Keep your game face ON – the best of waterproof makeup

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A few pieces of water-proof make-up are a staple for any make-up bag. Whether you’re heading to a festival and want something that can endure the elements, hitting the beach, weeping at weddings or just getting downright sweaty on your daily commute every morning, it’s reassuring to know that even though you might feel like you’ve just done ten rounds, your make-up has stayed put. Looking fresh as a daisy whilst feeling far from it is one of life’s great beauty challenges (that’s right, life does have ‘great beauty challenges’, of course I’m not being melodramatic), and here are a few weather/tear/sweat proof products that come with a badge of Mabel recommendation. Some of these I’ve road-tested and can vouch for, others remain firmly on my ‘lust-list’ for their brilliant reputation.

A lot of decent products like this can be fairly expensive, but you’re likely not to need it all. I’ve tried to cover all bases as maybe a sticky wedding or work function might demand a full face that isn’t going to slide off, but on a hot sunny day out you might just want to go with a decent water-proof mascara and a good SPF (I like Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor SPF 25 Facial Moisturising Lotion, £12) – summer is definitely the time to be embracing the natural look!


Clinique’s water resistant, Super Balanced Makeup hydrates dry patches while also keeping T-zone shine at bay so you can look matt and blemish-free all day long. The anti-oxidant rich liquid also supposedly helps to minimise fine lines which, lets face it, we’re always thankful for.

Clinique Super Balanced Makeup, £21.50. 


Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics is a waterproof liquid blusher that also doubles as a lip tint. YES. Simply brush a little of the fluid on your cheekbones and rub it in until you’re looking positively peachy (though be warned – a little goes a long way!)

Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics, £24.50


You can use Shu Uemura’s Liquid Eyeliner Pen to create any eye-liner look you like. From fine lines to bold strokes, it is both water and smudge-proof and glides on really easily. The cartridges are also refillable, so you can stock up before jetting off if you’re going on your happy hols!

Shu Uemura Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black, £11.50. 


Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara is truly waterproof without drying out, smudging or clumping, this product is ACE. Best for the natural look rather than if you want big spidery lashes.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara, £16


Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick does exactly what it says on the tin. It comes in a variety of bright tones and has a bold matte finish for a perfect wow pout. It feels nice and light and stays put, even after eating and drinking.

Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick, £15.