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23 Sweatproof Makeup Products That Will Withstand Just About Anything

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Have you ever spent hours crafting the perfect makeup look for a big summer outing, only for it to smudge and smear mere minutes after stepping out into the blazing heat (and not in a good way)? Talk about heartbreak. Pretty much all of us have experienced spending all that time on our makeup only for the elements to completely ruin it, but today we want to thank Mother Nature for testing our beauty limits. No really, we mean it; because this is a common experience, we now have access to life-saving sweatproof makeup that keeps our face looking fresh through anything (and we do mean anything).

We're hot on the heels of summer, which means we will be sweating... a lot. But we're not going to let that heat stop us from enjoying plenty of fun in the sun this season. Neither should you. From concealer to eyeliner to setting spray, we're sharing the very best sweatproof makeup to use during the summer. Keep reading to discover our favorite beauty products!

E.L.F. COSMETICS Power Grip Niacinamide Primer
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E.L.F. COSMETICS Power Grip Primer + 4% Niacinamide

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Best Supergrip Sweatproof Primer:

When they say Power Grip, they really mean it. This sticky gel-based Drugstore primer grips makeup for long-lasting wear, leaving you with a dewy, glowing finish. Infused with four percent niacinamide, it also helps to smooth and brighten your skin for a prepped and primed complexion before makeup.

SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Waterproof Liquid Liner in Liquid Coal
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SERAPHINE BOTANICALS Liquid Coal Waterproof Liquid Liner

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Best Foolproof and Sweatproof Liner:

Go ahead and let it all out with an ugly cry because this formula is not going to budge. Truly waterproof, stain-proof, and foolproof, this blacker-than-black liquid eyeliner allows you to easily line your eyes or create those glamorous feline flicks seamlessly without pulling at your skin.

ACE BEAUTÉ Seal It Makeup Setting Spray
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ACE BEAUTÉ Seal It Makeup Setting Spray

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Best Sweatproof Setting Spray:

Ready to seal the deal? This weightless setting spray is here to keep your look on lock from sunup to sundown. The refreshing formula won’t make you feel sticky, it just delivers a perfect finish that lasts all day.

TARTE™ Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer
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TARTE™ Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer

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Best Waterproof Shimmer Bronzer:

This multi-use waterproof bronzer gives a hint of shimmer that flatters a variety of skin tones, and fakes a post-vacay glow, even if you’ve been stuck inside an office all day. Bonus: Amazonian clay helps improve skin clarity, brighten, soothe, and fight signs of aging.

TARTE™ Quick Stick™ Waterproof Shadow & Liner in Rose Gold Luster / Brown
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TARTE™ Quick Stick™ Waterproof Shadow & Liner

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Best Waterproof Shadow & Liner Duo:

This gel liner glides on smoothly (no skipping or tugging!) and feels comfortable on the lids. Just one swipe and you’ve got rich color infused with skin-loving ingredients (hello Amazonian clay and vitamin E!) that won’t crease, transfer, or smudge.

BENEFIT COSMETICS Precisely, My Brow Pencil Waterproof Eyebrow Definer in 5 - Warm Black-Brown
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BENEFIT COSMETICS Precisely, My Brow Pencil Waterproof Eyebrow Definer in Warm Black-Brown

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Best Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil:

Get brows that stick with you through thick and thin, in water and on land, and through 12 hours of wear. With a twist-up precision tip that draws hair-like strokes and a spoolie end to blend it out, this waterproof pencil is all you need to create the elegant arches of your dreams.

COOLA Mineral SPF30 Sun Silk Crème
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COOLA Mineral SPF30 Sun Silk Crème

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Best Lightweight Sweatproof Sunscreen:

Before you apply any beauty product to your complexion (yes, even primer), you should always swipe on some SPF. Not only will it protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays, it will also serve as the best base for the rest of your makeup products. Our personal favorite is the COOLA Mineral SPF30 Sun Silk Crème. It's lightweight, plant-based, and shields your skin from a number of environmental factors (not just the sun). The oil-free formula also absorbs quickly, so your skin won't feel the least bit greasy.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer
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MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer

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Best Sweatproof Moisturizing Primer:

This primer's lightweight, water-rich formula works like a moisturizer on even the driest skin to ensure smoother makeup application. All that's needed is a quarter-sized amount to even out your complexion and plump your skin for makeup that looks amazing all day long. IPSY member devenbaez13 shared: "I am always concerned about keeping my face moisturized & sometimes when I am rushing to put make-up on I forget to apply face cream beforehand & I hate it. But not to worry with this primer, because it has all the moisturizing you could need for your face all in one with a primer! Complete life saver when I am rushing."

