* Mascara that will last all day and into the night
* No flaking, smudging or clumping
* Waterproof, sweatproof, play-proof
Waterproof mascara used to be a very temperamental product as most formulas tended to be extra clumpy, flake off after a couple of hours of wear, or were nearly impossible to remove at the end of the day.
The new generation of waterproof mascaras have come a long way, however, and the options below are all bestsellers in their original formulas, so it makes sense the that their waterproof versions would perform just as well. These mascaras promise a dramatic look while staying flake-free, clump-free and won’t leave your face full of smudges after a long, hot day in the sun.
A few quick tips for waterproof mascara users:
-Oil-based eye makeup removers are the best and gentlest way for removing all mascaras, but especially when it comes to waterproof
-Make Sure not to let the mascara dry too long between coats
-Try and get one with conditioners or vitamins as waterproof options tend to be harsher on the lashes
-All options below have been ophthalmologist tested and are contact lens safe
1. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
The L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara is a must-have staple in any makeup wardrobe. This classic mascara has been a bestseller forever due to its intense volume building capabilities that builds lashes up to 5x their natural thickness. Their waterproof formula just takes this mascara up a notch with the same volume maximizing formula while keeping you smudge-free through all your favorite summer activities.
2. Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express
Another great drugstore find is Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara. This volume and plumping mascara is infused with collagen and features a specialized “mega brush” to instantly build 9x the volume in just one coat, all without any clumps. The waterproof version is ophthalmologist tested and is easily removable with eye makeup remover.
3. L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara
L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise Mascara was the mascara to own when it launched last year, continues to be one of its all-time bestsellers and according to L’Oreal, one is sold every 5 seconds. This mascara is similar to the Voluminous one above, however, Lash Paradise gives you both the volume with the addition of intense length in just one coat. Their waterproof version uses the same, silky formula that glides on easily to deliver a feathery soft lash without any flaking, smudging or clumping and is easily removed with any waterproof eye makeup remover.
4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced’s mega-popular Better Than Sex Mascara comes in a waterproof version that keeps its original volumizing formula with the addition of high-performance and water-resistant polymers for waterproof, sweat-proof and play-proof wear. The mascara is also infused with unique peptides to give you the deepest, intense color while special conditioners work to keep your lashes in the best shape possible.
5. Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Lancome’s Monsieur Big Mascara is one of their latest mascara offerings and it is good. Their waterproof formula contains the same features as the regular version and their large brush with its unique shape that delivers the perfect amount of formula from the very first stroke. This sweat and smudge-proof formula that glides onto lashes to deliver extreme volume for up to 24 hours. The waterproof version does not require touch-ups and does not flake.
6. DIOR Diorshow Mascara
Finally, the Diorshow Mascara, the tried and true cult staple that gives you that lash-extension effect, has a waterproof version as well. This mascara that gives you an ultra-dramatic eye makeup look that lengthens, thickens and curves your lashes. Their Waterproof formula uses their exclusive Aquastop, a water-resistant technology to ensure your mascara stays in place and holds its own in any circumstance whether its while swimming, splashing or even crying.