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5 Game-Changing Hacks Every Woman Needs at Walt Disney World

2. Waterproof your make-up

Splash Mountain

Image: Disney

On the same subject as blotting paper, nothing goofs up a picture with Goofy like realizing your face has started melting like the baddies at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Endless humidity, frequent rain, and those oh-so-fun water rides can leave a girl looking pretty smudged if you don’t take a few precautions.

Personally, I am an advocate for keeping your make-up simple at Walt Disney World. The #nomakeup team definitely has an advantage for touring Walt Disney World comfortably. No make-up is definitely going to mean less hassle and less sweat, though wearing foundation does provide some protection from sunburn. Many women opt for light, natural make-up like BB Creams if that’s all you need. This may not work, however, for the ladies who like a fully made-up face or especially Disneybounders going for a more creative look. Never fear. There are plenty of tricks you can use to keep your face in place while touring even on Disney’s humid days.

A solid primer is the best place to start since it will give your make-up more staying power. I’m personally a fan of ELF’s Mineral-infused Primer since it’s very affordable, but there are plenty of higher-end options as well like Smashbox Photo Finish. You will definitely want to prime your eyes either with an eyeshadow primer or a sturdy cream concealer. The same goes for your lips if you wear lipstick. Once your foundation is applied, moisture management is key. This is the type of vacation where powder is your friend.

Tiana hugging girl

Image: Disney

To really make sure things stay in place, stick to waterproof make-up wherever things are likely to smudge. Waterproof mascara will help prevent Meeko eyes while a quality waterproof eyeliner can last even through a Splash Mountain run. I’ve personally had good luck with Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Eyeliner as well as Stila’s All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner. You can give any eyeliner better staying power by setting it with eyeshadow of the same color (the same way you would use powder to set foundation), and you can double that seal by using an eyeliner sealer like this one from ELF which comes attached to a primer. For lips, in most cases you’ll have the best luck with stains or going natural. If you will be trying a bold lip color, consider trying a stay-all-day lipstick with a coat of gloss.

If you want to make absolutely sure nothing moves, you can also try a make-up setting spray. Some of these do an intense job, so test it out before your vacation so you don’t end up spending your Disney day feeling like you’re wearing a mask. Your make-up definitely won’t budge though!

3. Skip the glass slippers

Women running the Disney marathon

Image: Josh Hallett, Flickr (license)

Every woman has different tastes in shoes, and you only need to look down to see this at work in Walt Disney World. I don’t think I’ve been on a Disney visit yet where I didn’t see at least one woman struggling through the parks in platform heels or fashionista dress sandals. While that’s an extreme example, even supposedly-comfortable women’s shoes can easily turn ultra-painful just a few hours walking in a Disney park. The struggle is real, ladies.

We’ve written about how to keep your feet happy at the Most Magical Place on Earth before, but here’s a few refresher guidelines— if you have to choose between comfort and style while visiting Disney, go with comfort.

My Ecco walking sandals and Birkenstocks are some of the most comfortable shoes I own. Both have failed me utterly on Walt Disney World vacations, leaving me with burning blisters. The same goes for flip flops which are likely to rub the space between your toes raw. Women’s dress sandals generally suck for long walks, and even ballet flats can fail the test of 10,000 steps in a Disney park.

Unless you have the world’s most comfortable boots, your best bet on a Walt Disney day is good old tennis shoes. With socks. Seriously, unless you have some mega-comfortable sandals, you are far more likely to keep your feet blister-free with socks. Bring an extra pair if your feet tend to get wrecked. Changing them mid-day can feel like putting on a new pair of feet!

If you’re concerned about style, you can dress up your tennis shoes with fancy laces, Disney charms, or even fun Disney-themed socks. Hiking boots can work too, but for me, they’ve always felt like overkill on a Disney day. The choice is ultimately up to you, but make sure any shoe you wear to Walt Disney World is well broken-in and tested before your trip.

If you do still get a blister, you can head to Walt Disney World First Aid at any of the parks for a soothing treatment. However, if you want to stop those blisters all together…

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