5 Sneaky (and Smart) Ways to Waterproof Your Makeup

Updated 08/23/19
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There's nothing worse than emerging from the pool, hands in your hair, looking fly—only to realize your pristine makeup has washed away, your mascara is down by your cheeks, and you're a raccoon. But fear no more! We've enlisted the help of our favorite celebrity makeup artists (and spilled a few secrets of our own) to make sure this is never your tragic fate. We're sure you would rather worry about the playlist or reapplying your favorite sunscreen than fixing your makeup. So whether you want to keep your brows in place, the blush on your cheeks, or your foundation smooth, we officially have you covered. It's all Baywatch and well-lit beach selfies from here on out. 

All Nighter Setting Powder
Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder $34
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"Everyone knows in order to help your foundation last longer you use a setting powder," says Adam Breuchaud, a celebrity makeup artist known for working with people like Kate Beckinsale and Hilary Duff. But did you know it also helps waterproof it as well? Apply your foundation with a Beautyblender ($20), and dust on your favorite setting powder on top. It'll keep your makeup set through a day at the beach, no problem. We like this one from Urban Decay, because it's made to be waterproof—and it's a known fact how amazing their All Nighter setting spray is.

Layer Your Eyeliner

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour $29
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Now that you've set your face, Breuchaud suggests using that technique to keep your eyeliner in place. "Use your usual black, brown, or navy eyeliner, and set it in place with a cream shadow in the same tone." Laura Mercer makes shadow sticks that are waterproof—they're great solo or layered for extra staying power.

Try a Tint

Baby love balm lip + cheek tint
Balmyard Beauty Baby Love Balm Lip + Cheek Tint $32
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Kristee Liu, who's worked with Cher (!!!) says, "One thing that makes us look fresh and youthful is a good blush! Sometimes it fades or smudges when you're out and about at the beach or by the pool. Try a cheek stain instead. It basically stains (tints) your cheeks so the color lasts until you take your makeup off. You can also apply another blush on top if you want to bump up the color." Balmyard Beauty are all about the tropics, so you can bet their stain will stay on in the toughest of weather conditions.

Seal it In

aqua seal
Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal $21
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You can use this for anything. Coat your eyeliner, lipstick, brow color, shadows, and blush with this quick-drying, smudge proof liquid for completely water-safe wear. It's basically a miracle. Just apply a few drops in a small bowl and dip your brush before continuing with your usual makeup routine. Make sure to wash your brush afterward.

Wax It On

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer $21
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Designed to keep your brows in place, this waxy primer also keeps water at bay if applied on top of your favorite powder or pencil.

Go for Gel

Fresh Lotus Eye Gel $48
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Liu recommends, “To prepare the skin around the eyes, skip the heavy eye cream and try a lightweight gel instead. Gel is moisturizing but not oily and is absorbed more easily and quickly by your skin, so you won’t have to worry about it washing off.” Fresh has a great option that blends lotus flower extract to fight wrinkles with soft orange extract and ginko biloba to reduce puffiness.

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