and sebum, which makes it a must-have for those with oily lids.
A crying heroine on its packaging, ISEHAN’s Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner clearly shows that it’s perfect for teary eyes! The pigmented formula is also sweat proof and boasts a quick-drying formula that prevents smudged lids.
Best Waterproof Mascaras
Good waterproof mascaras are a must since many do not have a great track record against water. More often than not, it’s mascara that’s running down your faces after a particularly sad K-drama episode.
The luxurious packaging of Shiseido’s Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara boasts of its super lengthening formula and small fibers for extra eyelash extension. Thanks to its waterproof formula, this mascara is perfect for dramatic thick lashes that won’t smudge even after a long sweaty day.
For lower or shorter lashes, the Mylash Advance Jet Black mascara from OPERA is designed with a skinny wand that easily reaches the shortest lashes. It perfectly coats with its water and sebum-proof formula, plus it won’t smudge or flake!
Best Waterproof Lippies
Lipsticks, especially red ones, add the right amount of je ne sais quoi and are many ladies’ go-to item for a polished look when they’re in a rush. A large number of liquid lipsticks are now formulated to be water resistant and will stay all day.
LANEIGE’s Tattoo Lip Tint boasts an oil-based formula that’s strong against water while providing a vibrant, natural-looking finish. The lip tint doesn’t smudge or crack and, thanks to its angled doe-foot tip, application is clean and precise.
If you’re looking for an even more intense finish, Etude House’s Matte Chic Lip Lacquer does not disappoint, as it’s smudge proof and stays on lips all day long. It glides on smoothly and dries with a crisp matte finish.
Best Waterproof Eyebrow Products
Brows frame the face and either make or break your whole look, which is why it’s incredibly important that your eyebrow product is water resistant – especially when you’re caught unaware in a sudden downpour.
Etude House’s Tint My 4-Tip Brow is a tint with a lightweight watery texture that glides easily. The eyebrow tint is designed with four sleek tips mimicking natural hair follicles and gives brows a natural feathered look.
BEAUTY PEOPLE’s Waterproof Formula Auto Eyebrow Pencil is also a great option as it’s formulated with candelilla wax, a plant-based and vegan alternative to beeswax. Wax’s high melting point and sealant properties make it a great water resistant ingredient. The raw material is also hypoallergenic so its formula is gentle for people with sensitive skin.
At the end of the day when your makeup has survived, you’ll need to thoroughly cleanse your skin. Waterproof makeup should not be used every day as its formulas are hard to clean and silicones tend to clog up pores if not removed properly. Oil-based cleansers are the easiest and most efficient choice. Head over to Chapter 7 of the Beauty Book for A Beginner’s Guide to Oil Cleansing and get all the juicy details!