Waterproof Makeup For A Rainy Day

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There’s nothing like a bit of rain to ruin the makeup look you’ve put together! Whether you’re on a night out or it’s a day look you’re going for, a splash of rain can be a real pain.

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The real key to maintaining your makeup in bad weather is the products you choose. The most important things to consider are a good waterproof eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow pencil, as these will make the most mess of your makeup if they run. Jet black tears streaming down your face are never a great look (unless that’s what you’re going for).

As always, there are lots of price points to choose from – you can spend a little, or a lot to find your perfect waterproof essentials.

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Runny, smudgy or flaky mascara just looks awful. It’s probably top of the list to get right.

A great waterproof mascara is also really handy in hot weather too, say if it’s getting a bit humid or if you’re lounging poolside.

It’s really worth considering making your everyday mascara waterproof.

Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, Very Black, 1 Tube
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Loved by beauty editors and celebs, Maybelline’s Great Lash Waterproof Mascara is a bargain and often priced around $6 each! The iconic pink tube frequently comes top in tests and is amazingly smudge resistant for the price. If you’re new to the world of waterproof mascaras, this is a great one to try.

COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara, Very Black, 1 Tube (0.44 oz), Hypoallergenic, 1 Count, (PACKAGING MAY VARY)
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Another really effective drug store favorite with a great price point is CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara.

If you want to go premium, most well-known beauty brands offer a waterproof option. Opt for a swish of Mac In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara, or Christian Dior Makeup Diorshow Mascara.

Christian Dior Makeup Diorshow Mascara Waterproof # 090 Black 11.5ml/0.38oz Buy on Amazon


Again most brands offer waterproof liquid eyeliners, eye pencils and felt tip eyeliners. Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen is pretty budge-proof and a total bargain at around $3.

essence | Waterproof Eyeliner Pen | 01 Black Buy on Amazon

If you’re a cat eye flick queen, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is awesome as it glides on and has real steadfast staying power.

stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - Micro Tip, Intense Black
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Eyebrow Gel

Brow wise, TattooStudio™ Waterproof Eyebrow Gel from Maybelline offers loads of shade options, is pretty budge-proof and smudge-proof.

Maybelline TattooStudio Waterproof Eyebrow Gel Makeup, Medium Brown, 0.23 fl. oz. Buy on Amazon

A beauty editor fave, Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color has a really easy to use felt tip so you can draw on fine, believable hairs in seconds. And once the hair-like lines are set, they won’t smudge no matter where your day takes you.

Check out more smudge-proof eyeliners!

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, Dark
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Liquid Bases

If you want to take your waterproof makeup to the next level, the next things to look at are base, lip, cheek and eye color. As a general rule, waterproof liquid bases, BB creams and tinted moisturizers have a better staying power than a powder-based product.

READ MORE: Tinted Moisturizer vs BB Cream

A powder blush is not an excellent choice for a rainy day. A cream blush is a way better option. Same with cream pencil highlighters and contouring pencils, they’ll last much much longer than powder versions.

RELATED: Cream to powder foundation

When it comes to eye shadow, technique and quality do count. You can get some highly pigmented cream eye colors and paying a little more for quality products does tend to pay off. Technique-wise, applying and blending with purpose-made brushes will help with staying power too.

Finally, you can even get waterproof lipstick too, but just a good lipstick with staying power that you’ve probably already got in your kit will do the job. If it can withstand eating and drinking, it’s gonna do OK in the rain!

Setting Spray

If you want even more staying power, you can also buy special setting sprays for that final touch.

But realistically, if you’re been caught in a downpour or you’ve been basking by the pool all day, a little touch up is probably going to be needed. A great compact and portable makeup carry case is your friend so you can do a little touch up when required.

So, if that rain just won’t go away, at least your makeup is here to stay!

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