Summer often comes with the stress of worrying about your makeup washing off in the swimming pool or smearing because of the heat. Furthermore, you may have anxieties about wearing makeup to the beach because of the aforementioned reasons. Long story short, it’s no fun trying to keep water off of your face while swimming or keeping makeup from smearing in the hot weather. Fortunately, waterproof makeup enables you to wear makeup to the pool or beach and keep it there until you’re ready for it to come off.
The labels on waterproof makeup are self-explanatory and the product doesn’t come off unless it’s wet. Waterproof cosmetics aren’t only for swimming pools or oceans though because they can be used for everyday wear to keep your mascara and eye liner from smearing all over. Another big reason for wearing waterproof makeup over other products is that it’s far less likely to smear or transfer during a kiss. This is especially important for women who wear bold lip colors! Moving past the basics, here are some more details about waterproof makeup.
What Make-Up Items are Waterproof?
You’ll have a large selection to choose from when it comes to waterproof makeup since it’s available in nearly every brand. There are waterproof concealers, blushes, lipsticks, brow pencils, and even waterproof eye shadows. But while there may be variety with waterproof makeup, you also have to be careful because the cost can be significantly higher than its counterpart. Luckily, you won’t need to purchase from expensive brands to find quality products because manufacturers of all price ranges make waterproof makeup.
If you have a drugstore brand that you trust, like L’Oreal or CoverGirl, then try using their line of waterproof cosmetics. The odds of you finding success in a brand that you already trust are higher than trying to find a new brand that you’re unfamiliar with. With this all being said, read on for tips on how to get waterproof makeup to work for you.
Cleanse Your Face
Applying waterproof makeup is no different than applying any other type of makeup. You’ll need a clean face to begin with, so cleanse your face to remove makeup; then cleanse again to get the leftover residue off of your skin.
You should now apply a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher; you can try using a tinted moisturizer for full coverage. Let the moisturizer absorb into your skin for five minutes and during this time you can get dressed, brush your teeth, fix your hair, or do any other chore you need to complete. The moisturizer will be the base for your makeup and will also keep your exposure to the sun at a minimum.
Next, you’ll need to apply a full-to-medium coverage concealer that matches your skin color. You’ll need it to be as close to your skin color as possible because the conealer is taking the place of foundation. Also, you will only apply the concealer to areas of the face that need coverage like under the eyes, around the nose, chin, pimples, discoloration or the forehead. For best results, use a liquid concealer as powder concealer will cake up and be unattractive.
What Not to Wear
The mixture of foundation and sunscreen is terrible because it’s ten times more likely to cause acne breakouts than regular full coverage foundation. You’ll have better luck by not wearing foundation when you are going to spend lots of time under the sun in hot weather. The reason for this is because the sun exposes all areas of the face where you might not have blended the foundation in completely. You also run the chance of having a cakey face once you begin to perspire.
Fortunately, you can keep your face from becoming oily or greasy by opting for a tinted moisturizer, or non-tinted moisturizer that includes SPF instead of a basic sun block. Another reason not to use sun block lotion is because the grease left on your skin from the lotion will keep makeup from staying on your face. As soon as you step out in the sun your makeup will begin melting off of your face.
Use a bronzer if you’d like! Apply to your cheek bones, on the sides of your forehead close to your hair line, on your nose and chin. If you’re wearing a tank top, you can go a step further by dusting the bronzer on the tops of your shoulders. You can also opt for a cream blush. Powder blushes aren’t a good choice for waterproof makeup because they won’t last long, and will leave you with a cakey appearance.
You won’t want to have to elaborate eye makeup because it’s too fussy, so keep your makeup simple by only using mascara. Use mascara that thickens and lengthens your lashes to compensate for not using eye shadow. Curl your lashes before applying mascara. Also, you’ll be using waterproof mascara, so apply the mascara with a side-to-side motion for a clean application.
You can use an eyelash primer to ensure long-lasting wear of your mascara. If the thought of only wearing mascara leaves you feeling uneasy, then add some eyeliner to your lashes. Use a liquid liner that will dry for long-lasting wear in combination with liquid eye shadow that is labeled waterproof.
Lastly, you’ll need to put something on your luscious lips; use a light shade like pink or coral. Once you’ve found a waterproof lipstick use a translucent powder to set your makeup. If you’ve chosen a waterproof gloss, then avoid putting the powder on your lips. An example of long-lasting liquid eyeliner is M.A.C. Liquidlast Eyeliner, and this will enable you to swim all day without it fading.
If you’re going to bring your makeup bag along on a beach trip, it’s best to keep it in the shade so your makeup doesn’t melt due to warm temperatures. If you have an ice cooler with you, stick a cosmetics bag in there to keep your items cool while you’re enjoying the sun.