8 Waterproof Foundations That Won't Budge On The Sweatiest Summer Days

Bright sun, scorching heat, sticky humidity — the sweet byproducts of the season are happening in full force right now, and our makeup is taking the biggest hit. Mascara is streaking and foundation is coming off on our fingers, shirt collars, sunglasses... everything.

It's tempting to ditch makeup all together in the mornings, but if you want to have your cake and eat it, too (without looking cake-y), there are options out there that'll last through your A/C-free subway commute or a long day spent by the pool.


The following waterproof, sweat-proof foundations have earned the highest marks for stay-all-day coverage — even in the 100-degree heat. Most of them lightweight and buildable, too, so you won't even know you're wearing 'em. Sounds like a match made in heaven... er, summer.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

This formula didn't reach cult-classic status for nothing. In addition to offering 56 shades that cover a wide range of skin tones and undertones, thousands of 5-star reviews will back up its promise of staying in place all day long — even at a water park, as one customer wrote.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup$42.00 Buy

Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation

Makeup artists trust this formula to leave the face and body with a matte finish that won't budge — not even under intense runway lights or extreme humidity.
Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation$40.00 Buy

MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

When your skin is less than perfect and you need a little more help hiding acne and redness, turn to this formula, which will cover and hydrate but never leave you sheer and slick-looking.
MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation$36.00 Buy

L'Oréal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

Apply this ultra-thin formula with a wet makeup sponge, finish with some setting spray, then relish in the fact that you have a flawless base that holds up all day for less than $15.
L'Oréal Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation$14.99 Buy

Shiseido UV Sun Compact Foundation SPF 36

Powder sunscreen is a great way to streamline your makeup routine in the summer. This little blue compact is a beach bag essential because it provides full coverage, SPF, and is completely water-resistant, protecting your skin from all the summer elements.
Shiseido UV Sun Compact Foundation SPF 36 Refill$30.00 Buy

Tom Ford Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer and Foundation

Maintain an even complexion all day with this comfortable, breathable foundation that conceals any imperfections, dark spots or blemishes. It's pricey, but a little goes a long way and it doubles as a two-in-one with concealing power, too.
Tom Ford Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer and Foundation$87.00 Buy

COVERGIRL Outlast Active Foundation

This bargain foundation is designed for oily and combination skin types as it won't clog pores and won't rub off when it comes in contact with water or humidity.
COVERGIRL Outlast Active Foundation $11.99 Buy

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

An influencer-favorite, this stick foundation is ideal for buildable coverage throughout the day. Start with a primer, dot on the foundation, and buff out with a foundation brush. Add some on a few hours later if needed and you can guarantee it won't cake or look heavy.
Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick$46.00 Buy
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