The ladies are wet, wet, wet

If you want to avoid panda eyes and make-up overkill on hol­i­day, says Sarah Caden, then get out your wa­ter­proofs

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Make-up rules are dif­fer­ent on hol­i­day. Or they should be, any­way. There will al­ways be those who paint them­selves up as usual and then look com­pletely over­done and try-hard in the bright sun­light, but you don’t want to be one of them. You want to look re­laxed, re­freshed and ra­di­ant, but, if you’re over 22, you might find that a tiny bit of as­sis­tance is re­quired in achiev­ing this. The prob­lem with make-up on hol­i­day, how­ever, is that the con­di­tions and the cos­met­ics aren’t the same as at home. You’re hot, you may be a lit­tle sweaty, you are smear­ing on sun cream and, more than likely, you’re tak­ing a dip. This is a recipe for panda eyes and make-up slip­page, un­less you go wa­ter­proof. And wa­ter­proof make-up is much bet­ter than it used to be.

There was a time when it stayed on, even when you were ready to take it off, and it was lim­ited to mas­cara. Now you can get al­most any make-up in wa­ter­proof form and, with a good oil-based make-up re­mover, it will shift at day or night’s end, too. It’s make-up made for hol­i­days, when a lit­tle goes a long way, but you don’t want it go­ing a long way down your face.

BEST OVER­ALL Smash­box Full Ex­po­sure Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara, €22, Arnotts; se­lected phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide

Typ­i­cally, what is ap­peal­ing about wa­ter­proof mas­cara is also what is aw­ful about it. Which is to say that you buy it hop­ing it will stay put in warmth and wa­ter, but then it won’t come off at all, at all. And af­ter a cou­ple of days of wear, in­com­plete re­moval and ap­pli­ca­tion of ad­di­tional lay­ers, you have clumps of dried-out, brit­tle lashes. No bat­ting, for fear they’ll break. “This is a pleas­ing wa­ter­proof, that wasn’t flaky, clumpy or ut­terly im­pos­si­ble to re­move,” said one pan­el­list. “It looks like non-wa­ter­proof. Which is a com­pli­ment.”

BEST PLAIN PEN­CIL Chanel Stylo Yeux Wa­ter­proof in Ar­doise, €24, Chanel coun­ters na­tion­wide

Chanel do a good wa­ter­proof pen­cil, in an im­pres­sive range of colours, and this was part of its spring 2015 re­leases. It’s a deep grey, which makes it a good hol­i­day choice for black-eye­liner devo­tees. Black is too harsh in the sun, but this will give you the def­i­ni­tion, as well as wa­ter­proof stay­ing power. With any wa­ter­proof eye pen­cil, let your eye cream soak in be­fore you ap­ply it — oth­er­wise it won’t set se­curely, as the emol­lients will melt it. “A strong colour that’s not too se­vere,” one pan­el­list said. “I love the knacky parer in the lid, too.”

BEST WON’T-BUDGE BASE Mac Pro Long­wear Nour­ish­ing Wa­ter­proof Foun­da­tion, €36.50, Brown Thomas and BT2

For a beach or swimming-pool hol­i­day, only a few will want wa­ter­proof foun­da­tion. But then, city breaks or hol­i­day day-trips might see you seek­ing some­thing shift-proof. Or, just maybe, you need some­thing that won’t melt down your face on a balmy hol­i­day evening. This could be the an­swer, as it’s a stayer, but not at all dry­ing or mask-like. “It prom­ises a satin fin­ish, and that’s what you get,” said a pan­el­list. “You need a creamy or oily cleanser to get it off, but it’s worth it.”

BEST AQUA­MA­RINE EYES Smash­box Al­ways Sharp Wa­ter­proof Kohl Liner in Ca­bana, €20, Arnotts; se­lected phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide

Yes, another Smash­box. They do good wa­ter­proof, clearly. These pen­cils are self-sharp­en­ing, so you al­ways get a clean line. You sim­ply twist the lid anti- clock­wise, be­fore turn­ing clock­wise to re­move it and, hey presto, a sharp nib. There is a good range of low-key to loud shades in the range, but we like this bright green for a hol­i­day flash of colour. “Al­ways Sharp is right, and to­tally stay-put,” a pan­el­list said. “A find.”

BEST HOL­I­DAY LASHES Clar­ins Truly Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara in Aquatic Green, €26, Clar­ins coun­ters na­tion­wide

This is ab­so­lutely not as scary as it looks. It’s sub­tle enough, with the colour only pop­ping out when it catches the light. For a lit­tle emer­ald flash, ap­ply it, over a coat of black mas­cara, to the tips of your lashes. If you’re the type who likes a lit­tle bit of pool-side adorn­ment, it’s ideal. “I love the colour of this. It’s not OTT, but it’s dif­fer­ent, and I like that on hol­i­day,” said a pan­el­list. Pic­tured, from left, Smash­box Full Ex­po­sure Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara; Chanel Stylo Yeux Wa­ter­proof in Ar­doise; Mac Pro Long­wear Nour­ish­ing Wa­ter­proof Foun­da­tion; Smash­box Al­ways Sharp Wa­ter­proof Kohl Liner in Ca­bana; Clar­ins Truly Wa­ter­proof Mas­cara in Aquatic Green

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