Saving Face: Olympic Waterproof Makeup

Watching the Olympics got us wondering: just how do these swimmers, synchronized dancers and water polo players jump off a platform, swim a few meters and still remain gorgeous without makeup pouring down their face? Answer: the right products. These picks will keep you looking great, even after a full day's worth of activities.

1. Waterproof Makeup: Make Up Forever

Make Up Forever AQUA Cream

Go for a swim in this creamy eye color; we promise it won’t smudge, crease or disappoint. A little bit goes a long way.

Make Up Forever AQUA Cream Waterproof Cream Color, $23,

2. Waterproof Makeup: MAC

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

A concealer that disguises’ imperfections in heat and water, blends easily and forms buildable coverage – even in high humidity and adds up to a matte finish? Yes, please!

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, $18, 

3. Waterproof Makeup: Topshop

TopShop Lip Marker

Nothing beats a classic lip stain; this lip marker will last for hours, cleans off easily and won’t bleed or streak.

TopShop Lip Marker, $16,

4. Waterproof Makeup: Rimmel

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

A wallet-friendly foundation that gives your face full coverage, absorbs quickly to fill in lines and pores, protects from water, sweat and humidity. Though we didn’t test the 25HR claim, the coverage does wear well through an active 8-hour shift.


Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, $7,

5. Waterproof Makeup: Maybelline

Maybelline Superstay 14HR Lipcolor

Don’t leave your lipstick at home due to humid circumstances; try a longwearing formula that contains rich pigment for a finish that clings to your lips for hours regardless of the amount of time you last in the water.


Maybelline Superstay 14HR Lipcolor, $8.99,

6. Waterproof Makeup: YSL

YSL Mascara Colume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof

When mascara doesn’t come off with just water and soap, you know it’s the real deal. This mascara formula is watery, but don’t be fooled, you’ll be ready to swim laps with doll-like lashes without the worry of smudgy, raccoon-like eyes.


YSL Mascara Colume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof, $30,

7. Waterproof Makeup: Tarte

Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Waterproof Clay Liner & Brush

This clay liner & brush is super-bendable and can endure a swim in the water without smudging or creating fine lines.

Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Waterproof Clay Liner & Brush, $22,

8. Waterproof Makeup: Smashbox

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner

This versatile waterproof shadow liner won’t budge or fade, plus it has six different options for a perfect on-trend look – even while strutting your stuff at the beach.

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner, $22,