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17 Sweatproof & Waterproof Makeup Picks for Summer


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I don’t know about you guys, but as soon as summer temperatures start to creep in, my entire makeup routine needs an overhaul. After all, when it’s super hot and humid outside, most traditional cosmetics will start to melt right off of your face!

Well, this year, I’m going to help you prevent that from happening by sharing some of my favorite sweat-proof and waterproof drugstore and high-end products. Invest in these picks, and you’ll look fresh and presentable all season long… no matter how many degrees it may be outdoors. Read on to check out my picks:

1. Tinted Moisturizer, BB cream, or Lightweight Foundation

If you’ve used a regular liquid foundation during the summer, then you know about the melting, pooling, and caking that can occur. In addition, most regular liquid foundations don’t have SPF, which is so essential in the summer.

If you want lightweight, hydrating, melt-proof coverage with SPF this summer, I recommend trying a BB cream, tinted moisturizer, or some sort of lightweight, creamy foundation as opposed to a traditional liquid. Here are four of my faves:

Waterproof makeup foundations

China Doll foundation from Napoleon Perdis is originally priced at $50, but is currently on sale for $25(!) at Ulta, which is the only reason why I picked it up. Plus I was looking for something lightweight that also has sun protection (SPF 15). This foundation offers full coverage but honestly feels like you’re not wearing anything – just make sure to use sparingly, as it can look cakey if you apply too much.

Another great high-end option is Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream. This product is $39, can be found at Sephora or Ulta, and is one of my favorite BB creams of all time. It’s so lightweight, but has amazing coverage, protection (SPF 35) and is ultra sweat-proof.

A cheaper foundation that I have raved about before is CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe foundation. This foundation smells like fresh cucumbers, has amazing coverage, is extremely lightweight, and has an SPF of 10 (not the best, but better than nothing). I seriously re-purchase this foundation every time I run out – I love it!

If you’re looking for a drugstore brand BB cream, I recommend Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream. It doesn’t have the best coverage, but it does color correct and moisturize while providing protection from the sun. I like this product for those days when it’s unbearably hot and you don’t want to lift yourself off the couch (or from in front of the fan).

2. Concealer

If you have serious blemishes or dark circles to cover, the last thing you want to worry about is your concealer evaporating halfway through a hot day, or getting splashed away at the pool.

Below are the two waterproof concealers that I recommend most. Both of these products are extremely good at providing medium to full coverage while staying put on your face throughout a hot summer day.

Waterproof makeup concealer

Make Up For Ever’s waterproof concealer is long-lasting, provides full coverage, and is super lightweight, but is also a bit pricey at $32. However, I purchased this product two years ago and it is still going strong, meaning you get a lot of bang for your buck. I really trust this product with covering my problem areas and staying on my face all day – even when I’m swimming!

An inexpensive concealer I recommend is NYX’s waterproof concealer stick. It’s very creamy, has good coverage, lasts all day (through sweat and water), and is so budget-friendly at under $5.

3. Setting Powder

In the summer heat, it’s important to go with a lightweight, mineral powder to set your foundation and/or concealer – any others will make you feel like you’re wearing pounds of makeup!

Both of these setting powders below will help to ensure that your foundation and concealer aren’t going anywhere throughout the day:

Waterproof makeup setting powders

NYX’s Mineral “Set It & Don’t Fret It” is a great drugstore find that will help to keep your makeup on all day and give your face an extremely matte finish.

If you’re looking for a higher-end product with a little bit of illuminating power, then bareMinerals’ Mineral Veil will give you a great, all-day finish while adding a bit of sheen.

4. Blush

There are several different blushes that can be worn in the summertime, ranging from liquids to creams to mousses. I wouldn’t recommend wearing any powder blushes because they will feel heavy and may leave a cakey appearance after a few hours.

These two blushes are the ones that I love and swear by:

Waterproof makeup blush

NYX’s Rouge Cream Blushes come in various shades and are extremely easy to blend and apply. I love the color they give – they’re subtle yet beautiful!

Benefit’s Benetint is a product that can be worn not only as a blush, but also as a lip color. It’s a beautiful light red stain and stays on your face or lips all day long. It also smells delicious, kind of like cherries!

Tip: Both of these blushes come in colors that can also be used as a highlight (on top of your cheek bones and down the bridge of your nose). If you’re looking for a highlight shade in these products, look for a light shimmery champagne or light shimmery golden bronze color – they will look fabulous in the sunlight.

