Wa­ter­proof make-up

Friday - - Beauty -

Foun­da­tion: Kat Von D Lock It Tat­too Foun­da­tion (Dh175, Sephora.ae) This foun­da­tion has a thick for­mula and of­fers full cov­er­age, so it may be too much for the beach if you pre­fer a more nat­u­ral look – but it would be ideal for a pool party or night out on a warm UAE evening. I tested its stay­ing power by ap­ply­ing just be­fore a shower and al­low­ing the wa­ter to run over my face for a few min­utes – and sure enough, it held fast. A few ar­eas needed to be smoothed over af­ter­wards (such as around the nose and un­der eyes, where it mot­tled a lit­tle un­der the wa­ter) – but that took a mat­ter of sec­onds and the cov­er­age was once again per­fect. Over­all, a very im­pres­sive re­sult – and a great in­vest­ment for a sticky UAE sum­mer. Mas­cara: May­belline Colos­sal Vol­ume Ex­press Mas­cara Wa­ter­proof (Dh65) The for­mula of this mas­cara gave long, flut­tery lashes with­out any clumps. I ap­plied it be­fore head­ing to the pool, test­ing its wa­ter­proof power by dunk­ing un­der the wa­ter sev­eral times. I emerged with­out any streak­ing or run­ning, which was a good re­sult. Lashes didn’t look quite as long and flut­tery after get­ting wet, but that’s a small price to pay to be re­as­sured you won’t be left with streaky eyes if you are hit by a wave in the sea or de­cide to take a dip in the pool. Eye­liner: Deb­o­rah Eye 2 in 1 Gel Ka­jal & Eye­liner (Dh42, Lifestyleshops.com) Kohl eye­liner is an easy way to add some glam­our to a beach look with­out wear­ing too much make-up – but it can be hard avoid­ing a panda-eye look when you go swim­ming or the weather sud­denly heats up. That’s why we were so im­pressed with this af­ford­able kohl eye­liner, which held fast dur­ing a long shower with­out a sin­gle streak. In fact, the line un­der my lashes was just as per­fect after the shower as it was be­fore. Be pre­pared for it to take a while to re­move at the end of the day, how­ever, as it doesn’t budge eas­ily. Brow Pen­cil: Sephora Re­tractable Brow Pen­cil Wa­ter­proof (Dh59) This slim, pre­ci­sion pen­cil makes defin­ing brows easy, whilst the re­sult is very nat­u­ral. I ap­plied it in the morn­ing and car­ried on with my day, tak­ing a shower mid-af­ter­noon and then study­ing my brows in the mir­ror to see how well it had held up un­der the wa­ter. A few ar­eas looked a tiny bit faded, but I was im­pressed with the re­sult over­all. Adding a prod­uct like this to your make-up bag means you can de­fine your brows in the morn­ing and feel con­fi­dent they will be de­fined all day long – even on the sweati­est days of a UAE sum­mer. It’s a good price, too. Eye­shadow: The Balm Bat­ter Up Long-Wear­ing Eye­shadow Stick (Dh64, Gla­ma­zle.com) This easy-to-ap­ply eye­shadow stick has a creamy, blend­able tex­ture and looks great on lids. I wore it on the beach for a whole morn­ing and it fared very well against sweat and sea­wa­ter. After a shower at home, it was still vis­i­ble but needed a quick smooth-over with a fin­ger to even up the ap­pli­ca­tion. I was im­pressed, as eye­shad­ows doesn’t gen­er­ally stick around for long – and with such easy and trans­portable pack­ag­ing in the form of the stick, you could throw it into your bag eas­ily for reap­pli­ca­tions on the go.

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