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. If you can, 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 your 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, comes 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 12 hours in dry or wet conditions.

Seal the Deal

Products containing sealants can help stop your makeup from smearing all over your face in the pool or at the gym. Waterproof brow pencils contain wax sealants to help lock in brow color. Waterproof spray can also be applied over your regular makeup for a sweat-proof and rub-resistant finish. Another option is to simply use water-resistant makeup, which contains sealants that are lighter and gentler on skin than waterproof makeup, with nearly the same effect.

Take It Off

Compared to regular varieties, waterproof and water-resistant formulas can be more difficult to remove than regular formulas, so make sure you have a waterproof makeup remover on hand. You can also use coconut oil to remove the product. Simply put a little bit of oil on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes. Makeup remover wipes, which are pre-soaked with liquid that’s specially designed to remove waterproof makeup, are a convenient and effective option as well.