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Beat the Heat — Water Resistant Makeup

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area — Oakland to be exact.  I guess we are just spoiled when it comes to weather.  Recently our temperatures have reached nearly 100° and the complaint level is has too.  For us, anything over 75° is unbearable.  So like any respectable woman, I found myself at the air-conditioned mall.  But in the meantime — getting from house to car, waiting for car to cool off, car to store– my face felt like it was going to melt off.  And I didn’t have a stitch of makeup on.  That got me to thinking; if I go out tonight, I need melt-proof makeup.  So with that in mind, here are my top 5 picks for long-wearing, water-resistant makeup that should glam you up and keep your looking hot throughout the night.  Pool side, at the club or accepting your Oscar, there is always an occasion for wearing water-resistant makeup.

Halle Berry March 24, 2002  Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Halle Berry March 24, 2002 Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

1.  FACE

Cover FX Skin Tint FS

Cover FX Skin Tint FS

It’s summer, let your skin show.  I am always preaching double duty products, in particular tinted moisturizer.  I am happy to add another tinted moisturizer to my must-have list.  Cover FX Skin Tint FX Moisturizing Treatment & Tint SPF 30A light, silky tinted moisturizer with SPF 30. $42

What it is formulated to do:
Achieve a healthy and natural looking sunkissed glow with SkinTint FX – Treatment & Tinted Moisturizer. Enhance your natural skintone with warm shades that are highlighted with pearlized minerals.
The oil-free, paraben-free, and water resistant formula was designed to be long wearing and moisturizing to the skin. SkinTint FX – Treatment & Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 contains skin repairing ingredients and anti-aging skin firming and anti-wrinkle technology.




 Try a cheek tint to give for a natural looking blush that has holding power.  Benetint is hands down the best cheek stain on the market.  It’s been around for years and continues to rack up acclaim.  Be sure to use after appplying your moisturizer,  as the product is a but hard to manipulate until you are accustomed to the consistency.  The good news is that you acheive a very sexy natural flush.  For added glow, top with a bit of bronzer.  I love Cargo water-proof bronzer.  Both products retail for $28.

Physicians Formula Baked Shadows

Physicians Formula Baked Shadows


Get your smokey allure on with a baked shadows from Physicians Forumula.  I can’t say enough good about this line.  Even though its sold in drugstores, it has the quality of prestige color cosmetics.  The Baked Collection Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Baked Smokes is a steal at $7.95.  Made in Italy by the exact same process at bakedshadows that sell at 3-4 times the price, you are getting major beauty bling for your buck.  Use these wet for more intensity and for added staying power.  Thebaked collection in Gingersnaps is gorgeous if you are doing a bronzey look with your makeup.  On my lust list are Bobbi Brown’s new Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow.  $22


There are a gazillion options out there when it comes to eyeliner.  From liquid to pencil, you really can’t go wrong.  I happen to love Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils which come in a plethora of colors and they DO NOT BUDGE!  You can even line the inner rim of your eye with these perfect pencils.  $17.  For liquid/gel liners, I have to go to Smashbox Jet Set liners.  Waterproof, smudge-proof eye liner that truly stays put.  $22 and plenty of colors from which to choose.  Be sure to top with several layers of your favorite waterproof mascara.  I’m a L’Oreal fan, so Voluminous  is my mascara of choice.  $7.99

Laura Geller Lip Stay

Laura Geller Lip Stay

5.  LIPS

 For lip drama, I love NARS Lip Stain Gloss.  $24  The colors are intense and last and last.  No hint of lipstick residue on your wine glass, just gorgeous lips.  Daredevil is a deep red; the perfect accompaniment to a classic makeup look.  For subtle color that won’t budge, check out Laura Geller Lip Stay.  $14.50  These are my go to long-wear lip color for brides and clients who want a soft long last color for day.  NOTE: This lip stain comes with a gloss on the opposite side.  You have to wait at least a minute before applying the gloss.   If you get Benetint for your cheeks, guess what?  It doubles as a lipstain as well.  Just top with your favorite gloss.


 So when the heat is hard to beat, try my top 5 picks for long wear makeup.  Pool side, at the club or for a long day at work, you will have makeup that lasts until you take it off!

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One Response to Beat the Heat — Water Resistant Makeup

  1. ali phillip April 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    hi thanks for all the info you have posted on your site, love it. my prolem is that i have dark marks or hyper pigmented spots on my legs and i would like to camouflage them for the summer how can i acheive a natural looking cover using make up and bronzers

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