4 Athletes Share Their Favorite Sweat-Proof Makeup Products

Sweat is a summer certainty. You can swipe that deodorant twice, put your hair up into a bun, or wear as little clothing as possible — still walking outside will have you dripping in perspiration within minutes. So, on the hottest summer days, it can feel like putting on a full face of makeup is a total waste. Why dedicate time to get that eyeliner just right, only to have it melting off just a few short steps out in the sun? It's pointless.

However, there are makeup formulas that can stand up to a sweaty situation. While many products are labeled "long-wear," the products ahead are athlete-approved. From soccer players to surfers, we asked the pros to share the cosmetics they rely on in the most extreme conditions (and we mean, extreme). These products can withstand punches in the face, running across a field, and dunking underwater. So, your daily sweat output should be an easy task.


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Natalie Vie, Professional Fencer

Vie was the first Latina fencer to represent the United States at the Pan American Games last year, and she currently ranks No. 5 in the country. No matter how big the stage, when Vie puts on her uniform, it's showtime. "I think of a fencing competition as a show and that means looking like I’m ready to perform," she says. "So, my hair and makeup have to be on point."

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara

As a vegan and ecotarian, Vie sticks to cruelty-free makeup brands. Her favorite waterproof mascara comes from Pacifica, and it's petroleum-free and kelp-infused. “I can wear this the day of a competition and know that it will last while I'm sweating under my uniform," she says.
Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara$14.00 Buy

Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil

While you might assume that athletes avoid eyeliner during a competition, Vie swears by this pick that stays on her eyes and off her face while fencing. “This black, long-wear eyeliner is actually the most natural-looking eyeliner that I have ever used," she says. "It's a little less of an intense black than others, so it still gives me the natural look that I want when I’m competing."
Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil-Baby's Got Black$0.99 Buy

Sarah Thomas, Professional Boxer

There's no messing with Thomas, who is an accomplished Jiu-Jitsu fighter, mixed martial artist, and professional boxer. Last year, she won the MSG Ring Masters Championships in New York City in front of a sold-out crowd. While in the ring, Thomas uses products that can survive 10 rounds — and the punches that come with each one.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer

With extremely intense training, Thomas set out to find budge-proof makeup that keeps her looking awake, including this go-to product. “Working out six days a week, twice a day is exhausting," she says. "So, when I look for makeup, I want it to make me look like I am well-rested, even as I'm in the middle of training for a big fight."
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye$26.00 Buy

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Forget waterproof, this punch-proof mascara earned a spot in Thomas' makeup bag due to its resilience. “In female sports, it's not often we're wearing extensive makeup," she says. "I have worn this [mascara] during multiple fights, and it doesn’t smear one bit — even after a few jabs to the face."
COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara$6.99 Buy

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF

Growing up on the beaches of Long Island, Thomas loves to be under the sun, and this foundation with SPF has proved itself at the beach and in the ring. “This product has lasted me during long runs, training sessions, and modeling shoots," she says. "But the SPF is why I have worked it into my core group of cosmetics."
It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+$39.00 Buy

Kimberly Yap, Amateur Surfer

A former beauty pageant titleholder (Miss Hawaii Filipina 2017), Kimberly Yap transitioned into competitive surfing a couple years ago, and it's critical that her products can withstand full submersion. "Having products that are waterproof in the salty ocean is incredibly important to me," she tells Refinery29. "But at the same time, I love staying natural and being true to myself while enhancing my features."

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

Yap tries to avoid wearing too much makeup while competing — because, well... water — but one product you can surely catch her in is highlighter. It's her glowing trick to standing out. "This gives my skin a long-lasting glow in even the toughest waves," she says. "It’s small and compact, so it’s easy to carry around and a little goes a long way."
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter$39.00 Buy

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

Competing out in the ocean, Yap is exposed to a lot of sun. "This foundation can go from early morning photo shoots straight to surfing, all without causing breakouts or oily skin," she says. "Plus, with the SPF 40, I never have to worry about sun damage while I’m out on the water."
It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40$39.00 Buy

NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

The last necessity in Yap's wave-proof routine? Long-wear lipstick. "You just need one application and these little gems will stay on through long nights on the catwalk as a pageant contestant or adventures through the Hawaiian jungles," she says. "Not to mention, they're affordable."
NYX Professional Makeup  Soft Matte Lip Cream, Leon$5.99 Buy

Rachel Hill, Professional Soccer Player

A rising star in the National Women's Soccer League, Hill currently plays forward for the Orlando Pride. During her years playing in the Florida sun and at the University of Connecticut, Hill found her favorite budge-proof makeup products that can make it up and down the field.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

For game days, Hill relies on one long-lasting makeup product. "With the amount we sweat, a waterproof mascara is a must," she says. "It also rains a lot through the summers here in Florida, and I like knowing my mascara won't end up all over my face before halftime."
Maybelline Eye Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara $6.99 Buy
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