Waterproof Makeup: The Best Summer Makeup and Makeup for Oily Skin

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For women with oily skin, the task of obtaining long lasting makeup during hot, humid summer months can be quite daunting! The answer? Find waterproof makeup and oil absorbing makeup. Here is a list of the best waterproof makeup and makeup for oily skin that will allow your summer makeup to survive during sun-scorching weather.

Let’s start with primer. One of the most important steps before applying makeup is to use a primer as your base. Notice how celebrities always look like they have flawless skin? Primer plays a big role in this. It helps to absorb skin oils, allowing foundation to bond to your skin for longer wear. When oil seeps out of pores, it disintegrates your makeup, causing it to fade and streak. Using primer helps prevent this makeup melt-down.

Two of the best face primers for oily skin are: 1) Mattify Cosmetic’s Ultra Powder – Retails online for $12 and 2) Clarins Instant Smooth – At department stores for $28.

Apply primer after your toner and/or moisturizer has dried. Those with exceptionally oily skin will find it helpful to apply the Clarins Instant Smooth, and then the Mattify Ultra Powder. The combination of both will ensure that your makeup lasts for 8+ hours. Both products conceal and protect pores from foundation, while absorbing excess oil.

Next, you want to apply a waterproof foundation. Recently there have been quite a few companies to release waterproof products such as mascara, eyeliner and lipstick. The most difficult item to find is waterproof foundation. A few companies have taken a stab at it, but not quite gotten it right – resulting in runny, sticky foundation. A large percentage of the drug-store brands have failed, which is unfortunate because customers who need waterproof makeup are forced to spend big bucks on high end brands.

Two of the best waterproof foundations are: 1) Estee Lauder’s Maximum Cover Double Wear Foundation – Retails for about $30.00 at department stores and 2) Colortration’s Liquid Cover – Retails Online for about $39.00.

The Estee Lauder Max Cover Double Wear Foundation is waterproof, light weight and very simple to apply. For the most precise application, use a wedge cosmetic sponge. This foundation is so easily blended, that even when applied with your finger tips, it still looks flawless. Those of you with acne blemishes, large pores, scarring, freckling, and hyper-pigmentation will adore this makeup. It covers any imperfections, and in most cases concealer is not needed.

*It is important to not confuse this MAX COVER Double Wear with Estee Lauder’s regular Double Wear foundation. When going to the cosmetic counter, make sure to ask for Max Cover. The ordinary Double Wear is not as long lasting, and is only slightly water resistant. It has a slightly slick feel on the skin, and does not function as well on oily skin as the Max Cover variety.

The Colortration Foundation is a bit more heavy-duty and longer lasting. This is suggested if you will be swimming all day, or braving very hot humid elements. The only down-side to this makeup is that you must order online, it is not carried in stores, which makes color selection tricky. The good part is the company offers a trial pack of vials for 17.00 that includes six shades of your choice. The makeup is so concentrated that these vials alone will probably last you the entire summer, unless you need to waterproof yourself every day.

To apply Colortration, you must have a bit of patience, since the color dries so quickly. Blending is a bit easier when an oil-free, aloe vera moisturizer is applied first, and allowed to dry for a couple of minutes. Use one pump of Colortration and work a very small amount over the face, one section at a time. You must remember to blend quickly once it comes in contact with your skin! Blend downwards with fingertips or a cosmetic sponge in short, whispy motions. It is more cost effective to use your fingers to blend, so you won’t be wasting product when it absorbs into the sponge. The product will dry to a very matte finish that will not rub off. Colortration will stay on your skin despite water, oil, sweat & tears for about 10 hours. To remove, use an exfoliating or foaming cleanser and rub in circular motions. Although this item is very pricy, a little goes a long way and the fact that it stays put all day long is priceless!

To put the finishing touches on your foundation, use an oil absorbing setting powder. This will set your foundation, assist in oil control and allow for an air-brushed finish.

Two of the best powders for oily skin are: 1) Mattify Cosmetic’s Ultra Powder and 2) Coty Air-Spun Powder.

These are both loose powders that work best when applied with a brush. The Mattify Ultra Powder should be used after foundation/blush/bronzer have been applied to set the makeup. This specific powder is an oily-skinned girl’s best friend, and will soak up oil for hours to prevent it from ruining your look. Re-touches can be done with the Mattify Ultra through the day, and since it is 100% transparent, it doesn’t leave any cakey colored residue – even after multiple touchups. The Coty Air Spun Powder can be used alone, or after the Mattify Ultra powder. This powder is mostly translucent with a slightly peachy tone, so it’s good for brightening up your overall look.

