Drugstores are filled with options for waterproof makeup. From waterproof mascara, liquid lipsticks, even waterproof foundations, but what about eyeshadow? There are very few products that claim specifically to be a waterproof eyeshadow and that might be because it really depends on how they’ve been applied.
Yes and no. There are a few waterproof eyeshadows on the market. However, most eyeshadows don’t claim to be waterproof, but there are techniques you can implement to protect your eyeshadow from moisture. Getting a waterproof eyeshadow look can vary from the products you use, to how you apply them.
Here are 4 easy steps to making your eyeshadow waterproof.
Clean Your Skin
This step is important with any part of your makeup routine, if you want to make it long lasting. This is because naturally our skin produces oils throughout the day. So applying makeup on top of un-prepped skin means your makeup isn’t getting a chance to work at its best and the chances of it breaking up and sliding around are much higher.
I advise using a double cleanse system (I’m partial to a micellar water or oil cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser) to clear off any excess oil or old makeup that might be sitting on your skin. If you have a more rigorous skincare routine, even better. Exfoliants and face washes are perfect for cleaning off dead skin and any residue that may have accumulated.
After you’ve cleaned the skin you want to re-moisturise. This is so that the makeup won’t lose pigmentation in any areas, or flake off due to dryness. This can be common for a lot of women as the eye area has a particularly thin epidermis and can be prone to dryness. You may want to even consider an eye cream for extra moisture. However, for the ultimate waterproof look, I recommend not using any oil-based moisturisers, as these have a tendency to allow makeup to slide around after a few hours of wear. Trust me, that isn’t a pretty look.
Prime Your Lids
For a more full coverage look, before you do this step, apply some concealer or foundation to your lids to make the surrounding area more seamless. Once you’ve done that, use an eyeshadow primer – this will make your look last five times as long. For an affordable option, Nyx Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer is just as good as many other high end primers on the market, but if you are looking to invest, Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is highly rated by celebrity makeup artists and bloggers. It is most commonly known for its ability to make eyeshadow completely budge-proof.
Combine Shadows With Waterproof Shadow Pencils.
For the final step, it’s important to use pigmented shadows, and if possible invest in a waterproof stick shadow like the ones used by @sophdoesnails.
You can apply them on top of your lid after setting your primer with a face powder. Other products like Maybelline’s 24 Hour Tattoo Eyeshadow can also be used and will guarantee that your eyeshadow won’t be moving anywhere. They’re even more effective when applied with your fingers, because the warmth of your finger allows the product to apply smoothly and stick to your skin better than when using a brush.
If you’re looking for an eyeshadow you can wear to the pool or beach, L’Oréal Paris have released their very own Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow, which claims to be waterproof and crease-proof.
Finish off with a setting spray, if you have one handy, and you’re good to go.
It’s that simple! You don’t need to be a pro to ensure that your makeup stays waterproof and lasts all night long.
Let me know how these steps work for you!