Splashproof make-up for your summer holiday

Sun, sea, and panda eyes… While the summer holidays afford us some much-needed rest and relaxation, the large majority of women (ourselves included) will still stick to their beauty regimes, even when they’re soaking up some rays. But can your daily make-up withstand humidity, suntan lotion and salt water? Chances are, probably not.

Which is why we’ve set about to bring you the very best waterproof make-up to see you through the summer months. Formally thought of as cakey and underperforming, instead you’ll find these water-resistant formulas are just as nourishing and rich as your go-to products, without a smudge in sight.

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1. Base

Every beauty aficionado knows that a beautiful base is the making of any great make-up look. For a natural-looking finish that won’t melt, Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation is all you need. With SPF 10 built-in, layer it over a higher SPF for extra protection. 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation  SPF 10, £34 John Lewis

2. Conceal

If you’re planning on swimming lengths or simply splashing around in the pool, Tarte’s iconic concealer is the ultimate go-to for water-based activities. Creamy and  buildable, apply a small amount with your fingertip and top up throughout the day as desired.  

Amazonian clay waterproof 12-hour concealer, £21 Tartecosmetics.com

3. Bronze

Whether you’re of an alabaster disposition or fancy topping up your tan, a bronzer will bestow you with a gorgeous summer glow in a flash. For days spent sightseeing or laying by the beach, sweep some of Rimmel’s waterproof bronzer – complete with SPF 15 – across your cheekbones, around your temples and delicately on your jawline to sculpt your features and provide a beautifully subtle shimmer.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer Waterproof Bronzing Powder SPF15 £5.99, Boots

4. Define

Many eyeliners tend to bleed or run when exposed to heat or perspiration. Then again, not all eyeliners are created equally. Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof is industry-renowned and is a regular feature on swimwear shoots around the world. With a gorgeous spectrum of colours – from rich bronze to soft black, and even evergreen – you’re guaranteed to find one to suit your eye-colour. 

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof, £22, Harvey Nichols

5. Pout

The last thing you need is sand sticking to glossy lips. While we always recommend wearing an SPF balm when sunbathing, if having a pretty pout is high on your agenda, be sure to opt for a matte finish instead. Our favourite is Anastasia Beverley Hills’ liquid lipstick. Less heavy than conventional lipsticks but with the same strong pigments and long-lasting wear, you can eat, drink and swim confident in the knowledge it just won’t budge. 

Anastasia Beverley Hills Liquid Lipstick, £20, Beautybay.com

6. Set

Once you’ve completed your beachside beauty look, give it a long-lasting seal with a quick spritz of Urban Decay's All Nighter setting spray. The refreshing formula layers your make-up with a light, protective veil, making it even more durable in the water or in the heat. Try it, and we guarantee it’ll become a firm fixture in your beauty routine, even when you find yourself back on home-soil. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, £24 Debenhams