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In other parts of the world, waterproof makeup is a luxury used for weddings… and breakups. But here, where even the most beautiful day can suddenly turn into a torrential downpour, you need these essential pieces of kit in your life.
Makeup has the power to transform your face and your mood. Swiping on your favourite red lipstick for a confidence boost before a scary job interview or finding the perfect highlighter that makes your cheekbones pop are great little victories – and every makeup enthusiast has their list of holy grail items in their beauty arsenal that they depend on time and again to work their magic. Let’s face it, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the state of your eyebrows when you have a busy day of wall-to-wall meetings followed by midweek drinks ahead of you. Waterproof products are the reliable workhorses of your makeup bag, the ones you that you reach for when you want a look to stay put, no matter the weather or the circumstances.
And naturally, the staying power of waterproof makeup is also indispensable here in Ireland. Considering our ‘changeable’ weather conditions (aka rain followed by wind followed by, more rain), it’s vital that the makeup you apply stays put all day. Waterproof formulations take so much of the hassle out of your daily routine with minimal, if any, touch-ups required. Whether you’re combating a sweaty face on your hols or caught in the lashing rain on your lunch, they’re an essential no beauty fiend worth her salt can do without.
Bold brows are one beauty trend that aren’t going away anytime soon. The focus in 2017 has moved away from the ultra-precise brow and is more about maximising the most of your natural shape with a solid maintenance routine. Benefit’s Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour is a nifty little product that boasts 24-hour waterproof wear – ideal for impeccable arches by the pool or (more probably) in the office. The cream-gel formula is super-rich and you only need a little on the built-in angled brush to achieve the results you want. If you want a more dramatic and defined look, Ka-BROW! makes layering a cinch.
To keep your brows gorgeous and groomed around the clock, you can’t go wrong with the Bobbi Brown Waterproof Brow Shaper. Used alone, the clear gel formula holds its own against water, humidity and sweat for 24 hours – with no annoying tackiness or stiffness. If you can’t part ways with your brow pencil or powder, all you need to do is apply the gel at the end of your brow routine to create a water-resistant topcoat.
As any seasoned makeup fan knows, powder eyeshadows and sweat just don’t mix. You create a stunning, well-blended look in the morning only for it to be ruined and creased before lunch even rolls around. Even the best primers can’t save you if your skin is particularly oily. That’s where cream shadows come in. Clarins has the formula perfected with their Waterproof Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow range, perfect if you want a luminous eye look that stays put for hours. Formulated with bitter orange tree wax, the shadows create an ingenious protective shield against water and humidity, ensuring all-day wear.
Finding a waterproof mascara that gives you full, luscious lashes without the stiffness used to be a pretty tall order, but Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara has managed to achieve the impossible. The glossy, true black formula leaves you with a seductive wide-eyed look, and the ergonomic brush coats every single lash for a brilliant finish. Waterproof base products have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, with iconic brand MAC leading the charge. Their Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation can also be used as a concealer, seamlessly blend-ing into the skin. Coverage is buildable from medium to full, with a natural satin finish that enhanc-es rather than masks. With a wear-time of 16 hours, this foundation will stay put from the bus to work to the taxi home.
At times we need something more heavy-duty than our foundation to hide dark circles and angry-looking breakouts, especially if it’s going to be a long day with a lot of photographs on the cards. A trusty waterproof concealer like Smashbox Studio Skin 24-Hour Wear Concealer can be a lifesaver in these situations. The light-diffusing spheres blur imperfections while looking natural and the creamy formula means it won’t settle into any fine lines over the course of the day. It will stay put for a solid 24 hours, so you can spend your time on things more important than touch-ups.
If you’re looking for a product to keep your carefully created look intact, NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Setting Spray will do the job and then some. A couple of spritzes of this keeps your makeup looking as fresh as when it was applied, with a seamless and comfortable matte finish. It’s handy to keep a bottle in your bag to refresh your face on a warm day, confident in the knowledge you will be totally streak-free. With these trusty tools in your kit, melting makeup will be one less thing to worry about. Go forth and live your panda-eye-free life!