Now that we’ve looked at foundations, it’s time to discuss other waterproof makeup to complete your look: Waterproof Eye Liner, Blush, Mascara & Lipstick. Those with oily skin should always choose waterproof cosmetics, as they are more resistant to oil than regular makeup. Non-waterproof varieties only last for a couple of hours when they come into contact with skin oil.

Luckily, quite a few waterproof eyeliners have hit the market lately.
Two of the best waterproof eye liners are: 1) Mark Cosmetics Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner 2) Styli-Style 24 Hour Liners. The Mark liner is a liquid that goes on smooth using a very skinny brush which can be used to create a thin line or turned at a 45 degree angle to create a wider line. This formula stays on all day and doesn’t streak when it comes into contact with water. The same goes for the Styli-Style liquid liner, the best of which is in the form of a felt-tip pen. It is very easy to apply and doesn’t budge until you wash your face.

As far as I am aware, only one water resistant blush exists: Illuminaire Ultimate All Day Blush. It lasts as long as the foundation because it seems to bind with the makeup, especially when set with a face powder such as the Mattify Ultra. Apply a very small amount of this crème blush with your fingertips, on the apples of cheeks, and blend outward towards hairline. The color melts onto your skin, and once it dries, provides a long lasting tint.

Waterproof mascara is the easiest item to find of all the products in this article. Almost every drugstore and high-end company has come out with a waterproof formula, and most of them are up to the task.

Two of the best waterproof mascaras are: 1) Cover Girl Lash Blast and 2) Maybelline Volum Express.

The two fore mentioned waterproof mascaras do not clump, crumble, or smear when exposed to high temperatures or water. When it comes to mascara, it is not necessary to purchase a high-end expensive brand. Almost all waterproof formulas are close to identical, and will provide long & lush lashes. Choosing a waterproof variety will allow lashes to hold their curl all day, and look fresh from morning to night.

Steer clear of mascaras marketed as “waterproof tube mascara”. One of the worst is Clinique Lash Power. This particular product claims to be water resistant but it flakes off when exposed to high temperatures or when touched, leaving little tubes of crumbled mascara everywhere.

Waterproof Lipstick is another easy find – there are now several on the market that provide all-day waterproof, food-proof wear. If you want to go with a less expensive brand, try Cover Girl Outlast or Maybelline Superstay Lipstick. These come in a wide variety of colors and stay put for at least 6 hours. If you prefer a department store brand, go for MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor. It has a super-glossy, non sticky top coat and stays put for about 8 hours.

After all of your cosmetics have been applied (foundation, blush, powder, eyeliner, lipstick) spray your entire face with a makeup setting spray. This forms a protective layer over your makeup to further assist in water resistance and oil buildup.

Two of the best makeup setting sprays are 1) Model in a Bottle – Online for $18 and 2) Urban Decay All Nighter – Sephora or Ulta for $18.
When misted over your makeup, these essentially “seal” the cosmetics while still allowing your skin to breathe. Either one of these sprays will allow cosmetics to be more water, heat and oil resistant.

At the end of your day or night, it’s important to remove all of this waterproof makeup so it does not clog pores or cause eye irritation. One of the best makeup removers for waterproof cosmetics is Cover Girl Clean Makeup Remover, which only costs about $5 at drugstores. There’s no need to spend a lot on fancy makeup remover, this one is a gentle creamy formula that removes even the most stubborn lipsticks, liners and mascaras.

So there you have it, an A-List of waterproof makeup and makeup for oily skin. These can all be found either online, at drugstores, on Ebay, or at department stores. Here’s to a beautiful summer, with smudge free makeup!

Some additional tips for long lasting makeup:

DON’T use heavy, thick moisturizer before application.
DON’T rub face with a towel when you’re drying off (blot instead)
DON’T pile on heavy colored powders to absorb moisture – you’ll have a cakey mess!
DON’T apply waterproof lipstick after applying moisturizer or chapstick. The color will not stick. Instead, apply to clean, dry lips.

DO use a very light oil-free moisturizer, or aloe gel, if you feel the need to moisturize.
DO gently blot water or sweat from your face so you don’t disturb or smear your makeup.
DO use oil blotting papers to absorb excess oil or sweat without disturbing makeup.
DO use a translucent oil absorbing powder (after blotting excess moisture) to re-mattify your face.
DO carry makeup-removing cloths in case you need to remove old foundation & apply new.
DO carry your foundation with you, in case you’re in need of spot-touchups.

These products will help you have maximum fun in the sun and water this spring & summer – without having to stop for a minute to think about your makeup!

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