There’s no doubt about it: the wavering weather patterns are over, and now it’s smooth sailing through months of unstoppable heat. Well, maybe “smooth” isn’t exactly the right word, at least when it comes to our makeup. This time of year, insane sunshine equals sweat equals cake-y foundation, running eye makeup and faded lipstick. Thankfully, I’m starting to finally feel like we live in the future – beauty brands are seriously KILLING it in terms of water and sweat proof products. I’ve tried out all of the ones here, and feel 100% confident backing their ability to keep you gorgeous during each and every cannonball and sweat avalanche.
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer
This concealer is so good that I say skip foundation on the hottest days and just apply this on problem areas and under the eyes. It’s said to stay for an unbelievable 12 hours, and won’t do that obnoxious thing where it mixes with sweat and pools in lines under the eyes. In conclusion, you should probably buy this year-round, but it’s especially valuable in the summer.
NYX Rouge Cream Blush
In all honesty, the vast majority of the NYX line is pretty damn good at staying put, especially when you consider how cheap it is, but this blush is especially so. It’s easy to apply and blends well, and as it’s a cream formula, will absorb into the skin rather than sitting on top of it. What does this mean for you? You’ll still look radiant after a long day in the sun.
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is one of my Holy Grail beauty products, hands down. Without even using an eyeshadow primer, this stuff seriously LASTS, no creases, no fading. And bonus points for the massive amount of colors to choose from! My favorite? Bold Gold.
Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
Think of all the obnoxious things about wearing mascara in the water or in sweltering weather. We’re talking crunchy lashes and flaking, not to mention raccoon eyes. I kid you not, this mascara solves it all. I dare you to don it in the pool – step out and your lashes will be just as thick and bold as before, and even super soft. Run, don’t walk, to pick some up.
Lime Crime Velvetines
I’m Kate Foster, and I’m a Velvetine addict. Seriously, this stuff comes in six shades now, and I have every single stashed in my purse for a touchup at a moment’s notice. It applies easily like a gloss, but dries to a perfect, gorgeous matte in just a few seconds. Do all the smooching and munching that you desire, because this stuff’s not going anywhere.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal
Kate Foster is a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated titles: writer. Blogger. Beauty and fashion junkie. Cat devotee. Art history buff. Harry Potter nerd. Cheesy 90's television fan. Sometimes-gamer. Seasonal sculptor. Mostly she’s a music enthusiast. While her heart and soul belong to 50's and 60's crooners like Etta James, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, one shouldn’t be surprised to find her listening to Lady Gaga or Jay-Z. Most days, though, she’s in an indie-punk mood somewhere in between - she counts the Pixies, the White Stripes, M83, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs as a few of her favorites. And while you’ll typically see her bobbing her head calmly at concerts, occasionally she pulls out all the stops for bands like the Black Lips. She treasures her bruises like a child. After graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in Journalism and Art History, Kate aspires to move to New York City. There, she hopes to continue to write. She also plans on pretending to understand the art at MoMA and stuffing her face with cronuts and one dollar pizza. Kate’s heroes range from Oscar de la Renta and Mindy Kaling to Ernest Hemingway and Rupert Giles. She practically inhales iced coffee on a daily basis. Her favorite color is yellow, and like Buddy the Elf, she considers candy a major food group. She has dreams almost every night involving the coolest architecture and interior design, and has no idea what it means. Seriously, what does that mean?!