5. Eyeshadow

If you’re looking for a little color for your lids, then I would recommend using a cream-based product, since they stay put if you begin to sweat or are going for a swim. Primer helps any eyeshadow to stay on longer, however, these products wont be needing any setters – they stick on your eyes all day long!

Waterproof makeup eyeshadows

I really love using cream eyeshadows during the summer because it takes literally 1 second to apply and gives your eyes a beautiful shimmery effect while staying on all day long! Seriously, I’ll get out of the water and these are still on my eyelids!

Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream is insanely pigmented, waterproof, and beautiful. There are so many different colors to choose from that you may become overwhelmed. What’s cool about this product in particular is that it can do double duty as a highlight, blush, and lip color, as it is made to be safe for eyes and lips.

Maybelline’s Color Tattoo also comes in a range of beautiful shades, however these are not advertised to be safe to use on your lips – of course you can use them as a highlight or blush, though! What Maybelline has that MUFE doesn’t, though, is an even bigger range of colors with multiple different iridescent glitters and shimmers. (In addition, Maybelline’s shadow is lower priced.) It’s all personal preference, though!

6. Eyeliner

Eyeliner is totally optional in the summertime (as, really are any of these other products that I’ve mentioned). However, you know how much I love my cat eyeliner – I’m obsessed! So a good waterproof liquid liner is a summer essential for me.

Below are two of my favorite picks:

Waterproof liquid eyeliners

Stila’s Stay All Day is a waterproof liquid eyeliner pen. Because it’s a pen, it gives you more control because the brush isn’t flimsy. I really like this product because it comes in so many different shades AND will stay on through a fun day in the sun.

If you’re looking for a more affordable waterproof eyeliner, I recommend Wet n’ Wild’s H2O Proof. This product stays on all day, through the water and sweat, and can even be a little bit difficult to take off with just water. (You’ll need to use a high-quality eye makeup remover.) For just $3 you get an amazing eyeliner, however, the brush can sometimes be a little flimsy so be careful when you’re applying it!

7. Mascara

There are so many waterproof mascaras out there – you really can’t go wrong with high-end or drugstore brands. Here are the three waterproof mascaras I swear by:

Waterproof makeup mascaras

I personally prefer drugstore mascara to high-end mascara because it needs to be replaced so often. However, one high-end waterproof mascara that I really loved was Urban Decay’s Cannonball mascara. This made my eyelashes miles long and ultra-defined.

Maybelline’s Falsies mascara is also amazing and is a lot cheaper than Urban Decay. My lashes looks awesome and thick when I apply this mascara, I love love love the way they look!

Even though I love Maybelline, CoverGirl’s LashBlast will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s waterproof, lengthening, defining, and just amazing. I love the way my lashes look when I use this mascara (and it doesn’t hurt that it’s incredibly waterproof!).


Have you ever tried any of these products before? What is your summer makeup routine? What are some other sweat-proof water proof makeup products that you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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42 Responses to “17 Sweatproof & Waterproof Makeup Picks for Summer”

  1. 1
    May 28th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I love the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream! Like you said, it doesn’t provide that much coverage, but it does the job! I think it’s better than the pricier Clinique tinted moisturizer I was using before.
    Ooh, I hadn’t seen the NYX concealer stick before..I’ll definitely have to try that out. (I’m a sucker for just about anything that’s crayon-like!)

  2. 2
    May 28th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    How about sun block and nothing else? It’s my favorite make-up for summer holiday :)

  3. 3
    May 28th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I agree with Marisa
    Sunblock is an essential…….who wears make up to the beach (except kim kardashian) :)

  4. 4
    May 28th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for this post. My foundation sweated off of me a few days ago, and it was not pleasant. The only trick now is finding a lightweight one in the right color.

  5. 5
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I have to agree with the girls Marisa and Aish–I just wear sunblock to the beach and don’t worry about the rest. The beach is for swimming and being active, and I doubt any makeup will truly be necessary for that!

  6. 6
    May 29th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    If anyone is looking for eyeliner, I can highly recommend 17 ‘TATTOO ME’ eyeliner from Boots. You have to have a bit of ability to put it on as it is quite thick and uses a brush, but to get it back off also takes a lot of effort meaning it’ll stay on through thick and thin! I reviewed it a while back and mine has survived soakings at water parks and the all official Grey’s Anatomy cry test, aka lots of tears!

