Create the perfect summer look that will never smudge, streak or melt away with these amazing waterproof buys...
Whether you’re sunning yourself on the beach or sweating it out on the commute, make-up never seems to stand the test of time when the heat is up.
We’ve all been there – you leave the house looking immaculate, but within ten minutes of being in the sunshine, your mascara clumps and streaks, your foundation melts and that shade of pink lipstick just washes itself away. In other words? Not a good look.
But the good news is that there are a whole host of products out there that won’t melt at the first glimpse of a little sunshine or splash or water. Here, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite water and heat proof beauty buys, so that you can make sure you look amazing, whatever the weather.
From waterproof foundation and eyeliner to lipstick and mascara that will stay put, we’ve rounded up the best beauty buys so you can splash about in the ocean or relax in the garden without having to worry about streaky marks or smudged panda eyes. Don’t leave for your summer holiday – or trip to the local pool – without them!
Our first tip for keeping your skin looking flawless is to start out with a primer high in SPF protection. MAC’s Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer, £22.95 is tinted to give a natural glow, balancing out skin tone and protecting from harmful UV rays and pollution. Available in three tints, opt for ‘Illuminate’ to add radiance to sallow complexions, ‘Neutralize’ to calm red or blotchy complexion, and ‘Adjust’ to brighten dull skin. This clever beauty buy makes an excellent waterproof foundation on its own, or works well when used underneath your usual foundation to keep coverage in place.
Keep reading for more waterproof foundations, eyeliners, lipsticks and more…
Sweat proof, waterproof and super long-lasting, the silicone based pigments in Cargo Swimmables Water-Resistant Blush offer unbudgeable all-day wear. Created in America, the collection is regularly used on the US equivalent of Strictly, 'Dancing With The Stars', as the shimmery rosy hue stays in place and looks great in photographs - a must-have summer holiday beauty buy.
For a flawless contour tap a small amount onto the apples of your cheek with a long-bristled fluffy brush and blend upwards across your cheekbone for optimum definition.
Smashbox Liquid Concealer's lightweight formula scatters light-reflecting pearls across uneven skin-tone to minimise fine lines and dark spots. Pop it in your handbag if you suffer from tired eyes but don't want to wear a full face of foundation in the sun.
Perfectly defined brows have the power to knock years off your overall complexion but the heat can cause havoc when it comes to ensuring they stay put. Stop them slipping and sliding in the summer sunshine with Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyebrow Pencil. Simply feather short swift strokes in-between your own hairs for a natural looking power brow that lasts all day.
Foundation and the heat don't often mix well, with most products melting off within just a few hours of application. Maybelline's Super Stay 24hr Powder is their first waterproof powder, however, that resists heat, sweat and humidity to keep you looking fresh and flawless all day long.
Unlike other waterproof liners, the Clarins Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil holds an intense colour that will last and last. Water resistant and smudge proof, you could spend all day snorkelling in the ocean or sweating up a storm in a yoga class and you're eyes will still look perfect!
Lancome's Hypnose Waterproof Mascara doesn't clump, streak or smudge under your eyes, making it the perfect make-up essential for those hot sunny days. Containing SoftSculpt, a new system of soft, emollient waxes that are combined with the PC/PA polymer system, this miracle mascara produces up to six times the lash volume without clumping, enabling you to build your lashes over and over as the day goes on.
The Bourjois Waterproof Lip Crayon contains a new generation formula to guarantee a light and non-sticky feel, giving your lips radiant colour until lights out. It's high in SPF too so you know your lips will be protected from the sun's ageing rays as well, bonus!
Worry that your make-up still won't last? Grab some NYX Makeup Setting Spray to keep it looking fresh for hours on end. Spary on after you've finished applying and voila! You're ready to go.