The Top Sweat Proof & Waterproof Foundations You Should Try

(Last Updated On: December 13, 2018)

A  water resistant base is a true lifesaver in my makeup collection. Not only does it give me the freedom to fully immerse myself in the pool without spoiling my look, I can also enjoy the odd rom-com without worrying about smudging my makeup with the ensuing tears. It just allows you to get on with life, you know?

But I have to admit. It took me a while to get used to it, and even longer to find one the best waterproof foundation.

Which is why I’ve provided you with some tips on what sets it apart, some cautionary points and finally, a few of my favorite options for you to choose from.

Benefits of Using Waterproof Foundation

Apart from the obvious benefits I’ve mentioned, there are many other advantages to wearing water resistant bases that deserve a second look. For one, most come with a high SPF, which is great for keeping skin youthful by protecting it from the sun. So it’s worth considering if you enjoy being outdoors.

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On the other hand, I also enjoy how easy it is to apply. It literally just glides on the skin and takes little effort to put on. And you don’t have to worry about constant touch-ups because it’s quite long lasting and will stay on for hours.


Best Waterproof Foundation

MAC Longwear Nourishing

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Having gone through a thoughtful production process, this product promises to give you full coverage, no matter what the circumstances. It comes in a 25ml bottle, is suitable for all skin types, and is completely resistant to water.

The formula glides onto the skin to give you that hydrated look, and it claims to repel moisture from the skin which is great news for anyone with acne-prone skin. The texture is quite creamy and runny and just one layer provides really good coverage that can last for up to 24 hours.

Why It’s So Popular:
– It really does feel weightless and hydrating on the skin
– Provides a truly natural finish
– Because this is really thin and light, application is not finicky, so you can easily apply it using a makeup brush, a beauty blender or even your fingers
– Provides full 24 hour coverage with just one layer – covers spots, pimples and imperfections
– You get full water resistant coverage to enjoy your favorite water sports or stay confident walking in the rain (if that’s your thing)

Keep In Mind:
– It comes in a really small container

Bellezza Premium

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This cruelty free product has a waterproof gel formula that blends anti-aging properties with Vitamins A and E to leave the skin looking flawless and youthful. It’s also oil-free and lightweight, so you can use it everyday, as a moisturizer and primer. It’s ideal to use as a base to help keep your makeup on and your face looking flawless the whole day.

It has a natural finish that hides all those imperfections, and it’s great for sensitive skin because it doesn’t contain any parabens, oils or fragrances, and it’s FDA certified organic.

Why It’s So Popular:
– It feels super light and powdery even though it’s actually a gel
– It’s certified organic, paraben and fragrance free- good news for those with sensitive skin!
– Applies smoothly and leaves the skin feeling silky soft
– Makeup application is a breeze when you have this on, it simply just glides on and stays on for hours after
– Super affordable


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

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Every girl wants makeup that stays in place, and that’s exactly what this product promises. Not only is it long wearing but it provides coverage through non-stop activity and different weather conditions. It’s oil free and non-acnegenic as well.

Why It’s So Popular:
– It has lasting power and holds up really well the whole day
– It applies very smoothly and sets immediately
– Suitable for acne-prone skin, thanks to being oil free and non-acnegenic
– Doesn’t need a lot of touch-ups

Keep In Mind:
– Not the biggest fan of the packaging
– It is on the heavy side and needs you to apply more layers to get full coverage.


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This liquid foundation contains skin moisturizing ingredients like grapefruit extract, Hyaluronic acid and Hamamelis extract. It’s also fragrance free and has SPF 26 PA ++, which protects skin against sun damage. It applies evenly and spreads easily on the skin to provide a medium coverage with a matte finish. It’s advised to always shake this before using it.

Why It’s So Popular:
– It’s non-streaky and feels very light on the skin
– Contains sun protective SPF 26
– It’s non-irritating on the skin and works well for oily skin, especially in the summer
– It’s water-resistant
– Fragrance free
– Has a smooth, matte finish

Keep In Mind:
– It has a watery consistency
– Requires frequent touch-ups

Dermacol Makeup Cover Waterproof Hypoallergenic for all Skin Types

Waterproof Dermacol Make-Up Cover

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This is a base that has 50% pigmentation, which is well over the average with most other foundations, and this means that it’s supposed to cover almost anything. Not only that, but it’s also long-wearing and leaves the skin free from imperfections. It’s got a thick consistency and a little goes a long way. It’s also clinically tested and completely water resistant.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Great value for money- comes at a great price
– You only have to apply a little bit to get full coverage
– The coverage is amazing! Provides total and complete coverage with the first layer
– Has a nice floral scent
– It’s long wearing and can last for up to 12 hours without ANY touch-ups
– It’s non-oxidizing and doesn’t smudge on clothes or anything `

Keep In Mind:
– It does wear off in certain areas and breaks down after long periods of time on, but you can counteract this with a little blotting
– It does not cover EVERYTHING, but almost.

Cautions in Using Them

As with anything, it is not for everyone, and might have some negative effects on your skin. Consider some of these points to determine whether it’s really something you should go with before making the purchase.

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If you have oily and acne prone skin, then it’s better not to use water resistant bases, as it tends to be quite hefty on the skin when compared to the powder variety.

You can’t just remove it easily, it actually requires a special dissolving agent, and that might work out costlier than just using normal makeup.

Using it on a regular basis can leave skin looking and feeling dry overtime. Which is why it’s recommended to thoroughly cleanse and moisturize the skin after each time you use it.

Always select the right shade that looks most natural on your skin, as selecting the wrong shade can leave you looking plastic and doll-like.


If you want a foundation that won’t slide off your face while you’re enjoying a leisurely swim, then I’d definitely recommend you try one of these. They all have their pros and cons, but it’s up to you to choose one that has the qualities that you’re looking for. Just remember to get one that’s good for your skin and in the right shade for you. Happy shopping!

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