How to Wear Makeup When Swimming

How to Wear Makeup When Swimming

Do you like to spend your warm summer days lounging at the pool, lake, or beach?? Do you also like to look pretty while doing it?? Here are some tips on how to wear makeup when swimming so you can look your best all day!

Tips for Helping Your Makeup Last All Day in the Summer

Here are a few tips that will help your makeup last all day in the summer heat and water:

  • Try to avoid rubbing your face. The more you rub your face, the higher chance that your makeup will smear or rub off.
  • Set your makeup with setting spray
  • Use a mineral powder sunscreen like Supergoop! Re(Setting) Mineral Powder or Supergoop! Re(Setting) Refreshing Mist. This will allow you to brush or spray more sunscreen on without having to rub an ointment in and then rubbing your makeup off.
  • Less is more! The more makeup you put on, the less it will last. With the water, heat, and sweat, it will start melting off your face and that’s not good! Just apply makeup for the reason you need it: Do you want to even out your skin tone? Do you need to conceal dark circles? Do you need to cover blemishes? Focus on those areas.

What’s the Best Sunscreen for Your Face?

Before you apply your makeup, it’s important to protect your face from the sun with a good sunscreen. But not all sunscreens are created equal and not all sunscreens work well on the face! Here are some of the best sunscreen options for your face:

Elta Md



Neutragena Clear Face


Supergoop (Re) Setting Spray

Paula’s Choice

Supergoop Glow Screen

Best Sunscreen Options

Once you apply your sunscreen, wait a good 5-10 minutes before you apply your makeup. You want the sunscreen to fully absorb into your skin so your makeup applies, blends, and stays well.

The Best Makeup for Swimming

If you are going to be in the water, it’s best to wear makeup that will last! Powder and liquid foundations will easily rub off. But Seint cream makeup consists of Beeswax and Ozokerite Wax which will help it last! The water will bead up on your face instead of washing the makeup off.

Depending on if you want a full face of makeup with highlight, contour, blush, bronzer, and illuminator or you just want a barely there makeup look, you can create the look you want to last all day.

Not sure what colors of makeup look best on you?? Here are a few ways to know what makeup colors to wear:

  • Color Match Quiz: This is a quick way to get a general idea of what colors will look great on you. It takes just a few minutes!
  • Color Match Guide: If you want to decide yourself, you can look through the Color Match Guide to see what shades you think will look great on you.
  • Color Match Survey: This is a great way to get personally color matched by me! I will analyze your coloring and recommend the right products that will look the best on you.
  • Pre-built Collections: Make it super easy and buy a pre-built makeup palette with colors that all look great together. Just find your shade by looking at the images and choose the closest match.

The Best Waterproof Mascara

The most important part of makeup for swimming is mascara! It’s crucial to have a great waterproof mascara so your lashes look great all day! Nobody wants to look like a drowned raccoon, right?! Here are some great waterproof mascara options for swimming:

Covergirl Clump Crusher Waterproof Mascara

L’Oreal Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara

MACStack Waterproof Mascara

Best Waterproof Mascaras

The Best Concealer for Swimming

Most women just want to erase their blemishes so their skin looks flawless. The best concealer for swimming are Demi Correctors. Demi Correctors use color science to help erase distractions on our faces, using the least amount of makeup as possible. When applied with the Spot Brush, those distractions can disappear!

If you want to conceal dark circles and brighten under your eyes, then the Wide Awake Edit is going to be great for you!

If you want to conceal blemishes, then the Erase Edit will be your best friend!

If you want to conceal melasma, varicose veins, and sun spots, then you will love the Rewind Edit.


Use those tips and products when you’re wondering how to wear makeup when swimming. Less is more! Let your true beauty shine. Get out there and enjoy the sun!

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