A roundup of tried-and-true sweat-proof makeup for summer
Products that promise to stay put on your skin
This article was originally published May 23, 2019 and was updated June 25, 2020 to reflect current product prices and links.
Listen there's no shame in wearing makeup to work out, plus, you might find yourself at the gym right after work, in a full face of makeup anyway. With that and with steamy summer days or hot beach vacations, there are many reasons to seek out beauty products that can hold up to some moisture! So don't be nervous about breaking a sweat this season, we've got a roundup of the products that promise to stay put on your skin.
This full coverage foundation stays strong for up to 36 hours but it's non-comedogenic — important if you're acne prone like me. You'll love the smooth coverage that looks like skin and not a cakey mess, and its water resistant and transfer resistant formula.
This concealer was built for flexibility. Great news because we were too! I particularly love that it goes on creamy, quickly mattifies, but then still feels comfortable. It's waterproof and the coverage is scary-good, so it'll hide what you need it to and won't crease or run when you're pounding the pavement in the summer.
If, on those HITT days, you need an intense waterproof liner that can handle beads of sweat, trust me this is it. It's a vegan cream-to-powder eyeliner that's long-wear liner, comes in three highly pigmented colours (white, brown and black), plus it's a super easy-to-use pencil.
Kat Von D Beauty Cake Pencil eyeliner, $26, Sephora
I like this brow pencil because it'll keep your brows in place even after you've shoved on your headband or wiped off your forehead sweat. It also has a really nice natural colour and the waterproof formula lasts a good 12 hours.
BENEFIT Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil, $32, Benefit Cosmetics
As the name suggests this mascara was made for our active lifestyles. It adds volume, length and separation, and holds up without smearing. Best part? This water resistant mascara actually comes off when you want it to, without having to loose any lashes trying to wipe it off. You know what I mean!
COVERGIRL Lash Blast Active Mascara, $7.99, Shoppers Drug Mart
This new brush-tipped liquid liner gives great eye. It boasts a waterproof formula that lasts through sweating or accidental rubbing for up to 24 hours. No brush bending or jittery application here, the brush is specially contoured to produce a smooth sexy swoop.
Laura Mercier Caviar Intense Ink Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $36, Hudson's Bay
Thanks to an advanced technology, this lipstick promises it won't need your constant attention; you've got so many other things to focus on. I like it because it stays put but also has a primer oil, so it keeps lips crack and flake free. So go ahead and purse those lips as you do those kettlebell swings, that lipstick isn't going anywhere!
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick, $29, Smashbox
Don't forget to match your sunblock to your lifestyle. For all you active people, Vichy's new sport sunblock is ideal for your morning run or after work volleyball plans. As a matter of a fact Swimming Canada made it the official sunscreen of the national team… they know a thing or two about being active! You can use this on wet or dry skin and it's water and sweat resistant up to 80 minutes.
Vichy Idéal Soleil Sport SPF 60, $22.46, Shoppers Drug Mart
Keep your whole look together with this setting spray. It'll stop your eyeshadow from creasing, your highlighter from smudging and everything in between. This spray dries down quickly after a few pumps. I find that as my day picks up in intensity, it does as well! So even when you sweat it will still give you a nice glow while holding your makeup in place.
High Performance Setting Spray, $41, Cover Fx
Nneka Elliott (@nnekaelliott) is a lifestyle blogger, host and actor. She shares her adventures with fashion and beauty in her pursuit of a gutsy life. nnekaelliott.com