Summer is here already and it’s time for some fun in the sun! It’s also that time of the year when you look to revamp your wardrobe, bringing out the vibrant and colourful summer shades to the front and even add a few new waterproof makeup products to your makeup kit. The scorching heat of the sun outside, however, starts to affect your body functioning as well. Your body tends to lose more water during summer, especially since perspiration is your body’s natural mechanism for keeping your body temperatures cool in all this heat and as a result, it demands more water than usual in return too.

It is no surprise then that most of the water-related fun activities and festivals take place in summer. Holi, the festival of colours in India, just saw people across the country play with colours and splash around water on each other in the heat of the early summers. It is April now and the who’s who of the entire fashion and influencing industry have assembled together in the Colorado desert in California for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2019, one of the biggest annual music and arts gatherings in the world, celebrating two extremely successful decades of completion. And then, a couple of months down the line in July, South Korea will be celebrating the Boryeong Mud Festival 2019, a must-attend for those who take their skincare seriously (it just had to be the Koreans, didn’t it?!) and don’t mind getting some mud onto themselves amidst all the fun.

But if there’s one thing you’ve noticed, whether it be at any of these festivals or just generally in the summers, it’s that you’re usually drenched by the end of the day, either in water or in your own sweat. And your normal makeup doesn’t seem to hold very well, especially your eyeliner or mascara, which start to run like there’s a crazed convict on the loose, chasing after them. What you need, especially in the summers, is waterproof makeup that holds itself in place no matter how drenched your face gets. Now we know some of you might think of waterproof makeup as nothing but a hoax, so we tried and tested some of these products and *drum roll* they really do work wonders in keeping your new makeup intact!

Here are some waterproof makeup products that we took a look at to save our makeup from melting this summer...


The Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer

The Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer

To make sure the makeup you have so painstakingly applied remains loyal to you and stays put through the day during summer; you need to use waterproof makeup in the first place and make sure you start your makeup with a primer!

The order to apply it is skincare—primer—makeup! A good primer like the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer makes sure your skin is protected from all the makeup, sweat and grime. So skin issues that get aggravated during summers can’t impact your skin. Whether you have oily skin or dry, a primer is a saviour you need. A good primer helps control sebum production in oily skin types and adds a moisturising protective barrier in dry skin types.


The Lakmé 9to5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact, Almond (also available in Apricot and Melon shades)

The Lakmé 9to5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact, Almond (also available in Apricot and Melon shades)

Taking into consideration how hot and sweaty summers in India can get, not only did Lakmé decide to come up with a couple of smudge-free and waterproof makeup products, they came up with an entirely new range called the ‘9to5’ collection. The Lakmé 9to5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact is one long-lasting and somewhat waterproof makeup product that not only helps you maintain the matte look all day long but also nourishes your skin with its unique oil and vitamin-E formula while doing so. Based on your skin tone, you can either opt for the almond, the apricot or the melon shade, shades that have been specifically chosen to match the most common tones among Indian women and will blend so well with your complexion that this compact can also double up as a concealer if and when needed.


The Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal

The Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal

While the 9 to 5 compact isn’t explicitly marketed as a waterproof makeup product, this one most certainly is. We’ve tried a number of different Kajal pencils till now but this Kajal from Lakmé truly is ‘Eyeconic’! Basically, in the form of a retractable Kajal pencil, the Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal is a smudge-proof and waterproof makeup product which, once applied, can easily last for about 15 hours (the brand claims it can even last for up to 22). Doesn’t matter if you’re trying to keep it casual or going for the dramatic winged eye, the Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal will hold the line against any and every water-based attack. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

Apart from the Eyeconic Kajal, there are other waterproof makeup products as well, such as the Lakmé Eyeconic Blue Mascara which comes in an intense royal blue colour and with a smart curl brush that makes applying the mascara really convenient.


Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Matte Sticks Lipstick

Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Matte Sticks Lipstick

No post on waterproof makeup products can quite be complete without a mention of the '9to5' lipsticks range. Available in a wide range of colours (about 15), from Crimson town to Fuchsia Alley, the lipsticks have a slight shimmer to them, along with a matte texture, that lasts for a considerable period of time. Not only are the lipsticks built to stay on throughout the day, but they also help heal and soften your lips, on account of the aloe vera and honey present in them.

Lakmé also has a range of creaseless and long-lasting Lakmé 9 to 5 Creaseless Creme Lip Color sticks available in about 20 different shades that feel really creamy and are enriched with the goodness of olive oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin-E, along with SPF 15, keeping your lips makeup not only looking good but also well protected for long hours.

The sweltering heat of the summers can often be damaging not only for your makeup but also for your skin. It is thus important that you choose the waterproof makeup products that also double up as agents of skincare for you. Those with moisturising properties and SPF protection are the ones to be put at the top of your preference list. This way, besides not having to run to the washroom to correct your makeup from time to time, you also won’t have to worry about the sun’s searing heat and its harmful UV rays causing considerable and irreversible damage to your skin. What are you waiting for then, ladies? Soak in some sun while you go out and have some fun!

Frequently asked questions about waterprood makeup:

1. Does waterproof makeup really work?

Yes, waterproof makeup definitely works. It acts like a stain on your skin, and therefore stays for a long, long time without coming off easily.

2. Is waterproof makeup bad for you?

No, good quality waterproof makeup isn't really bad for your skin. But wearing waterproof makeup everyday may create some issues for your skin because it creates an impermeable base, through which sweat cannot pass through and bacteria gets trapped in there. This leads to clogged pores, acne, skin irritation, etc.

3. Is it okay to wear waterproof mascara everyday?

Waterproof mascara is a great option for when you are going to be outdoors all day, for the summer months or weddings. But wearing it every single day is not advisable because removing it causes a lot of strain on your lashes and that makes them weaker over time.