Best-Waterproof-MakeupWaterproof makeup is hard to find, and that’s probably because there’s no reason why anyone should be wearing makeup to the pool or beach.

There are a lot more options these days, but some of them are pricey!

I suggest using waterproof makeup only when you really need it, and your usual makeup products for everyday wear. Waterproof eye makeup is an exception that I think is great for daily use…especially if you experience regular smudging!

There are plenty of other reasons you’ll need it, so here are some of the best waterproof makeup products that I’ve tried!

You might want to consider using waterproof makeup for:

  • Outdoor Events
  • Weddings/Special Occasions
  • Prom/Dances
  • Allergy Season
  • Long workdays

I don’t normally wear waterproof eye makeup because it’s so hard to remove! If your eyes get watery easily or you sweat often, then waterproof makeup is great for everyday use.

Best Waterproof Makeup


Great Lash Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline


Maybelline Waterproof Mascara

Great Lash was the first mascara that I ever used…probably because it’s my moms favorite!

I’ve never seen her use anything else, and she’s told me that she has no desire to try another mascara.

It’s affordable, it doesn’t clump, and her eyelashes always look fabulous!

If you use waterproof mascara…

You definitely need to have makeup remover towelettes or a good eye makeup remover and cotton rounds handy. It will not come off easily with water, and will probably make a huge mess around your eyes without something to properly remove it!

This mascara even made the list of top beauty products that changed the world! Read all about it here.

Available in the following shades:

*Great Lash regular mascara is available in additional shades!


  • Glides on Smoothly
  • Doubles lash size as it conditions
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Won’t clump


When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner by Julep

Julep has more than just nail polish! I got hooked on their makeup after becoming a Julep Maven.

They send me a monthly box with full-size beauty products and beauty tips! Sometimes I go on their website and customize my box, but if I forget then I’ll get some awesome surprises that month.

The eyeliner was included in one of my beauty boxes, and after I tried it I ordered it in 3 more shades!

When Pencil Met Gel comes in so many shades, there’s something perfect for everyone(and you might want more than one)! I have this eyeliner in Olive, Deep Raisin, Indigo, and Graphite Shimmer.

Available in the following shades:


  • Glides on smoothly
  • No dragging or pulling
  • Rich, intense color
  • Sets in 30 seconds
  • 10+ hours of wear
  • Clinically proven!


‘Round the Clock Intense Cream Glide Eyeliner by Bare Minerals


Bare Minerals Waterproof Eyeliner

I’ve been using Bare Minerals for about 7 years. They no longer carry my favorite shade of eyeliner(Charbronze), so when I asked about it at the outlet the store associate gave me a complimentary waterproof eyeliner to try! She considered it my “birthday” gift because I hadn’t been in the store since October(so if you go in mention your birthday).

I switch it up with eyeliners from day-to-day, so I used this several times before I realized that it’s waterproof. It always looks great and it doesn’t budge so I just didn’t think about it.

A lot of makeup is waterproof these days, where it used to be obviously labeled and you knew that you were buying it. So…check your makeup bag before you buy new products! You never know, you might have some great waterproof products already!

Available in the following shades:

  • Midnight- Black
  • 1:00 am- Black Pearl*
  • 4:00 am- Aqua*
  • 5:00 am- Metallic Champagne*
  • 10:00 am- Sage*
  • 1:00 pm- Marine
  • 3:00 pm- Bronze*
  • 4:00 pm- Eggplant
  • 6:00 pm- Violet*
  • 8:00 pm- Black/Brown

*Denotes eyeliner shades that are only available online.


  • High-intensity color with effortless glide
  • Perfect for waterline use & tight-lining
  • No smudging & budging
  • Includes specially designed sharpener
  • Waterproof!

*It’s suggested that you sharpen this eyeliner before each use. Don’t let your eyeliner get worn down too far…it won’t be easy to apply. Also, waiting to sharpen your eyeliner will make it harder when you do sharpen(sometimes breaks off before getting a decent tip again).



A great way to try Bare Minerals products is to buy a kit rather than just one product.

They have a kit for every need and every skin tone/eye color so it’s easy to find one that you’ll like.

Kits are usually just a few dollars more than you would spend on one product!

Here are some awesome kits that include the waterproof eyeliner:


Natural Brow Duo by Pixi

Pixi-Natural-Brow-DuoPixi is a fun, up-and-coming makeup line that offers simple makeup solutions that won’t break you out.

Some of Pixi’s most popular products are Glow Tonic, Glow Mud Cleanser, H2O Skin Tint, Book of Beauty, Correction Concentrate, and the Natural Brow Duo(of course).

This pencil and gel duo is perfect for shaping and enhancing your brows to effortlessly frame your eyes! One end features a waterproof brow pencil with an angled tip for precise and natural-looking application, and the other end contains a tinted soft-hold gel for keeping unruly brows in place.

You may also want to read Perfect Eyebrows 101 for tips on how to enhance and style your brows!

Available in the following shades:

  • Natural Blonde
  • Natural Brown
  • Deep Brunette
  • Soft Black


  • Vitamin E nourishes & protects
  • Strengthens brow hairs
  • Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant

If you’re not sure which shade you should choose for your eyebrows- click here to view the eyebrow color chart and find the perfect shade!


Posie Tint by Benefit Cosmetics



A poppy-pink stain that’s great for brightening cheeks and lips! This liquid-gel formula is great for blending on all complexions and lasts for hours!

Posie Tint isn’t something that I would normally buy. I’ve never been a big fan of stains(only some lip stains), but if you’re going for waterproof then this product is perfect.

I bought a benefit kit at Ulta before a wedding and it included Posie Tint…rather than let it go to waste I figured I might as well try it!

The color goes well with just about any look, and the best part about it is that you can use it for cheeks and lips. I use it on my lips even if I’m wearing a favorite gloss or chapstick because it gives your lips a nice underlying color with just enough brightness to make them pop!


Eyeshadow Primer Pot by Stila



No matter how skilled you are with a blending brush, eyeshadow has the tendency to go slip-sliding during the day — or worse yet, to become more creased than a pair of Dockers.

This waterproof primer solves both of those problems and then some, and it comes in two flattering neutral shades. Bonus: you can wear it solo to get a wide-awake look.

A lot of people don’t use primer, but once you do you’ll never go back! Eyelid primer is the only way to keep your eyeshadow in place. If you have “oily” eyelids then you probably struggle even more with keeping your eyeshadow in check, so this is a great option even if you’re not going to the beach.

*Remember, eyeshadow isn’t really meant to be worn when you go swimming underwater or sweat excessively. Eyeshadow primer will keep everything in place for the most part, but if you’re getting really wet then results may vary!


Waterproof Foundation by Makeup Forever

This foundation is a 2-in-1 that’s perfect for evening out your skin tone on your face or your body. It’s a weightless, water-based formula and it easily conceals those unwanted imperfections.

Makeup Forever foundations is great for all skin types…even if you have larger pores or fine lines!

If you haven’t had time to soak in a summer glow yet, this foundation will be perfect for those first picnics and pool parties!

You may also want to read:
The Best Makeup Kit from Your Favorite Brands

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