The Water-Resistant Products You Need for a Sweat-Proof Summer

Jun 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Water-Resistant Beauty Products
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There are few beauty blunders worse than transferring face makeup onto someone’s shirt. And the chances of this happening only increase when the weather warms up. Over the next few months, you’re also bound to get caught in the rain without an umbrella or travel under a cloudless sky at least once or twice. For these reasons — among others — we should be arming ourselves with waterproof or lighter water-resistant beauty products.

Waterproof vs. water-resistant

The common misconception is that "waterproof" and "water-resistant" mean the same thing. But there’s actually a small but significant difference. Whereas waterproof products are completely impervious to water, water-resistant ones aren’t as thick and are only able to slightly ward off the penetration of water.

According to Glamsquad’s artistic director Kelli J. Bartlett, “Water-resistant products stand up against heat and humidity, but won’t keep your makeup intact if you jump in a pool, while waterproof products will withstand a pool dunking session.”

So, whether you wear one or the other really depends on personal preference; there isn’t a “better” choice. In both cases, Bartlett says that formaldehyde and parabens are commonly used ingredients you should steer clear of. Although they do a good job of blocking water, they can also clog the pores, leading to excess oil production and, eventually, breakouts. Instead, opt for products that contain a small amount of silicone and a larger amount of polymers. The latter is a fancy word for a long chain of molecules that forms a thick film around your beauty products, giving them long wearability.

Makeup remover & SPF

And since waterproof/water-resistant products are understandably stubborn to remove, Bartlett recommends removing makeup with an oil-based cleanser. They’re heavy-duty enough to dissolve makeup in just a few swipes without being super-harsh on the skin.

“Lancôme Bi-Facil is the best, as it is gentle and effective because of its dual-action formula,” she says.

And of course, sun protection, applied before and after your makeup, should be a priority. Right now, Bartlett is priming her skin with Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen and touching up with the brand’s Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist throughout the day.

Ahead are the latest and greatest options for head-to-toe transfer-proof protection in case you haven’t stocked up already.

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /12: Cover FX Power Play Foundation

Cover FX Power Play Foundation
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1/12 :Cover FX Power Play Foundation

2 /12: L'Oréal Voluminous X Fiber Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous X Fiber Mascara
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2/12 :L'Oréal Voluminous X Fiber Mascara

3 /12: Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel
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3/12 :Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

4 /12: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Limited-Edition 10-Year Anniversary Version

Kat Von D Limited-Edition 10-Year Anniversary Tattoo Liner
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4/12 :Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Limited-Edition 10-Year Anniversary Version

5 /12: Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara

Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara
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5/12 :Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara

6 /12: Pretty Vulgar Vixen Glimmer Holographic Liquid Eyeliner (Plus Shadow Topper)

Pretty Vulgar Vixen Glimmer Eyeliner & Shadow Topper
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6/12 :Pretty Vulgar Vixen Glimmer Holographic Liquid Eyeliner (Plus Shadow Topper)

7 /12: Sephora Glide Liner

Sephora Collection Glide Liner
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7/12 :Sephora Glide Liner

8 /12: Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder
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8/12 :Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder

9 /12: Glossier Lash Slick

Glossier Lash Slick
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9/12 :Glossier Lash Slick

10 /12: Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Foundation

Cargo Swimmables Longwear Liquid Foundation
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10/12 :Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Foundation

11 /12: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50
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11/12 :Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50

12 /12: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner With Micro Tip

Stila Micro Tip Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
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12/12 :Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner With Micro Tip