Tried and Tested: 15 Best Smudge-Free and Waterproof Mascaras

Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer when it comes to our summer beauty needs. Between the humidity and rain, a waterproof version of eye-defining mascara is the way to go. The resilient formulas won’t melt in the heat or run off in the water, all while providing lashes with the volume, length and curl of a regular mascara. The best part is, they stay put all day long yet wash off easily with the help of a little makeup remover.

What’s the best waterproof mascara?

A solid waterproof mascara gives lashes a full look without drying them out, resulting in flaking or brittle lashes. Our favorite formulas have a smooth consistency that makes it easy to coat lashes. Waterproof formulas are generally light and will boost your curl factor since they’re not being weighed down, while those that deliver dramatic volume tend to be on the heavier side. If you’re looking for a natural look, make sure the mascara you choose has a good reputation for being clump-free and separating lashes. The area around the eye naturally produces oil so if you have oily lids, look for a product that is smudge-proof, too.

What’s the best way to remove waterproof mascara?

When it comes to removal, opt for an oil-based makeup remover — traditional ones won’t be as effective and will require borderline abrasive rubbing, which is a no-no for the delicate skin around the eyes. Using a flat cotton pad soaked in a dime-size amount of remover, gently pat down the pad along the lash line and slowly move it down and over your lashes before washing your face.

Here are the 15 best waterproof mascaras that will withstand water, heat and all the other summer elements.

  1. Urban Decay
  2. MAC
  3. Dior
  4. Benefit
  5. Too Faced
  6. Eyeko
  7. Tom Ford
  8. Maybelline
  9. Buxom
  10. CoverGirl
  11. Chanel
  12. Clinique
  13. L’Oréal Paris
  14. Lancôme
  15. Make Up For Ever

Don’t let running mascara ruin your summer. Check out the slideshow above for the lowdown on the best waterproof mascaras out there.

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