Waterproof Makeup For Summer

Waterproof Makeup For Summer

What’s better than enjoying the hot summer weather? Enjoying the weather in style with your makeup on point, of course! However, when you’re splashing around the pool to cool down or your friends challenge you to a surprise water fight, your makeup may struggle to survive. Luckily, we know exactly what it takes to prepare your makeup for these moments so that you can focus on having fun! Use our simple tips to get your waterproof makeup look…

Best Waterproof Makeup Products

  1. Benefit the Porefessional Primer
  2. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
  3. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
  4. NIP+FAB Makeup Bronzer Palette
  5. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour
  6. Ardell Wanna Get Lucky Gel Eyeliner
  7. Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara
  8. NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray – Matte Finish/Long Lasting

Waterproof Makeup Tips

Step 1: Primer

The first step to keeping your makeup lookin’ flawless and staying in place is using a primer. The Benefit the Porefessional Primer not only primes your skin but also protects and perfects, meaning that this innovative product is perfect for the summer months! Once you’ve applied the primer and let the product completely absorb into the skin, it’s time to move onto the next step…

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Step 2: Foundation

For completely waterproof skin, use the ‘makeup base’ from the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation. This multi-tasking product can be used as a concealer and will expertly cover any signs of blemishes or imperfections. As it’s a vegan makeup brand and completely cruelty-free, this is the kinda waterproof makeup that’ll help you slay without any of the guilt

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Step 3: Finishing Powder

Seal in and time-proof your makeup with a finishing powder. The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder is perfect for setting your makeup in place and adding a lil waterproof touch.

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Step 4: Bronzer

Once you’ve perfected your base, bronze it up with the NIP+FAB Makeup Bronzer Palette. This waterproof bronzer is ideal for providing your skin with a warm, sun-kissed glow, with multiple shades perfect for creating a natural effect.

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Step 5: Eyebrow Makeup

There’s nothing worse than dipping in the pool and finding that your brows have smudged all over your face! To avoid this beauty disaster, make sure that you invest in a waterproof brow gel or powder. The gals here at HQhair love the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour for its ultra-pigmented formula that is transfer, smudge and waterproof… A must-have for the summer season!

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Step 6: Waterproof Eyeliner

To ensure that your winged liner stays sharp and smudge-free all day, use the Ardell Wanna Get Lucky Gel Eyeliner. This ultra-fine, waterproof eyeliner will ensure that you can apply your liner precisely and achieve high definition results. The smooth, high quality gel formula will ensure that the liner glides effortlessly across the eye to reduce the risk of any mishaps.

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Step 7: Waterproof Mascara

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you should have to compromise the length of your lashes, instead use a waterproof mascara like the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara. For the most dramatic results, wiggle the wand from side to side at the root of the lash and continue this motion all the way to the tip.

If the Eyeko mascara doesn’t quite take your fancy, you can find the best waterproof alternatives in our 5 best waterproof mascaras post. You’ll have a super long falsh lash effect which won’t leave dark smudges across your face.

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Step 8: Setting Spray

Now you’ve applied your makeup, give your face a quick spritz with a little bit of the NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray – Matte Finish/Long Lasting. This will also add some extra hydration so your skin doesn’t dry out. You’ll be sporting perfect makeup 24/7 and water won’t faze you, or your face!

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Don’t forget to use SPF along with your waterproof makeup look whilst out in the sun!




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