As someone with infuriatingly watery eyes, I can certainly attest to the struggle of finding consistently reliable waterproof makeup. After countless trials with supposedly moisture-resistant products, only to find that by noon, I have telltale smudges-or worse, wind-induced tear streaks-on my face, I've concluded that many formulas simply don't deliver.
But perhaps it's my trial-and-error method that's really at fault, and what I've truly been lacking is proper guidance. After all, who better to advise on waterproof makeup than athletes who require mascara that can withstand hours of pirouetting, twirling, and tumblingвЂ¦ in a pool?
If you watched the Olympics this weekend, you might have caught the bizarrely wonderful art of synchronized swimming-and in turn probably noticed that though every participant donned a fairly heavy face of makeup, there was nary a lipstick smudge or eyeliner streak in sight. What is this sorcery? Is it a top-secret cosmetics collection that only Olympians are privy to? On the contrary, the secret is a much-loved makeup line that you can find at your local Sephora-and that's quite possibly sitting on your vanity already. Keep reading to see what it is!Getty/Al Bello
вЂњWe have a lot of makeup on in the water,вЂќ Anita Alvarez, a member of the U.S. synchronized swimming team, tells Vogue. вЂњYou're swimming far from the judges and the audience, so you have to put on a lot to help your features show from far away.вЂќ
For this, Alvarez and her teammates rely on Make Up For Ever. If you happen to be a beauty history buff, you know that this makes perfect sense: The cosmetics line was actually first developed in part for the Parisian Water Ballet in the 1980s.
вЂњWe use the foundation and mascara, and there's a cream eye shadow that's already waterproof,вЂќ says Alvarez. вЂњOne of the competitions we go to is in Paris, where they sell all the makeup for really discounted prices. We stock up on all our makeup in Paris.вЂќ Sounds like some beauty editors we knowвЂ¦
Keep scrolling to shop some of the team's favorite waterproof items.Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream $23Shop
It's not just Olympian approved. This cream-based eye shadow boasts more than 1500 five-star reviews on Sephora's site.Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal $21Shop
Don't want to give up your go-to brands and formulas? This handy seal instantly waterproofs whatever you're using.ВMake Up For Ever High Definition Foundation $43Shop
For an airbrushed texture that simply won't budge, this formula is your go-to.
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