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As I flip on the air conditioner, a bead of sweat rolls down my forehead and straight into my eye. The sharp sting of my SPF 50 sends sudden tears running down my cheeks. I turn to the mirror expecting to look like the cover of Hole’s ’90s rock album Live Through This. But every bit of makeup is in its place, exactly as I had applied it more than five hours earlier. A miracle? Nope—just a power-packed combination of waterproof makeup. To make sure your cosmetics stay put during summer’s heat, stock up on these items:
Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50: Mineral makeup is naturally water resistant, so it withstands sweat and water better than most traditional foundations. Another bonus: the built-in sun protection. $32, dermstore.com
Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster: A great on-the-go chunky lip stain/pencil that penetrates the skin and then gradually fades over the following three to four hours. My go-to shade is Pouty (pictured, above), a flirty berry pink. $24, sephora.com
Maybelline New York Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara: Say goodbye to crunchy spider lashes with, hands-down, the best waterproof mascara I’ve tried. Pro tip: To avoid clumping, don’t let the mascara dry between coats. $5.51, drugstore.com
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes: Try smudging a little of the Matte Brown eyeliner at the base of your upper and lower lashes to up the glam factor when taking your look from summer day to summer night. $18, sephora.com
Pro tip: Worried about getting that waterproof makeup off at the end of the day? The simplest, cheapest, and best waterproof makeup remover around is a dollop of olive oil on a cotton round. Trust me.