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Oil & Shine Control Primer
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SMASHBOX COSMETICS Oil & Shine Control Primer

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Best Sweatproof Mattifying Primer:

Those with oily skin know the struggle of trying to find a primer that doesn't make their complexion even greasier. Forget blotting papers! That's where SMASHBOX COSMETICS Oil & Shine Control Primer comes in to save the day. The weightless gel formula will keep your shiny skin looking matte throughout the day, even when you start to sweat. Even our member pinkib_ag6 agrees: "This is a great product. It goes on smooth and eliminates all oiliness and shine. It leaves the canvas of my face smooth and matted." But the benefits don't stop there. Witch hazel, salicylic acid, and zinc work to absorb oil and even prevent breakouts from popping up.

UNDONE BEAUTY Unfoundation Mattetint
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UNDONE BEAUTY Unfoundation Mattetint

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Best Sweatproof Foundation for Oily Skin:

When temperatures rise, so does skin’s oil production. This is especially the case for those with naturally oily skin. Luckily, this tea tree-infused formula will help keep excess oil at bay without looking cakey. "This is a great matte foundation, it's not overly drying. It has a great medium coverage and it does last all day. If you're looking for a new foundation, I would definitely give this a try,” IPSY member jmarsillett5 says about the product.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Luminous Foundation
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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Luminous Foundation

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Best Water-Resistant Foundation:

Not only will this full-coverage foundation stay on no matter how much you sweat, the waterproof formula allows you to wear it virtually anywhere this summer. Pool? Yep, it'll stay on. Beach? No waves will wash off your face. Neither sweat nor water will force this foundation to budge. And while it tends to offer more full coverage, the formula is incredibly lightweight. So much so that you won't even feel like you have anything on.

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer
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IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer

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Best Waterproof Concealer:

As far as concealers go, this one is the total package. It covers the darkest under-eye bags, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and won't sweat off during the humid summer heat. Not to mention, the formula promises to not crease, cake, or crack throughout the day. Of the almost 145,000 IPSY members who have tried this concealer, nearly all of them agree that the IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer cannot be beat.

CARGO Swimmables™ Water Resistant Bronzer
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CARGO Swimmables™ Water Resistant Bronzer

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Best Sweatproof Bronzer:

Bronzer is the ultimate makeup product for faking a summer glow. But when you sweat and the bronzer starts to drip down your face, it's not a good look. Opting for CARGO's Swimmables™ Water Resistant Bronzer can change all that. Blendable and easy to apply, this waterproof bronzer has plenty of staying power, so it won't budge even when you're at your sweatiest.

TARTE Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Party Dress
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TARTE™ Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

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Best Sweatproof Blush:

Amazonian clay is the star of this blush. This potent ingredient absorbs excess oil and shine on oily skin types, while moisturizing and hydrating dry skin types. And as the name suggests, it really is long-wearing. There's not a single thing that could flush those rosy cheeks of yours.

KVD VEGAN BEAUTY Lock-It Setting Powder in Translucent
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KVD BEAUTY Lock-It Setting Powder

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Best Sweatproof Setting Powder:

You know you need a trusty product to keep your full face in place during the scorching summer heat, but which one should you trust? KVD VEGAN BEAUTY's Lock-It Setting Powder is always the way to go. Even if you’re already using sweatproof products, applying this powder will boost their staying power. "Love the shade, and that my makeup seemed to stay all day, even in the heat and humidity," says IPSY reviewer mschubitzke.

