Best Waterproof Eye Makeup – Top 5 Picks

I don’t know about you, but in addition to it being summer, I am experiencing my personal summers as well.  That means I can break into a sweat at any given time.  It’s pretty embarassing, but I have learned to embrace my “dewy” look.  Hey, others pay serious bling to get that dewy look and all I have to do is have my hormones think about being 50 and there I go.

At any rate, I love that there are so many options for waterproof makeup for those of us who experience hot flashes.  These waterproof makeup options also work well for poolside, time at the beach, jet skiing, working it out at the club and just general pretty long-wear makeup.  Or, if you are a celebrity, keeping makeup fresh for hours during a long drawn-out awards ceremony is crucial.  I love how pretty Keri Hilson looked on the red carpet at the recent BET Awards.

Keri Hilson at 2009 BET Awards Getty Images

Keri Hilson at 2009 BET Awards Getty Images

I’d like to focus on eyes as that seems to be the area that most of us are concerned about when it comes to wearability.  Here are my top 5 picks:

1. Waterproof Eyebrows

I am an eyebrow fanatic.  It seems to be the first no second (teeth are first) thing that I notice about a person.  Prefect eyebrows insure that you have much less to do with your eye makeup in general.  They frame the face, give lift ( if shaped correctly) and  bring eyes to life.


Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector

A waterproof eyebrow defining cream in a tube. $19 Apply with a stiff angle brush.  Fills, defines, and intensifies brows with natural-looking, stay-put color.  The result remains flawless throughout the day and holds up under all conditions (water, heat, etc).

2. Waterproof  Eyeshadow

Creamy waterproof eyeshadow forumlas are wonderful.  If you have oily eyelids, or crepy eyelids or if your eyeshadow tends to fade, long-wearing waterproof formulas are for you. 


Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour  $22
Lush metallic color floats across the eye leaving a gorgeous, shimmering sheen. High metallic pearl. Waterproof, lightweight, and non-greasy. All of the colors are perfect for a sultry summer eye, but my favorites are Alloy and Burnished Copper.  With the easy-to-use cream formula, all you need are your fingers to create a beautiful summer eyeshadow look!

3.  Waterproof Eyeliner

Smashbox Jet Set Eyeliner

Smashbox Jet Set Eyeliner

I can’t imagine living without eyeliner, it’s a mainstay in my cosmetic wardrobe.  I am partial to changing my eyeliner colors up however.  I love black eyeliner, but I am not a fan of wearing black day-in day-out.  That’s why I LOVE Jet Set Eyeliner by Smashbox.  They offer several alternatives of color, like the purple pictured here and they are sweat-proof!


 Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner $22  Waterproof, smudge-proof eye liner. Line and define the eye with this gel-formula that glides over the lid without pulling or tugging. The quick-dry formula sets quickly and stays put all day.

Fellow makeup artist Nalo, who also is a columinist for, keeps Cinema Secrets Eye Liner Sealer in her kit.  Perfect if you have a favorite eyeliner, just layer this secret of the professionals right on top, and you have waterproof eyeliner!

4.  Waterproof Mascara

So everyone knows that I am a L’Oreal mascara freak, it’s cheap and it works, but I’m a little miffed with them right now.  That whole racism thing got under my skin, so for my budget waterproof mascara choice, I have to go to with Max Factor 2000 Calorie Aqua Lash Mascara in Rich Black.  Max Factor 2000 Calorie Aqua Lash Mascara is only $4.99  plus it volumizes along with being waterproof.

For Ka-ching bling mascara, I love tarte lights, camera, splashes Waterproof Mascara $18.  A friend and fellow makeup artist turned me on to this mascara and it truly does all that it says:

This waterproof 4-in-1 formula (lengthening, curling, volumizing and conditioning) gives you the bombshell lashes you love, and is guaranteed to stay put through rain, sweat or tears.

5.  Concealer

I am also a little obsessed when it comes to under eye circles.  When I put my concealer on, I want it to stay.  That’s why I use on myself and my clients Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer.   $30  If the price seems hefty, it’s not.  I tiny dot goes a very long way.  You have to try this!  I even mix it with moisturizer and create my own tinted moisturizer. 

An ultra long-lasting, matte finish, oil-free, waterproof, full coverage concealer.  Designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyperpigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. This light and creamy concealer contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put, making it perfect for use on the face, as well as the body.

Another great cncealer choice that’s green and double duty is by Cargo


Cargo blu_ray™ Concealer $28 A concealer and wrinkle eliminator in one pen applicator.

Created to provide picture-perfect results during high-definition filming, the blu_ray™ concealer offers the effects of a professional, water-resistant concealer, while adding the benefits of a wrinkle eliminator. This waterproof/weather-resistant, long-wearing concealer provides foundation-like coverage for select areas. The formula contains light-diffusing pigments to create a natural, fresh look, and Vilsilox™, a state of the art cosmetic alternative to Botox, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

There you have it, 5 steps to easy waterproof eye makeup.  I’m sure if you try these tips, you too will have blinging eye makeup for sweatproof, waterproof summer beauty.


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