The 411 On Waterproof Makeup

September 19, 2014

Although waterproof makeup is nothing new, it can diminish the number of touch-ups your makeup requires and can generally make it last longer. But how does waterproof makeup actually work? And is it limited to just mascara? Below you will find everything you need to know about waterproof makeup, and how best to apply it for amazing results.

How does it work?

In comparison to generic makeup which is mostly water-based, waterproof makeup is made of various oils which are hard to breakdown. The problem that most women have when using waterproof makeup, is that they’re so difficult to remove at the end of the day! This is because the oils within the makeup are less likely to smear, smudge and even transfer on your lids.

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The best waterproof makeup removers

One way to easily remove waterproof makeup from your face is by using a micellar water. These products are perfect for all skin types, don’t irritate sensitive skin and won’t cause any unwanted wrinkles or lines in comparison to facial wipes.

Other effective makeup removers include liquids which have a thick layer of oil at the top. An oil or silicone-based makeup remover is much more abrasive on the skin, and can often have you feeling oiler than before. Although if you do enjoy this method of removing your makeup, it is best to follow-up with a light facial cleanser to remove any excess product which could clog your pores.

Are there waterproof foundations?

The 411 On Waterproof Makeup

There are many drugstore and high-end foundations which are perfect if you’re living in a humid climate, heading to the pool or want a light coverage base at the beach. Tinted moisturisers, BB creams and lightweight foundations are the best since they won’t clog your pores and all have a decent amount of SPF included if you’re planning on staying out in the sun. Our three foundation picks include:

Maybelline Dream Finish BB Cream, $15.95

The 8 in 1 skin perfector keeps the face hydrated especially in the warmer weather which will only create oil around the dreaded t-zone. Apply sparingly onto the forehead, chin and cheeks to create a subtle glow which lasts for hours.

Napoleon Perdis China Doll Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $50

This long-wearing foundation is packed with essential vitamins to keep your skin looking healthy all day long. The self-setting formula means you can quickly apply it to your face without the need of an additional setting spray or powder which can sometimes cause dry patches.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF, $52

A brightening beauty balm which is lightweight on the skin, and can create a light to medium coverage. Available in 8 different shades, this BB cream can be applied with both a stippling brush, or even your fingers.

What do you think of waterproof makeup?

Image via Jamie Nelson

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