As summer is around the corner and the season for poolside parties, summer weddings and beach vacation, you’ll most likely be strolling into the makeup aisle for waterproof counterparts of your favourite products. So if the thought of makeup melting away under the scorching sun makes you cringe, then read on as we have got you covered with the ultimate guide to waterproof makeup essentials that shall keep the glamor locked in even while making a splash. Before you boot yourself up with another sea-salt resistant foundation, we will give you all the information to make the best decisions for your summer waterproof makeup selections.

Waterproof Makeup

Waterproof makeup refers to makeup products formulated to stay in place when exposed to water or other forms of moisture. Specific ingredients are added to make the products water resistant, among which fill formers is the gold standard compound. They can be made of silicone, acrylates or other polymers. Dimethicone is a popular ingredient, as it creates a slick surface not allowing water penetration. Waterproof makeup is essentially worn at beaches where water and humidity serve as major challenges, not to mention sunscreen interfering with your makeup. It works great for pool parties or hot summer days. Non-waterproof brands are able to withstand a little sweat before running or sliding off your skin.

Bijal Chauhan, Makeup Artist and owner of Posh Palettes Salon, Thane said, “When it comes to lasting waterproof makeup, a key factor is to choose only silicon based or oil based products. I would recommend Makemazia, a brand that recently introduced silicon based products for waterproof makeup. Water based products might easily fade away at poolside events. The mascara should be waterproof as well whether you are splashing in the pool or just going to a summer based event. Huda Beauty and Makeup Forever are really good brands recommended for poolside events. Mascara’s by Kiko Milano and Mac are really good at staying on throughout the day.”

A silicon based primer is must and two of the top picks are Smashbox Photo Finish and Benefit’s Porefessional. She added, “Also, do not miss out on sunscreen before stepping out. Make sure it is at least SPF 50+ as it would be suitable considering the heat and humidity in Mumbai. The adequate amount to apply is to fill out your entire pointer and middle finger with sunscreen and then reapply it every 3 hours. There are quite a few decent ones like La Shield and La Roche Posay. In lip care, look out for ones with SPF like Sebamed that has a good SPF 30+ lip balm and Hyphen as well.”

Foundation and CC creams (base make up):

Since many people are looking for cruelty free options the best options would be to check out makeup ranges from Kay Beauty, Nykaa cosmetics and in skincare, The Ordinary.


This summer, bold colour lips are not trending as people are going for a more neutral look and the most trending shades are from Too Faced.

Eye shadow and eyeliner:

A neutral eye shadow with a pop of colour in the eyeliner is what’s trending this summer. Blue, green, lilac and pink are the most popular colors for eyeliner. MyGlamm liquid eyeliners are good quality, affordable and waterproof as well. Using small studs or diamond embellishments is quite popular to enhance their face make up. Huda Beauty eye palettes are the best while Makeup Revolution London is an affordable alternative for eye shadow.

Blushes and Bronzer:

Flushed cheeks are in, so try out Rare Beauty blushes in shades ‘Encouraged’ and ‘Hope’ that are suitable for Indian skin tone as well as Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Blush Wand. When going for a sun kissed look that make’s one look like a bronzed beauty in the sun make sure to use cream or liquid based Bronzer.

Summer skincare or makeup removal tips:

One of the very important tips is to use cleansing balm or cleansing oil for removing your makeup. Cleansing balm melts all your makeup and removes all the dirt from your skin and cleanses the skin at a deeper level. Some good cleansing balms are Elemis and Clinique. The Face Shop has quality cleansing oils as well. Something that I highly recommend is makeup remover sponges that recently came in to the market from Earth Rhythm and Kloy. They are reusable sponges made of high quality microfibers and polyester cloth that acts as a suction to pull out all the makeup from your skin. It cleanses your skin very well and prevents acne, breakouts or skin irritations caused by residual makeup.