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The Best Waterproof Makeup That Won’t Budge This Summer

Long-wearing formulas that actually last—even under water!

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Summer is the season to loosen up and dial down your stress, and that goes for your beauty routine, too. The last thing you want is to be worried about mascara running down your face or your foundation melting away, even as temperatures soar. But if you think waterproof makeup is just for balmy days at the beach, think again.

Waterproof formulas are a fantastic pick if you need your makeup to last through a sweaty workout, a marathon girls' night out, or through allergy season to dress up watery, itchy eyes or conceal a red, sneezy nose. The bottom line: while the idea of going makeup-free all the time sounds lovely, there will certainly be moments when you want some sort of coverage that will stick through it all.

So, how does waterproof makeup work? "You have probably heard at some point in your high school chemistry class that 'like dissolves like,'" says Danusia Wnek, a chemist in the GH Beauty Lab. "If you have a water-based product, exposing it to water will typically dissolve it; however, if you have an anhydrous product (a.k.a. a waterless formula) with film forming polymers, exposing it to water won’t move the formula that much and only an oil-based product will be able to remove it." This explains why even a rainstorm won't weather your waterproof mascara — and why you'll need a serious makeup remover when you do want it to melt it away.

Here, our everything-proof picks for the best waterproof makeup that stick through it all—until you're ready to remove them:

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LIPSTICK
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick
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MASCARA
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara
3
LIQUID EYELINER
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
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EYESHADOW
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Eyeshadow Sticks
5
CONCEALER
Maybelline New York Cover Stick Corrector Concealer
6
LIPSTICK
NYX Full Throttle Lipstick
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PENCIL EYELINER
Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner
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FOUNDATION
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
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