The Best Waterproof Foundations For 2020

With summer fast approaching, foundation becomes our mortal enemy. Sweaty? You become a greasy mess. Pool party? Your base will vanish faster than your Aperol Spritz. That’s why Summer requires a little makeup-bag switch up, to ensure your foundation remains flawless, whatever the weather (and the parties, the hot tubs, the sweat…) throws at it. Read on for our six fave waterproof foundations, and top tips!

The best waterproof foundation for… beach club glam

Ibiza in your travel plans? Chances are you’re looking forward to a day at a beach club. Once you’ve packed your best bikini-and-cover-up combo, decided which wedges you can bare to wear all day, and found the perfect glitter shadow (may we recommend the Beauty Bay Liquid Crystal Shadows?), switch out your foundation to something sweat & waterproof, but also breathable. If you still want that full glam look, without the heavy glam feel – try Revolution Pro’s Full Cover Camouflage Foundation. It’s waterproof, non-transferrable and long wearing, meaning it’ll take beach heat, pool splashes, and close encounters; all without moving or looking ‘heavy’.

The best waterproof foundation for… on the go

Even if a foundation claims to be sweat, water and shine proof, it’s always useful to have a little bit  extra on hand, should something come as a surprise! Little touch ups throughout the day are inevitable, and the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is perfect for on the go. It’s a waterproof, multi-use balm, in a convenient pot – similar to a lip balm container. The creamy formula can be applied with your fingertips, and melts into the skin – blending with your original makeup application flawlessly!

The best waterproof foundation for… a dewy glow

Summer is all about the glowwwww. But don’t rely on layers of highlight, get that radiance just right by starting with a dewy base. Try Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Luminous Foundation – but just because it’s ‘luminous’, doesn’t mean it’s not a hard worker. Its fresh, medium coverage formula can be layered flawlessly, and is water resistant – working up a sweat is nothing for this foundation! Finish with some cream blush and highlight for a natural glow that lasts all day.

The best waterproof foundation for… pool parties & hot tub evenings

When British Summer weather finally makes its welcome appearance, suddenly everyone’s having a pool or hot tub party. Of course you want to don your best showkini (it’s a thing – a showkini for lounging, a real bikini for swimming, duh) and take Insta snaps with the gals – but if you do actually intend to get into the water, you need to think about your base. And no one wants to be that person wet-wiping their face prior to a dip! Cover FX’s Power Play Foundation has got your back, with its completely weightless (but still full coverage) properties, and matte, waterproof finish.

The best waterproof foundation for… getting steamy

Summer romances are the best kind – so don’t let flaky, cakey or vanishing makeup ruin them. When it’s getting hot & heavy, you don’t want to be worrying about how your foundation looks! Turn to Milani’s Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1; its richly pigmented formula is water (and sweat!) resistant, and means you don’t need to worry about concealer and foundation separately – it does both jobs in one. Perfect for if you want to chuck a couple of makeup products in your handbag before a ‘sleepover’, you know, just in case…

The best waterproof foundation for… the perfect match

Even if your makeup does decide to make a run for it in the wake of pool water/ocean spray/general summer sweat, if it matches your skin tone perfectly, it’ll never be a huge disaster (streaky cheeks is a whole other story!) So ensure your waterproof base is the perfect match, with Dose of Colours’ Meet Your Match Foundation – all skin tones and undertones are catered for. And while the Meet Your Match long wear formula is pretty tough against the elements, its seamless blend means that should it run or transfer, all is not lost! A simple dab of a blender in the affected area, and your base is top notch once more.