Sweat And Humidity Are No Match For These 12 Waterproof Foundations

From the office to the gym and back again.


Chandre Davids |

The seasons are changing and so is your make-up. Most critical ones? Foundations, foundations, foundations…

Introducing our pick of the top foundations…

If you’re looking for a foundation that can take you from swimming to sundowners, then waterproof foundations are the answer. These foundations are lightweight but still offer a flawless finish while being totally beach-friendly and long-lasting.

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundations

This waterproof formula can be used as a foundation or concealer and won’t budge for a full 24 hours. It won’t leave you greasy either, as it’s oil-free and provides instant and long-term hydration. The formula blends seamlessly into the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.

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Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

R 555

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Urban Decay All Nighter

Get full coverage with a matt finish that never looks overdone with Urban Decay All Nighter. Its oil-free formula will last through your night (and day) activities and it doesn’t require multiple layers to achieve full coverage. Best bit? It diffuses light to blur flaws for beautifully perfected skin as it mattifies and absorbs oil to reduce the appearance of shine.

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Urban Decay All Nighter

R 515

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Estee Lauder Double Wear

A fave in the beauty community, this one is Lauder’s #1 foundation worldwide. Double Wear is oil-free and actually controls the amount of oil your face produces (whoa!). Water-proof and transfer-resistant, you won’t find this foundation melting in even the most humid of weather.

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Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

R 625

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

If you prefer a lighter feel and coverage, try Double Wear Light. Estee Lauder calls it “life-proof” – sweat, water and humidity are no match for this baby. It won’t clog your pores and contains concentrated hyaluronic acid to help skin feel moisturised.

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Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup SPF 10

R 625

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

Get two for one in this foundation and concealer that’s both lightweight and moisturising, giving you a naturally beautiful finish – without the clogged pores. The colour stays true even through sweat and humidity, meaning you can totally go from office to gym and back again without a smudge. Love.

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer

R 575

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STILA Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

Be forever selfie-ready with Stila’s lightweight, high-definition, buildable coverage, oil-free, matte foundation. The formula is ultra long-wearing, water-resistant and is designed to stay on your face all day long.

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Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

R 625

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L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Liquid Foundation

L’Oreal promises that their infallible foundations are waterproof, steam proof, stay matte for up to 24 hours and deliver perfect coverage with zero shine or cakiness.

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Infallible 24hr Liquid Foundation

R 95

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Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

Foundations should do more than just offer great coverage! Studio Skin also evens your skin tone and never settles into pores or lines. Find your perfect match from 40 shades that won’t oxidise. Bonus.

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Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

R 435

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Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid

Instantly restore your skin’s youthful glow with Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid. Containing extracts of chicory and red jania, these foundations works to give you a luminous and radiant complexion while concealing age spots and blemishes.

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Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid

R 540

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NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

Some foundations cause crustiness – but not this one. Experience a gorgeous matt finish without any of the dryness. With NYX Professional Makeup Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation you can cover imperfections and even skin tone without that flat, dry feeling.

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NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation

R 80

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Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation

This lightweight foundation mattifies and refines pores, leaving a natural, seamless finish. Ideal for normal to oily skin, the formula features micro-powders to control shine and blur pores.

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Fit Me Foundation Matte & Poreless

R 43

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Essence Insta Perfect Liquid Make-Up

Find your perfect fit with Essence Insta Perfect Liquid Make-Up. Whether you’re looking for light or strong coverage, the formula ensures a flawless matte complexion – no matter your shade. Available in nine different shades, its convenient drop-packaging allows you to mix and match to create the perfect colour for all skin types.

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Essence Insta Perfect Liquid Make-Up

R 93

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