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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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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."
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.
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."
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.