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None of us want to have a melt down like the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz when someone splashes us with water. (Image: Thinkstock)

Bye, Bye Raccoon Eyes: Secrets for smudge-proof summer makeup

It's no secret among us women that the 'sexy summer carefree look' is anything but easy breezy. Diving in the water is dreaded after boarding a boat or sunbathing with perfect makeup. Black smudged raccoon eyes, anyone?
None of us want to have a meltdown like the Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz when someone splashes us with water. So I got two of Seattle's best makeup artists, Katya Gudaeva and Tiffany Penton, to share secrets on how you (and your eyeshadow) won't scream 'I'm melting!' after getting wet.
Secret to Smudge Proofing:
Primer! Both MUAs excitedly advised this as the most important item.
"Using face and eyeshadow primer is crucial!" saidf freelancer Katya Gudaeva. "Don't forget to apply eyeshadow primer on the lower lid as well to prevent mascara and eyeshadows from creasing and smudging."
Gudaeva's clientele ranges from local designers to companies like Subaru, Amazon, Julep, Samsung, and more. With even rockstars like Macklemore and Zola Jesus trusting her with their faces, it's safe to say using her technique works.
Have A Routine:
Tiffany Penton is Best of Western Washington's Top 5 Makeup Artists and taught at the Euro Institute of Skin Care. With her expertise she has the best routine for all day makeup wearing down to a science - especially if her clients are going to get wet!
She suggests these rules:

  1. Apply sunblock first before any makeup is put on.

  2. Start with the eyes; use a shadow primer! Primers are your best friend!

  3. Waterproof or resistant mascara and liner are a must (If you are wearing false lashes, try using the Black waterproof Duo glue).

  4. Multi Pots like Seattle's Gabriel Cosmetics's should then be used on eyes, cheeks and lips. A bronzy powder blush can be added to the apples of the cheeks applied in a patting motion to almost melt the blush into the skin!

  5. Use a powder 2-3 shades darker than your completion as a non-orange bronzy look.

  6. Use a lip liner over the whole lip which will stay longer than a lipstick around water. Lips get sun damage too so don't forget SPF on them!

Get Great Water Resistant Makeup:
Gudaeva's advice for mascara would be to grab Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay. Bobbi Brown also has waterproof cream eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras.
"My favorite waterproof black mascara and eyeliner are both by Make Up For Ever," Gudaeva explained. "Dany Sanz, Creator and Director of Makeup For Ever, ensures that every waterproof product created doesn't see the market until it passes the test by professional synchronized swimming team!"
Penton suggests Maybelline Great Lash mascara and MAC fluidline liner.
If you're buying local, Seattle has wonderful all natural makeup companies with water resistant products such as Gabriel Cosmetics, Mineral Fusion and Larvera.
Reversing the Raccoon Effect:
We're not party poopers; we can get wet! However we can only do so much to make sure our eyeliner and makeup don't create dark circles and smudges.
If you do get raccoon eyes from playing in the water, Penton said, "Use a makeup wipe then reapply concealer- not foundation- to set it for a quick fix. Use your finger to smudge out any shadow that has moved."
Gudaeva shared a fun eye makeup savior: compact, easy to use q-tips with makeup remover!
"You also can try to avoid using mascara/eyeshadows on the lower lid to avoid smudging. Having blotting papers handy is a good idea as well," she added.
Lastly, my personal advice for looking like perfection soaking wet or sunbathing is to have a great time! Seattle summers are short and makeup may smudge. However with these tricks and a fun smile, you'll look lovely regardless.