If you love swimming, if you perspire heavily when you work out or if you
simply tend to shed a few tears here and there, waterproof makeup is a must when summer rolls around. Say goodbye to eye shadow caked in the creases of your eyelids, raccoon eyes caused by smudged mascara and foundation that fades.
Long-wear makeup is formulated to last longer than regular makeup (4 to 8 hours more or even up to 24 hours) under normal conditions. It is not meant to resist sweat or immersion in water. As for water-resistant makeup, it will stay put during exercise, a hectic night on the dance floor or a dip in the pool. But if you want something that can withstand all conditions, anywhere, anytime, even under water, waterproof makeup is your best bet.
Professional makeup artists recommend waterproof makeup for women who have drooping eyelids or fine lines around their mouths, as it keeps makeup from feathering and creasing.
Foundation, concealer, eye shadow, mascara and lipstick can all be waterproof or made to be. Here are some suggestions:
- Complexion. During summer, you usually have a more even complexion and a sun-kissed glow. That’s why you can get away with masking any minor flaws with a waterproof concealer or foundation.
- Eyes. Choose waterproof eye shadow or apply a liquid protective film over your regular eye colour to waterproof it. Finish off your eye makeup with waterproof liner and .
- Lips. Apply waterproof lip liner to your entire lip surface. Follow with clear gloss to add some shine. You can also just use waterproof lipstick.
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If you have sensitive, reactive skin, waterproof makeup might not be suitable for you, given the extra ingredients it contains. Plus, if you have large pores, waterproof foundation might not be a good option, since it can cause some clogging.
Waterproof makeup is so resistant it can sometimes be difficult to remove. To get the job done, you need the right .
For eye makeup, you have two options: cleansing dry oil or dual-phase (oil- and water-based) remover. Oil-free makeup removers will only get rid of some of your mascara; you will probably end up wiping harder and harder and this will irritate your skin. For facial makeup, you can use regular remover. In both cases, finish off your routine with to eliminate any oil and makeup residue.