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10 best waterproof makeup products for hot flushes

There’s little more frustrating than getting your makeup just right only for a hot flush to hit. The menopause can often negatively impact our self-esteem. The last thing we need is for our perfectly placed glam sliding all over the place. 

But fear not, there are things you can do. May we present the best waterproof makeup products to resist hot flushes and keep you feeling as fresh as possible.  

How else does the menopause affect our skin?

The menopause can be an extremely tricky time for our complexions. Fluctuating hormone levels can cause our skin to look and feel drier, and collagen levels decline meaning we may lose some ‘plumpness’. 

While these changes can feel daunting, there are things you can do to boost your confidence and embrace the ageing process.

Waterproof makeup can be your best friend when tackling hot flushes and any extra perspiration that you may experience. Look for moisturising ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, to lock in hydration too.

Waterproof and long-lasting makeup products we love

Studio10 Youth Lift Glow-Plexion, £26

Skin prep is paramount when trying to keep your makeup fresh. Start off your makeup application with a good primer after applying your moisturiser. 

The Youth Life Glow-Plexion from Studio 10, whose products are carefully curated for mature skin, is described as a complexion-boosting 4-in-1 hydrating primer, radiance crème, illuminator and highlighter. 

It uses a unique ‘binding technology’ to ensure that your glam stays put for hours. It also helps to give skin a youthful glow, minimise pores and even out your complexion. Use LIZLOVES for 20% off at checkout.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, £39

If you like a little extra coverage from your foundation but would also like it to stay put, Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Foundation is a great option. It promises good-for-skin ingredients and a matte finish.

It contains a ‘magic matrix’ of hydrating and anti-ageing ingredients, blurs pores with an airbrush effect, and promises to be sweat-proof, waterproof, humidity-proof and transfer-resistant, as well as moisturising for up to 24 hours – meaning it’s ideal for mature skin.

Sounds too good to be true? The highly-rated Airbrush Flawless Foundation is up there as one of Charlotte Tilbury’s best-selling products of all time.

Pro tip: waterproof foundation can often have a thicker consistency. Apply your base with a damp makeup sponge to help ensure an even, lighter coverage and avoid it looking cakey.

Rimmel London 100% Waterproof Mascara, £6.99

Affordable and highly-rated, Rimmel London’s 100% Waterproof Mascara does what it says on the tin (or should we say tube?). 

This formulation is fast drying with a waterproof and run-resistant finish, and isn’t tested on animals. It also gives you the best of both worlds with volumising and lengthening properties.

Pro tip: remember to remove waterproof mascara with an oil-based eye-makeup remover.

delilah Cosmetics Eye Line, £20

This waterproof eyeliner from Delilah Cosmetics, a beauty brand loved by Liz and the Wellbeing team, has a super-soft and creamy texture. It glides beautifully onto the eyes without smudging or fading for up to 12 hours.

It comes in two different intense shades, Coal and Twig, and there’s also a handy sharpener on the other end of the product to allow for precision application every time. No panda eyes here! Use code LIZLOVES for 20% off at checkout.

Beauty Pie Longwear Cream Shadow Stick, £30 as guest / £9.50 as member

Creamy eyeshadows are better suited for mature skin rather than powders as they’re easier to blend. They also help to avoid making fine lines around the eye area appear more prominent. 

Beauty Pie’s Longwear Cream Shadow Stick promises ‘smudge-proof, crease-free, perfect colour’ and there are scores of different shades. We love Wild Violet and Velveteena.

The shadow sticks are made using an Amino Acid derivative flat powder for a water-resistant yet creamy and lightweight formula, allowing you to wear for up to eight hours without creasing, flaking or fading. Save £10 on a Beauty Pie membership with LIZLOVES.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour, £18

Extra perspiration can often cause perfectly groomed brows to turn not so… perfect.

Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour has a unique formulation that mimics your real brow, leaving them looking naturally defined without smudging or running. We love it!

delilah Cosmetics Lip Line, £20

Delilah Cosmetics’ Lip Lines are another great waterproof and longwear makeup option.

Similar to the brand’s eyeliners, these come with a super-soft creamy texture to glide onto the lips without smudging or fading for up to 12 hours.

There are three different shades – Naked, Pout and Buff – to pair with your favourite lipsticks and glosses for extra staying power. Remember to use LIZLOVES for 20% off at checkout.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £28

Even if you don’t want to invest in a whole new makeup bag, a setting spray can help to keep in place what you’ve already got. And this setting spray from Urban Decay has thousands of five-star reviews for a reason. 

It promises to keep your makeup looking fresh for up to 16 hours without fading, smudging, or settling into fine lines. It’s also suitable for all skin types. Apply over your finished makeup look.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, £34

If you’ve been left looking a little too dewy after a hot flush, a loose powder can be the perfect way to matte things down a little. 

Steer clear of anything too heavy, and opt for a translucent powder instead.

It may not be the cheapest, but Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder is cult for a reason. Customers sing the product’s praises for keeping makeup put. Expect 16-hours of transfer-resistant wear, without looking cakey.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Reviving White Tea Facial Mist, £15

Keeping a refreshing facial mist on hand for when the hot flushes hit can help to keep you as cool as a cucumber. 

We love Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Reviving White Tea Facial Mist. It can be used over makeup and helps skin to feel instantly hydrated and soothed.

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