With the Olympics on the radar, we kind of got to thinking — Every girl needs beauty that works as hard as an Olympic athlete. Right? Products that can withstand heat, humidity, sweat, and even a rigorous workout. So we’ve road-tested, swatched and smeared the best of what’s waterproof, fade-resistant, long-lasting and guaranteed to make your life easier. Read on as we hand out gold medals for the very best in beauty that outperforms and over delivers (under the harshest conditions)…
First things first. Slay over-active armpits with (1) Secret Outlast Xtend ($4). Whether you’re working out or just commuting to work in the torturous summer heat, the last thing you need is a sweat-tuation. Outlast Xtend provides 48-hour odor protection against embarrassing wetness. And we love that you can choose your mood and opt for clear gel or invisible solid.
If going the natural route is your jam, try (2) Reset Yourself ($18) all-natural deodorant is 100% aluminum free and made from an all-natural, order-controlling concoction of Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Arrowroot, and Beeswax. And yes, it works!
Need extra help staying dry? Adhere a panty liner to the inside of your top…where your top and armpit meet (fold it over the seam on the inside of the sleeve). It might sound silly, but it helps absorb sweat like a champ.
Preserve your pretty even through workouts. The key is choosing the proper products. Start with a long wear, foundation that provides full coverage and has the staying power of a highly pigmented concealer. (3) Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46) is your portable solution. It’s waterproof, long-lasting and blends onto skin flawlessly. Available in 26 stay-all-day shades from Blanc to Espresso, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is your new go-to for fade-resistant foundation. Next, keep your cat eye on fleek (yes, even while sweating!) with (4) Sonia Kashuk Longwear Eye Definer ($8). The smudge-resistant, creamy liner combines the ease of a pencil with the look and precision of a liquid. Bring on the drama and show lashes a little love with (5) LashFusion XXL Waterproof Mascara ($26). Infused with lash-building nutrients and Widelash™ (LashFusion’s proprietary active ingredient that strengthens lashes), with continued use, lashes will grow longer and stronger. And when it’s time to take it all off – (6) skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths ($15) are a waterless option for removing sweat and makeup. Each cloth contains a skin-soothing dose of white willow bark and cucumber extract. Ahh!
Want to make your lipstick last all day? Apply lipstick, and then cover lips with a facial tissue. Dust lips (through the tissue) with a loose setting powder. Now apply a second coat of lipstick to your lips. Voila, your lipstick is now bulletproof.
Maintain your mane by simplifying your situation. If you’re a curly girl, embrace your ringlets with (7) Madam C.J. Walker Curl Defining Butter Crème ($26). The velvety formula gives curls frizz-free definition, allowing you to workout and sweat and still keep cute. Prefer to play it straight? (8) Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo ($22) absorbs order, sweat, excess oil and helps to extend the life of your blow out.
Want low maintenance beachy waves? Both curly and straight girls can achieve this look with 4-6 cornrows. Before or after creating the corn rows, spray a styling product or light holding spray. This will help lock in the waves. Undue the cornrows in the morning and voila – beachy waves.
By Felicia Walker Benson @thisthatbeauty