The Best Waterproof Makeup That'll Withstand the Heat

Ok, I can admit it. I’ve been “that girl.” The one at the important business meeting with the eyeliner smeared nearly to her hairline. The one with concealer somehow dabbed on her otherwise pristine and pressed white blouse. I. Am. A. Messssssss, especially in the punishing heat of summer. Note to self: buy waterproof, sweat-proof makeup ASAP! These particular products are beloved by SwearBy’s community of much wiser makeup purchasers than me, and they’re currently all in my shopping cart. 

Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof Mascara

I don’t have super long lashes or super big eyes, but always have wanted to create the illusion without a ton of work and makeup,” says Lauren Anderson. “One glide of Better Than Sex mascara and I was amazed. I am constantly asked if I have false lashes, and complemented with how good they look, and it’s all thanks to this mascara.” Makeup artist Deidra O’Brien keeps it in her kit for her weepy bride and wedding guest clients. “Better Than Sex Mascara is a deserving beauty cult classic. Its waterproof sister has all the same benefits but won’t budge.” Bonus: it curls eyelashes to boot.

Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

Calling all Cleopatra-types: this waterproof eyeliner glides on easily, and has a built-in sharpener and smudger (for those come-hither smokey eye nights). Says Michelle Kuo, who has been using it for literally years as an essential part of her daily makeup routine? “I line my eyes in the morning and it lasts all day into the evening, until I take it off before going to bed, staying put for well over 12 hours.” And it will keep you in the black in more ways than one. “You get so much use out of this eyeliner for the price,” says Dominique Perez.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

With over 55 shades to choose from, you’ll very likely find your perfect match with this canvas-perfecting foundation. (Perk: it’s oil-free and oil-controlling.) Says Jade Arielle: “This foundation stays in place, lasts literally all day, and doesn’t smudge on your clothes if you brush against it. It becomes one with your skin so it literally looks as if you’re not wearing any foundation. It doesn’t collect in any wrinkle creases either. Best foundation!”

e.l.f.® Eye Primer & Liner Sealer

Okay, $3 for an eye primer sounds sketchy, and e.l.f. has often been hit-or-miss for me. But I LOVE this eye primer, especially for daily eye looks,” says law student Krisha Cabrera. “The primer is comfortable on my eyes and makes my eyeshadows *pop*.” Her trick: smudging it on her lids and blending it in with her fingers before dusting on her go-to eyeshadows. And yes, it can make any eyeshadow in your makeup bag waterproof. 

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

We weren’t going to include two eyeliners in this lineup, but the multiple raves (19 and counting!) over longtime cult classic Stila practically forced the issue. In short: this is their number 1 selling waterproof liquid eyeliner for a reason. “I’ve tried every eyeliner that exists and nothing works better than Stila’s felt tip Stay All Day Waterproof liner,” says Michal Kurtis, who admits to wearing a cat-eye since she was a pre-teen. “I’m pretty much on a replenishment program, I should invest in it!” But we think Helen Rosner may have put it best. “I can’t even count how many of these I’ve bought over the years. 50? 100? It’s the best goddamn eyeliner in the universe.”

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