Sweat-Proof Your Makeup

January 12, 2010

In this fiercely competitive dance world, you need to look dazzling from head to toe at auditions. But how do you keep your makeup pristine after

hours of intense dancing? Half the battle is choosing the right products—ones that won’t drip, wipe off or smudge. Look for makeup that is labeled “long-wearing” or “waterproof.” To get advice on which brands work best, we consulted Liza Macawili, who has been a makeup artist for 19 years, was a professional dancer for 11 years and is currently an audition assistant for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Here is a roundup of her favorite sweat-proof products.



Primer creates a barrier between your face and the makeup, which smoothes skin, prevents breakouts and keeps makeup from moving.

Liza’s pick:
Alison Raffaele Primer: Acne Response Formula



Instead of applying it with your fingers or a foundation brush, try applying it with a sponge. Firmly press the foundation into your skin to help it stay on longer.

Liza’s pick:
Superfit Makeup by Clinique



Waterproof mascara is a foolproof way to ensure that you won’t get residue under your eyes.

Liza’s pick:
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara



Sweat can make little rivers in powder blush. Instead, opt for a cheek stain or tint, which doubles as a lip stain if you’re on a budget.

Liza’s pick:
Tarte Cheek Stain


Lip liner

Create a lip stain that will last by lining your pout with a non-creamy liner. Make sure to moisturize your lips with balm to avoid dryness.

Liza’s pick:
Prestige Cosmetics Waterproof Lipliner


Eye shadow

Long-wearing cream shadows won’t move once they set, so work quickly and start with a light layer of color. You can always add more.

Liza’s pick:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Lock Down



Put it on your eyelids as a base to help eyeshadow stay put.

Liza’s pick:
Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer



Unlike a regular pencil, liquid liner won’t smudge—even if you tear up when you get a callback!

Liza’s pick:
MAC Liquidlast eyeliner


Finishing Powder

Keep makeup in place and control sweat with powder. Dip a fluffy puff in loose powder, scrunch the puff, open it and shake off the excess. Press the powder into your skin, concentrating on your oily T-zone.

Liza’s pick:
Jane Iredale Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder


Photo by Erin Baiano