The Best Waterproof Makeup

waterproof makeup

I know what you’re thinking- “Only high-maintenance girls wear makeup to the beach or pool”. But you’re wrong! While I usually go bare-faced when I’m laying on a beach chair in my backyard, there are times where I want a little flush of color on my cheeks or a swipe of mascara so I don’t look dead. Sue me.

Then there’s those occasions where you have to spend 12+ hours outside in the heat. Sweat and tears (or a mixture of both) happen frequently at summer outings and events, and most makeup doesn’t stand up to them. That’s where waterproof makeup comes into the picture. While I don’t believe in wearing a full face of makeup or false lashes to the beach, I do think it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a tinted moisturizer with SPF to cover your acne or apply a lip stain for a little color to impress the hot surfers on the beach. Am I right?

Here’s a no-fuss routine for nailing the waterproof beauty look.

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Waterproof Makeup for Your Face

If your complexion isn’t something to write home about, I can completely understand wanting to cover it up a little in public. Opt for a tinted moisturizer or CC cream with SPF (like Stila Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 or AeroMinerale Hydrating Mineral Foundation) to give your skin protection and coverage. This should cover up any major imperfections- if not, add a heavy-duty concealer to small spots only. The Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Concealer will cover up any blemish and is water-resistant.

We don’t all have a natural glow or tan, so adding a cream or liquid blush or bronzer gives the illusion of color. I love the Cargo Water Resistant Blush and Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer, which have staying power and come in a variety of summery shades.


waterproof eye makeup

Waterproof Makeup for Your Eyes

If you really must wear a fancy eyeshadow to the beach (no, I’m not judging you), choose a cream-based product, like the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream, which is available in every shade imaginable. Otherwise, just apply a long-lasting, waterproof formula mascara that won’t wash away after multiple swims. I love Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara, which is super affordable. Just remember that waterproof formulas are harder to remove, so stock some remover wipes in your beach bag.


waterproof lips

Waterproof Makeup for Your Lips

Lastly, skip anything that is too heavy and try a tinted balm or stain instead. Many have SPF added right in and are easy to carry with you in your bag. The best I’ve found (and super affordable) is Banana Boat Aloe Vera with Vitamin E Sunscreen Lip Balm. The Hourglass Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss offers shine, color and holds up to water. If you’re a lipstick lover through and through, check out the Aqualillies For Tarte Glamazon™ Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick, which is made specifically to hold up for 12 hours in and out of the water. This coral shade is a limited edition, so hurry and buy it now!


  1. Hey it’s hot here so you can only imagine what happen to my face after 3 hours outside. I’m all for a tinted moisturizer, mascara and lipstick. I don’t care what anyone thinks lol.

  2. I typically don’t wear makeup to the pool or beach, but when I need a little pick-me-up for tired eyes, I’ll put on waterproof mascara. No shame – sometimes it’s necessary!

  3. Great to know! I try not to wear makeup when going to the beach, but sometimes I can’t help but throw on a little mascara.

  4. This is so good to know! I usually try for at least a little mascara on the beach or by the pool. I cant stand my eyes without it.

  5. I’ve been looking for an aerosol foundation since Mac discontinued theirs a few years ago. You have answered my prayers! I need to get to Ulta!

  6. OH! yes, this is wonderful 🙂 You know for days like the 4th where you still want to look put together at the lake, pool or beach but are worried your friends might throw you in 😉 These are all great! And you’re right Rachel, I ALWAYS put on a bit of blush/bronzer and mascara when I went to Panama City Beach. Okay? It was spring break and the point is to look good. I would have looked dead without these things!

  7. The beach is actually the one place where I don’t wear any makeup! The only thing I put on my face is sunscreen 🙂

  8. Love that you did this post, as a blonde my eyelashes dont show without mascara. Have you tried you the maybeline mascara? Ive had a few bad experiences with “materproof” mascara and am always hestiant to trust it!

  9. I’m always worried about looking like a hot mess during the summer, so these picks will def come in handy!

  10. I usually go with really light makeup when heading to the beach. Waterproof mascara is a must for me. Thanks for sharing some great water resistant products, now I know there are some awesome choices out there!

  11. i love makeup forever’s products! i use their full coverage concealor for dark circles and even when swimming, it stays on!

  12. that kat von d concealer is SO good to know about! a waterproof pimple cover-up…perfect! ha!

  13. I need to try that kat von d concealer!! I wear makeup everywhere so this would be perfect for the pool!

  14. This is a very helpful/useful guide! I had no idea that there were so many types of water friendly make-up products besides mascara. I’m definitely going to have to check some of these products out!

  15. I so want to try that Hourglass lip gloss and that Cargo blush is a brilliant shade! And I love the regular Falsies formula, but always get nervous that the waterproof won’t be as wonderful!!! Great list! xoxoxo

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