    I’ve decided to try and forego foundation more this summer though…


  7. 7
    May 30th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I get my eyelashes permed and tinted in the summer, so I always look like I have mascara on, then I just wear a matte primer (for shine) sunscreen and Burt’s Bees tinted Chapstick. Just did this for vacation and Hawaii and it was so low maintenance and perfect for swimming in the ocean and humidity.

  8. 8
    May 31st, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Lux, what’s it like to get your eyelashes tinted and permed?! I’ve never heard of that before!

  9. 9
    May 31st, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Kathryn, I definitely will have to check out that eyeliner, especially if it’s tear-proof! I’m obsessed with romantic movies and novels.

  10. 10
    May 31st, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Joules, I definitely agree!

  11. 11
    May 31st, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Katy, I really recommend trying out drugstore products before you spend major bucks on a lightweight foundation!

  12. 12
    May 31st, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Aish, yes, sunblock is definitely something that I always keep in my purse!

  13. 13
    May 31st, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Can’t argue with that, Marisa! I’m so pale I need all the sunblock I can get!

  14. 14
    May 31st, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Shannon, I haven’t tried the Clinique tinted moisturizer before but I’m glad I found a dupe for it without even trying, haha!

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    June 3rd, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Actually, the Bene-Tint that’s pictured is very distinctly rose scented. If you don’t like the smell of rose, you probably won’t like it. I have a bottle that’s lasted me a year and it’s not even halfway empty. It’s one of my favorite products for summer, hands down.

  16. 16
    June 6th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Hey Ladies! So I’m a make-up artist for Bare Minerals, and I think its important to note that our Mineral Veil Finishing powder also have SPF 15 or 25 in it (depending on the one you buy)! We have a lot of women who put only this on and use it as a sunscreen, but they also get the pretty flawless finish. For those of you who only wear sunscreen, (which is amazing and really really smart,) the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil might be an incredible option also.

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    August 13th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    i think the maybelline BB is good with a bit of suncream under it and concealer and if you set it with a light powder that has no colour it looks really good. it so much better than any of the loreal ones which are only one shade and orange.

  18. 18
    September 11th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    During summer, i use a different tone of foundation. Because of all the tan i get, i can’t really apply my regular foundation during these months of heat.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    September 19th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for the info on the “waterproof make”! I have tried many products which claim they are waterproof which fail. The 2 I have found to be incredibly awesome, I’m not a representative, Avon Extra lasting Mascara and Avon Glimmersticks G01, BLACK. I live in the deep south where humidity is a pain 8 months out of the year. Now with the help from this article by EMMA, I’ll have better success with my other beauty products staying where I put them instead every where else I don’t want the makeup to end . Thank you.

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    October 5th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Emma – thanks so much for all the shares! I noticed from your other posts that you use a lot of the same brands I do!

    I started using a lot more Japanese brand makeup (that aren’t ever advertised in mainstream media) that are totally worth checking out! (Fair warning: a lot of them do tend to be pricey, though.)

    My FAVORITE eyeliner (I only ever do cat eyes) is K-Palette. It’s waterproof and stays on for hours! (It says 24 hours, but I’ve never worn it that long. I totally believe it could last, though.) Each liner can be $15-17 bucks, but it lasts a long time. I use mine every single day and I only need about 2 a year.

    And my favorite makeup remover – the most effective I’ve ever used is the Deep Cleansing Oil from DHC. It WORKS. Love the stuff! You might even be able to get a sample from the company to try it!

    Hope that was helpful!

  21. 21
    October 28th, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I just wanted to give my opinion on the few products I’ve used here..i have naturally long lashes and i’m very critical of mascara’ the lashblash is very waterproof I couldn’t even get it off with’ll have to use some oil based eye makeup remover to get rid of it…however I will say that it does not do that well in making your lashes look full and separated..the Regular lashblast works amazing but the waterproof is okay…now the wet and wild h2O eyeliner is wonderful…stays put and doesn’t budge, however use another brush for a perfect line, great price, great product..i have used bareminerals but have yet to try in the water

  22. 22
    February 10th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you for the post!! I am looking for something that I can wear to work and not sweat it off. I work at chipotle and with the hot good I front and the grill in the back I start sweating (I sweat fast :/ ) so I can’t wear foundation because it goes everywhere. I’m going to try one of these BB creams to see if they work for me.
    Once again thanks girl!(:

  23. 23
    March 11th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    A good lightweight alternative to liquid foundation is rimmel London’s tinted moisturizing primer it matches almost any skin tone from light to medium and it makes you face feel baby skin soft!! It also has 15 SPF. I been using it instead of foundation recently because winter has made my skin so dry and my skin is too sensitive for heavy foundation.

