What sounds lovelier than a cool pool party or beachside clambake? Not much when the thermometer is rising near 100 degrees. BUT, we all know as soon as you RSVP with a big “yes!” a deflating shock wave follows with “ugh, what am I going to wear in front of all those people?!”
While choosing the bathing suit that will make you look the skinniest in front of all your friends and colleagues, seriously consider is how your hair and make-up are going to hold up in scorching heat and splashing around in the pool. Here are our top recommendations for waterproof and melt-proof makeup that will keep your glamour going all day.
Concealer – Tarte is a wonderful brand that has just what we need for a flawless summer look, the Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer. This full coverage concealer has what we need to nourish our skin while hiding all those annoying imperfections, without a cakey or waxy texture. $22 At Sephora
Foundation – Choosing a long-wear or waterproof foundation will help guard against the streaky effects of melting, sweating and splashing. Another benefit is that they also contain sunscreen. Tarte delivers again with a high-tech, eco-chic foundation that takes on the most extreme conditions. The Maracuja Miracle Foundation is a full coverage, anti-aging and moisturizing liquid foundation that leaves skin silky and ready for a long day at the beach. $42 at Ulta.com
Blush – Cargo offers a gorgeous line of water resistant blush colors perfect for summer. Inspired by their award-winning water resistant bronzer, this long-wearing formula will stay put in the toughest conditions so you don’t have to worry. Their limited edition color, Los Cabos, is a perfect peachy-coral. $26 at Cargo
Eye Shadow – It is tough to find more hardcore makeup afficiados than the folks at Make Up Forever. They have a brilliant Aqua line out this summer that covers your every need. May favorite is the Aqua Cream eye color. From basic to bold, this long-lasting cream shadow comes in 23 shades glorious shades to fit any event or outfit and will stay put. My fav is 21 Turquois. $23 at Sephora
Eyeliner – Liquid liners are going to give the most staying power. Stila’s Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner glides on easily, won’t smudge or run. Also, has a super convenient marker-like tip to make application a snap. $20 at Nordstrom
Mascara – For me, mascara is the most important cosmetic. If necessary, I can skip the rest, but not mascara. Yves Saint Laurent Voume Effet Faux Cils waterproof formula is coming in on top. YSL has mastered the art of mascara that gives even coats without clumping and packs a serious volume and lengthening punch. It is also gentle, so no worries about irritating sensitive eyes. It comes in four colors including blue and purple, so you can have a bit of fun with it. $30 at Nordstrom
Lips – This one is a bit easier as we are used to reapplying lip liner and color throughout our everyday lives. There are few products that can help staying power in heat and humidity. Sephora Collection offers a very smooth and blendable waterproof liner that goes the distance in
a wide range of colors.$12 at Sephora. For color, tints are always a safe bet as they last the longest, such as Benefit’s Benetint. But I like a bit more substance and shine. Make UpForever mixes the best of both worlds in its Aqua Rouge liquid lip color. It has the staying power and intensity of a stain, with the shine of a gloss – perfecto! $24 at Sephora
Now that we have achieved a truly flawless face of style, I like to finish it with a mist of 50 -70 SPF sunscreen. Neutrogena is my personal favorite as it has a light scent, does not leave a sticky residue and holds it all in place while I am sipping on my margarita poolside. As for the hair, well, sun hats are always in style.