BEAUTY FOR REAL SHADOW STX 24-7 Eyeshadow in Midnight Marathon
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BEAUTY FOR REAL SHADOW STX 24-7 Eyeshadow

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Best Smear-Proof Eyeshadow:

These eyeshadow sticks are the holy grail of sweatproof makeup products. IPSY member krystalkauffman23 raves, "I am in love with these eyeshadow sticks and this brand. I rarely use regular shadow now. These are quick and easy, can be for casual wear or a night out. I really can't say enough about these!" What really sells this beauty product is their pigment. Each stick comes in a shimmery shade that dazzles when applied to the eyelids. If you're hoping for a summer fling, you're sure to catch someone's eye with this pop of color on your lids.

DOUCCE Ultra Precision Eyeliner in Black
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DOUCCE Ultra Precision Eyeliner

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Best Sweatproof Eyeliner Pencil:

Long-wear eyeliners are sometimes hard to come by, so we felt like we struck gold when we found this one. This is one creamy formula that won't smear, smudge, or fade, and IPSY member belle2404 agrees: "Love the coverage, lasted my entire 12 hours at work!"

KALEIDO COSMETICS Obsidian Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
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KALEIDO COSMETICS Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

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Best Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner:

We used to go for more subtle eye looks in the summer, mainly because the heat was too much for our liquid eyeliner of choice to bear. But that's not the case anymore, now that we have this liquid liner in our makeup bags. Waterproof and smudgeproof, the quick-drying, long-lasting liquid formula delivers intense pigment in just one swipe. Reviewer fuzzybookworm13 notes: "Goes on gently and smoothly. Like the color for a simple wing or a bold line on top of a smoky eye look. Doesn't cause any itching or irritation for me. Very easy to apply. Doesn't transfer to the top lid like some eyeliners do, which is a big plus for me!" It's a plus for us too.

TOO FACED COSMETICS Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
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TOO FACED Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

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Best Waterproof Mascara:

Name a mascara better than this one. We'll wait. This formula has been lengthening our lashes for forever, and we just can't get enough of it. In the summer, we always switch to the waterproof version to keep our eye makeup on point through bonfires and backyard BBQs.

PIXI BEAUTY Brow Powder Trio
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PIXI BEAUTY Brow Powder Trio

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Best Sweatproof Eyebrow Powder:

No other eyebrow product stands the test of time quite like the PIXI BEAUTY Brow Powder Trio. Three unique shades allow for a customizable blend, so you'll have no problem finding a color tint that fits your brows and skin tone perfectly. Don't believe us? Take reviewer bleeep13's word for it: "Their brow trio is amazing! It’s not too dark because you have 3 shades to play with to achieve a natural look. It doesn’t smudge or spread a lot, sticks well on the brows for a lasting wear."

BITE BEAUTY Outburst Longwear Lip Stain in Strawberry Frozé
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BITE BEAUTY Outburst Longwear Lip Stain

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Best Sweatproof Lip Stain:

For a sweet pop of color on your pout, opt for this longwear lip stain by BITE BEAUTY. Formulated with sunflower seed wax, passionflower oil, and coconut oil, this lip product hydrates your lips while leaving behind a semi-matte finish and high-impact shine.

OFRA COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Versailles
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OFRA COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

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Best Sweatproof Liquid Lipstick:

Before we get into all the reasons why we love this particular liquid lipstick, we want to take a moment to express our admiration for OFRA COSMETICS. The cruelty-free brand focuses on creating hypoallergenic products for those with various skincare allergies, and we give them major props for looking out for all the sensitive skin types out there. OK, back to the liquid lipstick. This pigment-packed lip product delivers intense shades in a smear-proof formula, and while other transfer-proof lipsticks can leave your pout feeling dry, this liquid lipstick is incredibly moisturizing—making it pure lipstick magic.

COVER FX High Performance Setting Spray
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COVER FX High Performance Setting Spray

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Best Sweatproof Setting Spray:

This setting spray has kept our makeup in place through thick and thin. We can't even begin to imagine finishing our makeup routine without it, because it's that good. Alcohol-free and fragrance-free, the spray doesn't irritate our sensitive skin. Plus, fermented algae extract protects our complexion from a number of environmental factors. This spray is guaranteed to be your makeup essential if it isn’t already.

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Ashley Locke
Ashley is a Long Beach-based freelance writer who loves sharing beauty and skincare hacks with her fellow “lazy girls” out there. When she isn’t writing, you can find her crying while listening to The Maine or watching "The Office".
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Article Last Updated June 30, 2023 12:00 AM