Makeup Wars: Favorite Waterproof Makeup + Removers

This week's Makeup Wars is all about waterproof makeup and the removers that take it all away. I haven't always tested these by swimming, although once I tested a bunch of Tarte makeup by going down a hill in a water-filled hamster ball. In order for this makeup to pass my test, it has to survive in crazy heat and humidity, through sweat and through a rainstorm where I'm not trying to seek cover (which happens more than you might think).

Make Up For Ever is the Queen of waterproof makeup. You can't go wrong with anything, although I find the WP mascara to be a little clumpy. The liners, cream shadows and lipsticks are all amazing.

When you have really sparse natural brows, the last thing you want is for your brows to slide off. Avoid it risk; just use Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade. $18.00

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is my hands down favorite waterproof mascara. It looks as good as the original and it doesn't come off until you compel it with something oily.

While many lipsticks are waterproof by the sheer nature of basic ingredients, NudeStix Lip and Cheek Balm will stick with you through the most tremendous downpours. $24.00

This isn't exactly waterproof, but the new Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse is insane. You'll actually stay bronze for more than a week and maybe up to three! This goes on quickly, looks beautifully realistic with absolutely zero smell. This has been reformulated to make it more moisturizing. Plus it dries instantly. This is a must have for everyone! $54.00

Removing waterproof makeup isn't always that much fun. I love nothing more than It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-1 Makeup Remover and Cleansing Balm. It removes everything and leaves your skin super soft. (Try it as a mask to really refresh tired skin, too!) $38.00

On the go, my favorite is Nip+Fab Kale Fix Makeup Removing Pads. They are gentle and non-oily, but remove almost any makeup you throw at it. (With the exception of Too Faced Waterproof. You really need something oil based. The It Cosmetics is perfect for BTS WP.) $12.99

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  1. The It Cosmetics makeup remover is really great! I love that we both featured Nudestix!

  2. I totally forgot to include the IT remover. If I wore waterproof mascara I'd buy the Too Faced one for sure.


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