We all know that summertime is supposed to be the time of carefree beauty, where we all resemble a wholesome commercial view of glowing skin, minimal makeup and lips that blush from summer fling kissing.
Which is awesome on television, but in real life, we all know that it’s hard to forsake a good black eyeliner and mascara even on the hottest of days, which can turn you from rocker hottie to melted mess in a matter of minutes between 100-plus degree heat, sweating and humidity.
Do not fret, my pet. I am a firm believer in the dark kohl eye and lush lashes no matter what the heat index says, so I’ve tested a whole SLEW of eyeliners and mascaras to see which ones won’t combust or cause a fuss. Here are my top five meltproof eyeliners and mascaras. They are in no particular order:
Best all-around for the price: CoverGirl Queen Collection Lash Fanatic Waterproof Mascara and Queen Collection Vivid Impactf Eyeliner: Sincerely, one of the best drugstore combinations out there. You can even use the smudge tip to get it where you want it before it sets. Just hit your eye with a blast of cool air for about two minutes to make sure they’re both nice and dry. Please also know that they will not kill your eyes if you wear contact lenses, which is a particular advantage in my book.
Best post-workout meltproof eye look: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara and Eye Studio Master Drama eyeliner: Great Lash sells like hotcakes for a reason – it WORKS, even when your skin is hot from a workout. I’ve also extolled my love for this eyeliner before (and was even featured in a Target display for it.) Apply the liner first, let it set for three minutes (cold air again) and then apply two coats of mascara and also apply two minutes of cold air for a great look that lasts.
Best range of colors for meltproof liner & mascara: Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash and Aqua Eyes Eyeliner – This was a brand created by a woman who did makeup for performing artists, particularly water ballet performers. Hence, if it can stay put underwater, it can most definitely handle humidity and sweat. Any of the Make Up For Ever Aqua products have incredible waterproof capabilities and they come in every color under the sun. They make pink and yellow eyeliner. Enough said.
Best meltproof cat eye: Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara – A party gal’s best makeup friend, this can create the world’s most perfect cat eye/retro glam look with practically bulletproof staying power. Apply the liquid liner, let it set for five minutes, then lash out on those lashes for gorgeous look-at-me eyes that won’t say “look away” later.
Best natural meltproof eye solution: Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner and Lights, Camera, Splashes! Waterproof Mascara - It’s easy to refer people to Tarte cosmetics not only for their foolproof formulas, but for their firm stance on using natural ingredients and reducing their carbon footprint. This waterproof eyeliner has a built-in smudge tip so you can smoke your eye out before it sets and the mascara gives you mindblowing lashes with length and definition.
Heat-tested, glamour approved. Go out and get yourself some meltproof eye makeup. Goodness only knows we can use it THIS summer.