  24. 24
    April 8th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    aveeno tinted moisturizer……. love it!!! <3 <3

  25. 25
    April 28th, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    My favorite waterproof liner is MAC’s waterproof gel liner. I have it in midnight blue and it is incredible. It only smudges when you want it to.

  26. 26
    May 8th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Any go-to eye brow pencils or tints that are waterproof??

  27. 27
    May 10th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thank you for your article! I purchased the China Doll foundation and the Stilla Stay All Day eyeliner and they both made it through 90 minutes of hot yoga!!!

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    May 20th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Revlon Photo Ready waterproof mascara never runs or smudges. I have long lashes that rest on the outer corner of my eyes even when I heat curl them, so I end up with smudge there everyday. The Photo Ready water proof is the only mascara that has not left me looking like I just had a crying jag (and held up through my own breakdowns) and has been my go to for 3 years. It adds volume and length.
    Aveeno tinted moisturizer does not hold up to swimming and will melt into your eyes during any activity or just wearing for about 8-10 hours.

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    June 13th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I tried the wet n’ wild h20 proof liquid eyeliner, and it was impossible to put on. The “wand” thing is just a stick, and doesn’t curve to your lash line at all. It’s super waterproof though. But I couldn’t get a straight line, so I never used it.

    Also does anyone know any brown stick eyeliners that are WATERPROOF? I’m looking for a good one that stays on..

  30. 30
    July 1st, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    i like water proof sunblock , which i think most important thing on beach. maskra and eyeshadow is secondary option specially when on Date

  31. 31
    July 6th, 2014 at 12:37 am

    What would you recommend for oily skin? My skin is VERY oily, it seems that no matter what I use in less than an hour my face is super shiny, I’m trying to find the right makeup, especially foundation, to use for the summer but I never know what will work best with my oily skin and what will just make it worse.

  32. 32
    July 8th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Lots of moisturizing products make me break out or itch. Thank GOD I found the Citrus Clear Control Moisturizer because I can use it liberally and my face feels instantly fresh! There is no waiting necessary. You can instantly apply your makeup after and it is 0% oily.

    I typically can not sleep in other moisturizers without waking up with little white heads (gross) and I can apply Citrus Clear morning and night after i wash my face. Even my toddler uses it in the winter on his little cheeks.

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    July 16th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Another really good waterproof eyeliner is the urban decay liquid eyeliner pen. Went to the beach on a trip it lasted all day between the pool, ocean, sunscreen, and the heat/sweating. Good waterproof mascara, Revlon Lash potion. helps volumes, gives length, AND helps your lashes grow. (I have very short thin lashes and extremely sensitive skin) To top it all off, before I apply ANY type of make up, Benefit stay flawless 15-hour primer is AMAZING. Again beach all day, makeup did NOT move at all. Friends were really impressed! hoped some of this helped!

  34. 34
    July 17th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I was born and raised in Florida, so, a trip to the beach could come at any moment… So if you had been at work, or at school, or a number of other activities, you might find yourself at some point in the day on your way to the beach….therefore, have (potentially) a face full of make up on! Plus, I’ve been getting ready to go do one thing, only to have the plans change midway through… But now I’ve already got make up on and no time to take it all back off… Those are the times when having waterproof makeup on is a bonus! :-)

  35. 35
    December 19th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    The people suggesting only sunscreen & no other makeup must have perfect skin & features. If you have acne, wearing makeup is a must – even if you’re at the beach. And if I don’t wear eye liner or mascara, my eyes look all beady & weird! I LOVE that Wet n Wild H2O proof. It doesn’t budge until you use cream makeup remover. Since I have oily skin, I use it every day. My favorite foundation for summer is the Estee Lauder Double Wear. I use it with the Mattify Cosmetics Ultra Powder to help stop the oiliness. The combo lasts for about 4 hours in high humidity before I need touch ups or oil blotter sheets. Unfortunately, going anywhere without foundation on is not an option for me.

  36. 36
    January 12th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I second that Sarah. For problem skin it is not an option to go barefaced. Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer is great. This is quite creamy but does the job of covering up blemishes. I have found powders and liquids to separate in the heat.

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