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The 8 Best Waterproof Makeup Products for Every Summer Situation


Whether you're hanging poolside or getting your sweat on, there are times when you may still want to rock a bit of makeup even when a little moisture is involved. In these situations, traditional makeup–the kind made to rinse off with water and cleanser–simply won't do. Instead, you'll want to look for waterproof formulas. These products are water-resistant and created specifically to stay put whenever liquid comes into play. No smearing or smudging here.

Whether you want to compile a totally waterproof makeup routine for the summer or you're just looking to make a few simple swaps, we've highlighted eight of the best waterproof beauty products available on IPSY below – all of which have already been vetted by Ipsters who received these products in past Glam Bags.

IL MAKIAGE Waterproof Lip Liner

IL MAKIAGE Waterproof Lip Liner in Vintage

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There's nothing worse than painting on a perfect lip only to have it ruined after one bite of food. This matte lip liner will create a long-lasting, neutral base. No need to worry about transferring or feathering throughout the day. Use it as a durable primer for less waterproof lip products or simply top it with a lip balm to create a lip moisturizer with a tinted base.

"The color lasted all day for me," writes one Ipster. "It was easy to use!"

SKONE COSMETICS Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner

SKONE COSMETICS Insanely Intense Mini Tattooed Eyeliner in Jet Black

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We love a smudgy eye pencil or kohl eyeliner, but only when the smudged makeup look is intentional. If you want to make sure your eyeliner stays locked in place all day long, opt for a liquid liner. Better yet, opt for a waterproof liquid eyeliner. Enter, this long lasting formula that stays so well it almost feels like it's tattooed on. Swipe this on before any water-based activities or give it a try if you have watery eyes that tend to make eye makeup run.

"[This is a] very good eyeliner," writes one Ipster. "I have naturally watery eyes, and this did not bleed or give me raccoon eyes like most eyeliners do."

TARTE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

TARTE™ Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess™

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Whether you want to give yourself a headstart on that beach glow or you simply want to keep your makeup looking pristine in the peak summer heat, this bronzer formula has your back. Made with pigmented Amazonian clay, this super blendable formula instantly boosts the warmth and radiance of the skin without leaving it looking patchy or streaky over time. Pro tip: In a pinch, try using a little bit of this bronzer as a water-resistant eyeshadow. 

"This is a nice blendable, buildable bronzer that is the perfect neutral shade for fair skin," one Ipster writes. "I like that it is not too pigmented at first and looks smooth on the skin. Overall, this is one of the better bronzers I have tried."

SUGAR COSMETICS Wingman Waterproof Eyeliner

SUGAR COSMETICS Wingman Waterproof Eyeliner in I'll Be Black

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Here's another waterproof liquid eyeliner that's likely to become a staple in your summer makeup bag. If you're a liquid liner newbie, this pen comes with a firm, felt tip that offers easy control and precision that's perfect for beginners. It's even touted as being "100 percent" waterproof. A cat eye in the pool? A subtle swipe before a Saturday hike? The opportunities are practically endless.

"I love this eyeliner, it really helped me work on clearer, more concise lines," one Ipster writes. "It is easy to apply and there was no smudging, even when I made a mistake. It was easy to remove without messing up other makeup already applied!"

EYEKO Beach Waterproof Mascara

EYEKO Beach Waterproof Mascara

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If you're going to commit to using just one waterproof makeup product this summer, make it mascara. This is the element of your makeup that's most likely to run whenever water comes into play. We've all seen what happens when you try to take a dip with multiple coats of mascara on. This volumizing and lengthening mascara can stand up to ocean waves or pool water without budging, smudging, or flaking. As an added bonus, it's also formulated with coconut oil to condition the lashes and SPF to keep the hairs protected from UV rays.

"One of the best mascara I’ve ever used," one Ipster writes. She adds that the secret to getting it off at the end of the day is to use an oil-free makeup remover.

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in 42.5 Warm Deep (W)

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Not only is this longwear concealer sweat-proof and smudge-proof, it also comes infused with coveted anti-aging technology. A melody of vitamins and minerals team up to create a super smooth and pigmented concealer that flawlessly covers up blemishes and dark spots while also diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. For an extremely locked-in look, try topping this concealer with a waterproof setting spray. 

Ipster sweetbonny says she loved it so much she used it all over her face (as opposed to just under the eyes). "Color shade was on point," she says. "Coverage was on point! It did not feel heavy or greasy. Long-lasting coverage! Love!"

L.O.C.K. COLOR LOCK IT Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner

L.O.C.K. COLOR LOCK IT Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Pearl Brown

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For those times when you don't want a liquid liner look, use this waterproof pencil. The results will be softer and more natural–perfect for those no makeup (ok, just a little bit of makeup) beach days. This pearly brown shade comes with a subtle bronze shimmer to complement your skin-kissed summer skin.

Ipster katetfortytwo says this subtle eyeliner gave her lids just the right amount of sparkle. "I really like how it looked overall. I think it could allow for some interesting looks."

HOLA NEON Velvet Liquid Lipstick

HOLA NEON Velvet Liquid Lipstick in DF

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If you're looking for something more dramatic than the neutral liner highlighted above, give this matte long-wearing lipstick a try. Swipe on the pigmented mauve-pink shade in the AM and then don't worry about reapplying again all day, even after you've had multiple meals and maybe even a happy hour cocktail. If it starts to feel dry at any point throughout the day, simply top it with a quick swipe of lip balm.

"This is my all-time favorite liquid lipstick," says ksmilez01. "The color is perfect and I can pair it with just about everything. The lipstick lasts for hours, even after eating it's still on."

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About the author
Cortney Clift
Cortney is a New York-based freelance writer who has written about beauty and wellness for more than six years. She was previously the senior writer and special projects editor at Brit + Co where she covered a wide range of news and lifestyle topics.
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Article Last Updated June 8, 2020 12:00 AM