10 Must-Have Products for Sweat-Proof, Waterproof Makeup

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Top Products to Help Your Makeup Stay Put

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Are you looking for makeup that will get you through hot, humid days, unexpected ​rainstorms, crying fits, allergy season? Are you tired of makeup transferring onto your clothes and pillowcases (although we know you’re not wearing makeup to bed)? Perhaps your significant doesn't love the idea of wearing your fire engine red lipstick on their lips or cheeks?

Here are ten great stay-put products to check out.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer. Photo: Smashbox

This lightweight oil-free primer has a great velvety texture and absorbs quickly to fill in lines and pores and even skin tone​ while helping to extend the wear of foundation. The paraben-free formula has vitamins A, C and E, grapeseed extract and green tea to provide antioxidant protection and add a luminous glow to the skin.

Get the Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer on Amazon.com

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Avon ExtraLasting Liquid Foundation

Avon Extra Lasting Liquid Foundation
Avon Extra Lasting Liquid Foundation. Courtesy of Avon.com

The ingredients in Avon’s Extra-Lasting Liquid Foundation SPF 12 provide a protective shield to protect from water, sweat, and humidity. The foundation is buildable and stands up to oil and shine without caking, though if you put too much on it can feel heavy. A little goes a long way. 

Get Avon Extra Lasting Liquid Foundation on Avon.com

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Josie Maran Lip and Cheek Stain

Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain
Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain. Courtesy of Amazon

Josie Maran Lip and Cheek Stain is easy to apply and long-lasting, though it does fade a bit after about four hours. It dries to a matte finish and can be worn alone or under clear gloss. This two-in-one marker comes in nine dance-inspired shades, like Flamenco (red), Jitter Bug (bright pink) and Tango (poppy coral).

I used Fox Trot, a deep berry wine. It looks nice as a lip stain, but as a cheek stain, I think it would be too bright. While you can build the lip stain from subtle to intense, it might dry too quickly on the cheeks and would not be easy to blend. It has a vegan formulation (no beeswax). It’s also free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance and phthalates and comes in a recyclable container.​

Get the Josie Maran Lip and Cheek Stain on Amazon.com

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Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. Photo: Smashbox

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer has a creamy application and can be used under eyeshadow to extend longevity. It also helps diminish the appearance of lines on the lids, corrects discolorations, and makes eyeshadow pigment pop, all without creasing. It contains plant-based hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits.

Get the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer on Amazon.com

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Make Up For Ever Waterproof Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream. Photo: Courtesy of QVC.com

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Aqua Cream is an ultra-pigmented; long-lasting waterproof cream that contains mother of pearl particles to provide rich color and a luminous finish. It’s definitely long lasting, and you actually don’t need a primer with this cream.

It’s available in several shades from soft neutrals to brighter tones. Some shades are formulated for use on the lips and cheeks, others are for eyes and cheeks. It's a great multi-use product that stays put even in hot and humid weather.

Get Make Up For Ever Waterproof Aqua Cream on Amazon.com

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Wet 'n Wild MegaLength Waterproof Mascara

Wet n Wild MegaLength Waterproof Mascara
Wet n Wild MegaLength Waterproof Mascara. Courtesy of Amazon

Who says you need to spend a lot of money for a good, waterproof mascara? MegaLength Waterproof Mascara works as well as an expensive brand. It lengthens lashes without clumping and flaking. A thin brush separates and defines lashes, and it has great staying power. Another plus--It didn’t transfer color onto the lenses of my eyeglasses.

Get the Wet 'n Wild MegaLength Waterproof Mascara on Amazon.com

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Wet 'n Wild H2O Proof Liquid Liner

Wet n Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner
Wet n Wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner. Courtesy of Amazon

Wet 'n Wild’s H2O Proof Liquid Liner is a bit watery upon application. But after it dries it is water-resistant and doesn’t smudge. I’m not crazy about the rather stiff felt tip application, which is meant for precision. I prefer a softer brush. The liner is available in Espresso, Ultra Black, Smoky, and Black Brown. 

Get the Wet 'n Wild H20 Proof Liquid Liner on Amazon.com

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Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousseli GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencil

GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencils. Photo: Xtreme Lashes by Jo Mousselli

Xtreme Lashes GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencil is waterproof and stays put after application. It does glide on easily without tugging just as the manufacturer says, but the pigment transferred to my lower lash line and dried quickly making it hard to correct. Once on, it does not smudge and lasts all day. It's also specially formulated to be compatible with eyelash extensions.

Get the Xtreme Lashes GlideLiner Long Lasting Eye Pencil on Amazon.com

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Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Moisture Gloss

Sally Hansen Forever Stay Moisture Gloss. Photo: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty

The best-selling Forever Stay Moisture Gloss is from the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty line that is inspired by celebrity makeup artist Carmindy. It contains kokum butter, grapefruit extract, vitamin A & E, and jojoba oil.

The company claims that it lasts six hours. Mine lasted four hours—it began to disappear while I was having dinner. It’s just as well. While I liked the grapefruit scent, it felt too sticky. I got the lip gloss in a goody bag at an unrelated event, so Pink Blush would not have been my choice. It is sheer so it gave my usual shade (brick red) sparkle and shine. There are nice shades that would go well with darker skin tones like Sun Bronze, Rose Satin, Brandy Wine, Cherry Crush, and Mochachino. 

Get the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Moisture Gloss on Amazon.com

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Mehron Barrier Spray

Mehron Barrier Spray. Photo: Mehron Makeup

Mehron Barrier Spray is a fixer and sealer used for the stage and for photo and video shoots to keep makeup from melting under hot lights. It can be used under makeup to stop sweat or over makeup to set it. It also insulates the skin from harsh ingredients, protects skin from allergic reactions to highly-pigmented makeup and makes eyeshadow pigments more intense. Makeup doesn’t transfer, smear or smudge.

To apply, hold the bottle eight inches away and lightly mist makeup. If you’re using cream makeup you need to use translucent powder over it before spraying. Be sure to close your eyes because it will sting. It also has an unpleasant, medicinal smell, probably from the alcohol—not my favorite ingredient in a product (too drying).

It also contains methylparaben (which kind of defeats the purpose of using any paraben-free makeup—at least it’s low on the ingredient list). The spray really does make the makeup waterproof and you’ll need a great makeup remover to get the makeup off without rubbing your face raw. 

Get the Mehron Barrier Spray on Amazon.com