The best waterproof makeup for a holiday

The best waterproof makeup for a holiday

Generally, we wouldn’t recommend applying your full face of makeup on holiday, and especially if you’re heading in the water. But certain skin conditions can leave us feeling less than confident to go bare to the beach; let’s face it, we’ve all had that unwelcome zit. While we want you to embrace your natural beauty, we know that sometimes waterproof makeup is a necessity, which is why we have selected the best formulas that don’t clog your pores and won’t leave you with panda eyes.

Waterproof makeup for the eyes

This isn’t strictly related to your holiday; let’s face it, we all need waterproof mascara in the summer months when the temperature heats up and makeup starts to melt. Here are our favourite water-resistant formulas.

Waterproof mascara

  • Best for sensitive eyes: If you suffer from an allergic reaction when makeup goes near your eyes, you will love the Eyeko Yoga Waterproof Mascara. Made with botanical extracts like matcha, strawberry, blueberry and blackberry, the gentle formula adds length and definition without irritation.
  • Best for serious swimmers: Urban Decay’s Cannonball Mascara was rigorously tested in the ocean and in gym conditions before being brought to market. It’s long-wearing formula delivers maximum impact with minimum fallout or smudging.
  • Best for the beach club: If you absolutely don’t want to compromise on the look of your lashes for that beach club party, you will love the NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara. Like its name suggests, it gives a bright-eyed look with doll-like length lashes.

Waterproof eye liner

  • Best pencil liner: The Chantecaille 24 Hour Waterproof Eye Liner does exactly what it says on the pencil and lasts all day and night. It comes in 3 colours depending on the look you want to go for, but we love shade “Storm” for the summer months.
  • Best liquid liner: With it’s tiny nibbed-tip, the MAC Liquidlast Liner is a great waterproof option for those who love liquid liner. Its thin tip means you can perfect your eye look with minimal correction, and it dries almost instantly with its transfer-resistant formula.
  • Best waxy liner: Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Waterproof Liner is ideal for those who prefer a waxy formulation in their liner. It’s resistant to tears, water, humidity and sweat, meaning your cat-eye stays looking as fierce at the end of the day as when you first applied it. No more winging it.

Waterproof makeup for the face

The best waterproof makeup for the face is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t block your pores), lasts all-day, and doesn’t cake or smudge as you go in and out of the water. Not an easy task by all imagination, but there are a few formulas which stand up to the test…

Waterproof foundation

  • Best for lightweight coverage: Bobbi Brown’s newest foundation, the Skin Long-Wear Weightless, can be sheered out for a really natural finish to summer skin. Non-acnegenic and free from nasties like sulphates and parabens, it contains marine sugar cane and natural mineral powders to mattify the complexion.
  • Best for oily skin: If you have combination or blemish-prone skin, you will love MAC’s Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation. Oil-free and non-acnegenic, it is sweat, humidity and transfer-resistant, as well as being waterproof. It also comes in a great selection of shades suited to neutral, yellow and pink undertones.
  • Best for severe redness and acne: Everyone knows that Estée Lauder’s Double Wear collection is perfect for covering up any marks and pigmentation, but their Maximum Coverage Camouflage Makeup is great for anyone with severe redness and acne. It has 12-hour wear and 30% pigment, making it their most covering formula to date.

Waterproof concealer

  • Best for blemishes and dark circles: The bareMinerals Barepro 16-Hour Concealer Cream Stick was recently featured as one of Fleur de Force’s favourite new in beauty products. It contains raspberry and blackcurrant seed oils to nourish while unique Mineral Lock Wear Technology ensures it doesn’t budge throughout the day.
  • Best for pigmentation: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Concealer is made with light-diffusing pigments and polymers to blur the appearance of any discolouration and pigmentation, even working on the most stubborn of dark circles. Because it’s also in an easy to use tube, it’s great for packing with you to the beach for touch-ups if you need any.
  • Best for redness: You only need a little amount of Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer to be able to effectively conceal any redness on the skin. The formula can be mixed with your favourite lightweight conceal to make it more robust and waterproof, and because it’s enriched with jojoba oil and honey, it never feels dry on the skin.

Waterproof brows

  • The best pomade: Brow pomades are gaining momentum in popularity, but our favourite has to be the NYX Professional Makeup Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade. It’s smudge-proof and waterproof and helps to create that “perfect” brow.
  • The best brow pencil: benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil is super easy to use (hence its name) and helps to give a gorgeous definition to the brows which can be built up from a natural to a stronger look. It’s both waterproof and long-lasting: 12 hours to be exact.
  • The best brow gel: MAC’s Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set helps to build natural shape and give the brows definition. It lasts for up to 8 bours without smudging or flaking, and will give you perfect brows no matter how many times you dip in and out of the water.



Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!