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Summer Makeup: The Quest for Waterproof Products

As a very sweaty person, summer makeup is the hardest challenge of mine. I’m someone who likes to wear a full face almost every time I go out, but when it comes to being in the sun, it’s not the best idea to follow my usual everyday routine. So what do I want from makeup in the summer?

In the hotter months, my skincare routine stays about the same. I wash my face at night, sometimes in the morning, and both morning and night I use the Skinfood Peach Sake Toner and the Peach Sake Emulsion. I want makeup that’ll last through the heat, whether it be at a barbecue, the beach, or while swimming. I also want to protect my skin, so during the day time, I prefer to go completely without face makeup so that I can reapply sunscreen to my face as needed. I still like to do eye makeup, as well as lipstick. From my eye makeup, I want brows that I can’t sweat/swim away, eyeliner that stays in place, and lipstick I can easily wipe away and reapply.

So far, my most bulletproof products are my Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown, Essence Clear Brow Gel, and Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Eyeliner in Little Black Dress. I’m still in the market for a good mascara that’s waterproof, but so far the Covergirl Clump Crusher Waterproof is pretty decent.

I went to the beach last Sunday with my bulletproof products on, plus the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Burnt Sienna as well as the Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Waterproof in Summer Cruise. I didn’t put my face underwater because I had my hair extensions in, but let me tell you, my makeup stayed intact ALL DAY. I was at the beach for about 5 hours, sweating and swimming, and I looked just as good when I left as I did when I arrived.

IMG_7141I felt really good at the beach in my makeup. It was an absolutely lovely time, but as the summer goes on I’ll really be putting my “waterproof” makeup to the test. Hopefully it’ll be able to stand up to regular summer activities.

Holy Grail List

One of the things I have definitely taken away from the makeup subreddits is curating my own holy grail list. A holy grail, or HG, product is one that works perfectly for you, you always reach for and would repurchase. At the start of my makeup journey, I almost exclusively bought at Sephora, buying makeup that wasn’t only too expensive for my taste, but the wrong shades for me. I still sometimes struggle to match face products, and am planning to muster up the courage to finally go to Sephora to get my foundation matched. But at the beginning everything was either three shades too dark or two shades too light. All those pictures of family events still haunt me to this day (or should I say I haunt the pictures considering my face was a shade of white only found in ghosts.) Now I mostly shop at Ulta and Walgreens for my makeup needs, and only go to Sephora for Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and the occasional other product not sold in Ulta nor Walgreens.

There are a few categories in which I have no HG and am currently attempting to find. Those are liquid foundation, powder foundation, setting spray, and contour powder. I think that the Hard Candy setting spray might be HG, but I’ve been using the Wet n Wild and also Maybelline setting sprays so I’d need to test it out again even though I remember loving it. The current list is:

  • Primer (face): Wet n Wild Coverall Primer
  • Primer (eye): Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Eyeshadow Primer
  • Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer- Fair
  • Setting powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder- Transparent
  • Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush- Mellow Wine
  • Highlighter: Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Highlighter- Aura
  • Brow pencil: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil- Dark Brown
  • Brow gel: Essence Make Me Brow- Browny Brows
  • Eyeliner: Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner-Little Black Dress, NYX Matte Liquid Liner- black
  • Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (the deluxe size), Covergirl Waterproof Clump Crusher (for bottom lashes)
  • Eyeshadow (palette): Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, Kat Von D Innerstellar (limited edition, now gone)
  • Eyeshadow (single): Makeup Geek- Blacklight
  • Lipstick (bullet): Urban Decay Vice Lipstick- 1993
  • Lipstick (liquid): Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick- Lolita, Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit- Give Me Mocha