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Best waterproof makeup for long lasting wear

Natalie Baker
13 March 2012


Let's face it, spring may be around the corner but you can always count on the British weather to spoil the party with its annoying rainy days. Nothing kills your groove quite like panda eyes and patchy foundation by the time you get to the office. There may not be anything you can do about the weather, but you can make sure you're prepared with the right waterproof products in your beauty bag.

Face

If you want a smooth, even complexion that lasts all day long the right foundation is key. Give your foundation a head start by applying a primer to your face first, such as Prep + Prime Face Protect by MAC, £21.50. Primers even out your skin tone and act as a base before foundation helping your makeup to stay put. Opt for a water-resistant foundation, like MACs Face and Body foundation, £25.50 which won't slide off your face at the first spit of rain. Want a quick fix that you can keep in your bag for emergencies? Try Clarins Fix' Make-Up, £20.00 which helps to prolong the life of your makeup. Spritz over your face when needed to set your makeup and instantly refresh your skin.

Eyes

Eye makeup is often of the first things to falter at the sight of rain, tears or sweat. Kohl eyeliners are great for a smoky look but for longer-lasting results opt for a gel formula that glides on to your lids. Bobbi Brown's long-wear gel liner, £16.50 comes in a range of high-pigment colours that will suit almost any skin tone. Apply with a fine eyeliner brush for a defined, precise line. Finish off your look with waterproof mascara. Benefit's BADgal Waterproof mascara, £16.50 will also give your lashes extra length and volume. If you don't want the hassle of applying mascara, try heading to a salon for a lash tint instead.

Lips

Nothing exudes glamour and polished sophistication quite like a classic red lip. Take the hassle out of constantly reapplying your pout with a long-wear formula. Estee Lauder's Double Wear Lipstick, £18.50 boasts up to 12-hours staying power with a range of shades from subtle peach hues to bright cranberry reds. If you prefer products that work in more than just one way, try a berry stain, like Benefit's Pocket Pal, £15.50 that will work on both your lips and cheeks. Stain formulas do exactly what they say on the box; offer a delicate stain for longer lasting results.

Cheeks

Your regular powder blush is unlikely to cut it when you need waterproof products. Look out for a silicone based product if you need your blush to combat the rain and elements. Daniel Sandler's Watercolour Blush, £14.50 is an award-winning product that is rub-proof and waterproof. Apply lightly with your fingers for a natural and subtle finish.

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