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8 Waterproof Foundations That Won't Melt Off Your Face This Summer
As much as we love summer, we also love looking polished, which isn't easy to do when scorching temps threaten to undo all of our hard work in front of the mirror. (Because, let's face it, even the natural makeup look takes work.) Fortunately, waterproof foundations have come a long way since the cakey formulas of yore, and the right ones will work hard to keep your face looking fresh so that you can focus on putting your feet up.
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To save you the trouble of scouring the makeup aisle (because beach!), we've rounded up the best waterproof foundations that will stay put without weighing you down:
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 24-Hour Foundation
This foundation has a super-lightweight, creamy consistency that goes on smooth, and has a demi-matte finish that lasts (and lasts), says New Jersey-based licensed esthetician Jennifer McElroy. It contains shine-defying spheres that act like blotting paper to absorb sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments, so the summer heat won't ruin that no-makeup look you were aiming for.
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Revision Intellishade SPF 45 Foundation
The ultimate multitasker, Revision Intellishade SPF 45 is a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation in one, says Kevin Smith, MD, plastic surgeon at Charlotte Plastic Surgery in North Carolina. (For the best sun protection after age 40, experts recommend these nine sunscreens.) Not only does the formula contain water-resistant properties, but it consists of one shade that blends with every skin tone, so you can skip the hassle that often comes with color-matching.
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Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation
Giorgio Armani celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn calls this foundation, which comes in 20 shades, his "all-time summer must-have." Depending on how you apply it, the SPF 25 formula can provide light to full coverage. If you're especially active in the summer (ugh, sweat), "use this product for a makeup look that won't move," Quinn advises. (These six stylish tops stop, or at least hide, sweat stains. Score!)
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Osmosis Colour Mineral Pressed Base
For makeup that stays put all day while shielding your skin from harmful rays, consider Osmosis Colour Mineral Pressed Base your partner-in-crime. "It offers a constant SPF 27+ protection that, once applied evenly all over, doesn't expire because minerals are constantly reflecting UV light away from the skin," says Alejandro Falcon, licensed aesthetician and artistic director for Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics. And because this foundation is water resistant, you'll be able to blot off sweat without disturbing your finish.
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Smashbox Photo Primer
Sure, you can take any of these waterproof foundations for a spin—or, you can waterproof your fave foundation instead by using Smashbox Photo Primer as a base, says McElroy. It's oil-free, benefits all skin types, and best of all, helps your foundation stay all day, up to 10-12 hours. It also contains antioxidants (vitamin A, E, and peptides) that protect your skin from environmental pollutants, damage, and stress.
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Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
"This waterproof concealer is great for summer—it allows your skin to breathe while effectively blurring out imperfections," says Los Angeles-based hair and makeup artist Bethany Brill. It contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put with a matte finish, making it perfect for both face and body. "Less is more," says Brill. "Just cover what needs to be and let your skin breathe and shine through." (Try these six tips to master the no-makeup look.)Buy now:
Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation
If your skin tends to be a bit dry or lacking luster, then the Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation is where it's at. "It will give you the long wear, water-resistant stay that you want, with the added benefit of a subtle glow built in," says Quinn. Cha. Ching. (Not sure if you should use liquid foundation or powder? Use this guide.)
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Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50 Mineral Foundation
"Colorescience Sunforgettable is an SPF 50 loose mineral powder that provides broad spectrum coverage and is water resistant up to 80 minutes," says Smith. Of all the waterproof foundations, this one's the most convenient of the bunch—it comes in a self-dispensing brush that, in a few swipes, protects your skinandevens out your skin tone so you can get back to your summer shenanigans in no time.
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