Whether you’re going to a wedding, catching a tear-jerker movie or heading out for a day at the pool or beach, knowing how to apply sweat-, tear- and weather-proof makeup is a great skill to have. Waterproof your makeup so your face stays put – no matter how soggy things get.
Keep It Light
Heavy, cakey makeup is more likely to smudge and smear when it gets wet, so try to keep cosmetics on the light side. Instead of heavy foundation, try a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer to create a light base that will cover blemishes and imperfections. Forgo eye makeup and keep things simple with groomed brows, curled eyelashes and a little waterproof mascara. Swap powder-based products with cream or gel-based formulas which sink into your skin instead of sitting on top of it. Switch your heavy, creamy lipstick for a lip stain, which dries matte and stays put even through a swim.
Use Waterproof Products
If you don’t want to go light and do want to wear the same amount of makeup as you normally do, using waterproof products can go a long way in preventing a makeup meltdown. Eye makeup (such as liner and mascara), foundation, lipstick and blush come in a variety of waterproof formulas that actually work. If you love wearing eye shadow – but don’t want to risk looking like a raccoon in soggy weather – try a waterproof eye shadow crayon. Some are designed to stay put for up to 12 hours in dry or wet conditions.
Seal the Deal
Keep even non-water-resistant makeup in place with a few spritzes of finishing spray. Some types work better than others, but using a good finishing spray over your regular makeup should create a sweat-proof and rub-resistant finish. Choosing products that contain sealants can also help stop your makeup from smearing all over your face in the pool or at the gym. For example, waterproof brow pencils contain wax sealants to help lock in brow color.
Take It Off
Compared to regular varieties, waterproof and water-resistant formulas can be more difficult to remove at the end of the day. Make sure you have a waterproof makeup remover on hand. Basic coconut oil is an all-natural solution to removing stubborn mascara and other cosmetics. If you're using solid coconut oil, soften a teaspoon or so of the product in the microwave for a few seconds. Use your fingers or a cotton pad to sweep coconut oil over any waterproof makeup. Let it sit for a few seconds and use clean cotton pads to wipe it away, then rinse. It may be necessary to follow up with makeup remover wipes, which are pre-soaked with liquid that's specially designed to remove waterproof makeup.
Chloé Baudin has been a health and lifestyle writer and editor since 2008. She has contributed to online and print magazines, covering personal finance, home decor, travel, preventative health, sports, science, technology, psychology and relationships.