Does Waterproof Makeup Stay On In The Pool?

When summer rolls around, I'm usually super lazy when it comes to doing my makeup. I spend so much time in the water and in the sun that if I were to wear it, it'd end up smeared by the end of the day. It makes me wonder, however, does waterproof makeup stay on in the pool? Perhaps it isn't the summer heat and water that causes my smeared makeup — maybe it's my choice of product formulation. Usually I won't wear waterproof makeup because of how difficult it is to take it off, but this summer, I'm seriously rethinking my beauty routine.

First thing's first — is using waterproof makeup really worth it? And does it actually work in the pool? Global makeup artist with Laura Mercier, Alexis Comforti told Racked, "These products are heavier and harder to get off. If you're using the wrong cleanser, ultimately you'll leave mascara remnants. Waterproof is almost like a stain: it'll clog your pores and your skin won't breathe. I wouldn't wear waterproof unless I know I have the right cleanser."

So, yes, your waterproof makeup will definitely last in the pool, but the tricky part is trying to take it off. ModelCo backs this up, saying, "Waterproof formulas are resistant to complete water submersion such as swimming (read: super smudge-proof), however they also contain stronger chemicals to make this happen."

The lesson to learn here? If you're trying to wear makeup in the pool, have no fear, waterproof makeup is definitely the way to go. However, you'll want to make sure you find some really great, hardworking cleansers that will take off your makeup without damaging your skin.

Here are some waterproof products to try:


Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4, Amazon

Many makeup artists and celebrities swear by this drugstore product for lashes. The best part? You can find it anywhere and it's also affordable.


Stila 'Stay All Day' Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $22, Amazon

Using waterproof liquid eyeliner will help create a stain on your eyes, which makes it less likely to budge during your time in the pool. So if you know you'll be taking a long dip, it's probably best to stick with a liquid solution.


MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, $34, Nordstrom

If you want to put on foundation that'll last all day, you can try this long-lasting product whether you're headed to the beach or the swimming pool.


Lancôme 'Effacernes' Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer, $31, Nordstrom

If you want to really go for the full-on makeup look in the pool, you can try using this concealer to give you blemish-free skin, even underwater.

Now that we've got that covered, here's how to get it off at the end of the day:

Use An Oil-Free Cleanser

Neutrogena Cleansing Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, $4, Amazon

Comforti tells Racked that it's best to really invest in your cleansers if you're going to use waterproof makeup. She recommends using oil-free products since they will work much better than your typical makeup remover solution.

Try Body Butter

The Body Shop Body Butter In Olive, $21, Amazon

On top of using body butter to help you achieve dewy skin, you can also use the softening product to remove the toughest of mascaras. The body butter will help remove your makeup gently instead of irritating your skin.

May your makeup game be strong, even in the pool.

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