{Beauty Panel} Summer Beauty

If you are like me, you would love to appear above the clear turquoise waters exactly as how you entered: fresh-faced and makeup right where you applied it! But many of you know, this is rarely the case! Even if you avoid the water, after spending a day outdoors in the hot, humid weather, makeup can transfer or melt off.

Here are some tips for waterproof, sweat-proof, sun-proof beauty:

  • To prevent your skin from getting shiny on a hot day, wear a primer or matifyer, such as, Make Up For Ever All Mat primer. To protect your skin from the harsh UV rays, wear an oil-free moisturizer with SPF, such as Marcelle Essentials Oil-Free Multi-Defense Lotion SPF 15. Sometimes I like to mix the SPF moisturizer in with my foundation for a sheer foundation coverage with the UV protection.
  • If you’re spending the day in the water, I would recommend Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in #22E and #28E. Cream eyeshadows will definitely last longer than powder in the water. And say goodbye to raccoon eyes with Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow. I have used this as eyeliner and it survived during both my hot yoga classes and swimming sessions!
  • Wear a lip balm with SPF. My new favourite is Carmex Moisture Plus with SPF 15. But if you decide to wear lipstick, choose a matte formula such as Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate.
  • Set your makeup with a setting spray, such as Urban Decay All Nighter Longer-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.
  • If you’ve started sweating, touching up your face with powder can cause clogged pores. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are a better way to reduce the shine: just dab the blotting sheet over areas that tend to get oily.


 Testing my make-up in the pool:

^^ Such an attractive photo! 😛
After an hour of swimming, this is what my make-up looked like after I showered:

{Products used}: 

  • Carmex Moisture Plus with SPF 15
  • Marcelle Essentials Oil-Free Multi-Defense Lotion SPF 15 
  • Make Up For Ever All Mat Primer
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in “#153”
  • Make up For Ever Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in “#25” 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in “#22E and #28E” 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in “#06” 
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Longer-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in “#110”

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    Eyeliner Test

    Everytime I do make-up for a wedding, some of the most common questions I get are… “Will my eyeliner last even after I cry?” “Will my eyeliner smudge throughout the night?” Here’s my answer, “Nope, you are all good!”

    Just to put it to the test, I decided to test 3 eyeliners which I’ve used on clients in the past:

    1. Maybelline New York’s Unstoppable Eyeliner – Onyz – $9


    Waterproof liner glides on to define your eyes effortlessly for ultra-smooth application.

    • Smudge-proof, stay-put formula won’t budge until you want it to
    • Self-sharpening packaging swivels up and down so point is always sharp and ready to define
    • Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, ophthalmologist-tested

    2. Mac’s Fluidline – Blacktrack – $18


    Ultra-smooth, Fluidline’s gel formula provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish. Goes on “foolproof” with a brush in an easy dip-and-stroke action. Long-wearing. Smudge-proof. Lines up in a rich array of colours and finishes. Brush sold separately.

    3. Urban Decay’s 24/7 – Zero -$17


    The best Eye Pencil ever, ever, ever! Never before has a pencil this creamy and brilliant been waterproof, too. Velvety-soft, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.

    Tips: 24/7 Eye Pencils are ideal for lining inner lids because the waterproof formula stays put. Just apply, try not to blink for a sec, and you’ve got immovable liner.

    Experiment: I swiped these three eyeliners on my hand. Let it dry for about 20 min. Ran warm water on my finger and swiped it on all three lines putting light pressure on it.


    1. Swiped the three eyeliners on my hand.
    2. Let it set for 20 min.
    3. Wet my finger with warm water
    4. With light pressure, rubbed my wet finger on one line 10 times.
    5. Repeated two more times for the other two lines.


    All three liners stayed intact. No smudging, no fade in colour!

    After warm water was smudged constantly along each line:

    1. Maybelline New York’s Unstoppable Eyeliner – Onyz
    2. Mac’s Fluidline – Blacktrack
    3. Urban Decay’s 24/7 – Zero (I purposely smudged the line within 30 seconds after applying – just as advertised. Did not smudge further after wetting it)
    Urban Decay’s 24/7 – Zero

    Factors to consider:

    • It wasn’t humid in the room I was conducting my experiment in. Depending on the temperature, it might alter the result.
    • I didn’t set the eyeliner with black eyeshadow. Setting your liner with eyeshadow helps the liner last even longer.
    • The result may differ when tested on the water line.
    • I ran my swiped hand under the running warm water and tried smudging it with my finger….there was a very littlye to none of fading therefore the smudging wasn’t obvious.


    These three eyeliners definitely holds true to what they advertise. Did not smudge until I forced it and even so, it was not noticeable.


    When I first swiped the three liners, I noticed MAC’s Fluidline (Blacktrack) was the most bold and the Maybelline and UD liner were just about the same. UD liner definitely did stay soft and creamy for a while (just like what it said in the description), which allows you to create a smudged smokey look if desired. I’ve been using Mac’s Fluidline for years and when I get feedback from clients, they say their liner has lasted all day. I have personally tried all three and I like Mac’s Fluidline the best.

    Let me know which eyeliners you enjoy wearing! 🙂