When you think of summer, swimming pools and sweltering heat come to mind, and the last thing you need is your makeup and beauty products surrendering to the mugginess or that single dive you take underwater. It’s hard to find beauty products that are waterproof or long-wearing against humidity beyond the standard waterproof mascara, but K-beauty brands have taken into consideration all of the distress you might feel as well as the lack of waterproof base makeup available, and they have created products that do their absolute best to prove that you can look incredible in summer without feeling like a hot mess.
Innisfree Long Wear Cushion SPF50+/PA+++
This is one cushion foundation that was solely created with summer in mind. Clinically tested to be sweat-proof and effective in controlling excess sebum, this foundation also claims to last for 12 hours, contains SPF and UV protection, and is waterproof. Compact packaging means you can easily carry it around with you and build on a natural finish to something more full-coverage or pat away at any streaks or creases throughout the day. The cushion contains Jeju mineral powder and green tea, two main ingredients that not only boast skin benefits, but also attest to Innisfree being an environmentally friendly and conscious brand. The only major downside would be the lack of color range, since the foundation only comes in four shades, although the shades are still distinct from one another.
Moonshot Micro Setting Fit Cushion
In collaboration with Lisa, Blinks will be happy to know that one of their favorite girl group members promotes a unique kind of foundation perfect for summer. Weightless with a semi-matte finish, this foundation promises to give the appearance of smooth and even skin without being sticky. A thorough, visual guide showcases how the application and wear of the foundation fares as well as the finer details of the cushion, so before investing in this compact foundation, there’s ample information about the product that works as a guideline. Unfortunately, Moonshot only takes light beige shades into consideration and is ideal for fairer skin tones with only a slight distinction to their colors. Influencer and skincare guru Liah Yoo states that the foundation is a good alternative to YSL Le Cushion Encre de Peau and that a couple of layers won’t make your face look “cakey,” but naturally smooth. And though it isn’t exactly sweat-proof, it does work well with all skin types.
Too Cool For School Perfect Day Makeup Fixer Spray
Combatting humid weather can be difficult when there’s makeup involved, so having a good setting spray on hand makes a world of difference. Too Cool for School’s Perfect Day Makeup Fixer is meant to leave a long-lasting effect so your makeup can withstand harsh climates, oily skin, and sweat. Formulated with rose water and lemon balm, this setting spray promises to moisturize while leaving your skin glowing and refreshed. Its affordability and commitment to preventing makeup from smudging and doing its worst makes this a good addition to your daily summer arsenal.
CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner
Multi-functionality means less clutter and product, and CLIO’s waterproof pencil gel liner is a dual product that acts as an eyeliner and eyeshadow in one. With 14 different colors to choose from, this easy-to-use liner comes with a smudging tip to create a simple eyeshadow look and a built-in sharpener to maintain a precise eyeliner tip for the perfect cat-eye. Containing a waterproof formula imported from Italy that tackles sweat and sebum, the Gelpresso ensures a long-lasting effect.
TONYMOLY Perfect Eyes Gel Tint Eye Brow
K-beauty has some very unique eye products, but nothing compares to the extensive range and types of eyebrow tints out there. If you’re short on time and are in a rush to fill in your brows everyday, then this gel tint eye brow pen is the perfect solution. Claiming to be formulated as a non-irritating product, this tint lasts up to seven days! Created with DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which is a sugar-derived ingredient that isn’t harmful to the skin or eyebrow hairs, the tint applies easily and is gentle against all skin types. The eyebrow tint works similarly to a brow tattoo without all the pain, technical procedures, and money spent!
Etude House Active Proof Shield Wear Color Tint
Summer is the season when people are most active, so whether you’re planning a day at the beach, playing at a park, or relaxing at the pool, having a long-lasting and waterproof lip tint adds the right vibrancy and will make your lips pop! It’s no surprise that Red Velvet is the face of Etude House and promotes this color tint, as the juicy and fruity colors would be a great choice for a summer lip that can be both subtle and bold, giving off that red flavor vibe. Formulated with “shield” technology, the Proof Shield Wear Color Tint is water resistant and promises durability. It’s non-sticky with a smooth application that dries to a matte finish and isn’t too drying and flakey on the lips. Its waterproof properties and affordability make this a must-have for the summer.
Peripera Ink Black Cara Long Lash Curling Mascara
It’s easy to find mascara that’s waterproof, but sometimes water-resistant mascara doesn’t perform as well as you’d like. Peripera’s Lash Curling Mascara, on the other hand, focuses on the final effect and look of lashes after each application first and foremost and then the smudge-proof qualities of the product. Claiming to be clump free, waterproof, long-lasting, and smudge-proof, this mascara is meant to elongate and curl lashes that are usually flat or straight. Manufactured with a curved brush and bristles that align with the natural shape of the eyes, the Lash Curling Mascara finely coats and adds volume. It’s also ideal for those who have “droopy” lashes or lashes that extend downwards, since the curling effect and resistance to smudging will prevent smears or mascara clusters from appearing around the eyes.
So don’t be afraid of those summer thunderstorms that leave you drenched or of making a splash in the pool, K-beauty’s got your face!
Soompiers, what are you favorite long-wear summer beauty products?
debra4040 loves K-dramas, reading a good book in bed, and is a K-beauty enthusiast. You can find her sharing her food adventures, K-drama musings, and love for travel and reading on Instgram and Twitter!
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