The Best Waterproof Mascaras for a Smudge-Proof Summer
“You never know when you’ll get emotional,” says Delina Medhin, laughing, as she considers the benefits of the best waterproof mascaras. The celebrity makeup artist, who works with the likes of Issa Rae, goes on to explain that waterproof mascaras are “transfer resistant,” meaning as your schedule picks up again, you won’t have to worry as much about your eye makeup smudging throughout the day, whether you’re sweating on the subway, planning to hop in a pool, or shedding a few tears at a summer wedding.
Celebrity makeup artist Ariel Tejada, who counts Shay Mitchell and Rosalía among his clients, notes that waterproof mascara is an invaluable part of his kit on set. “We are constantly having to wipe on, wipe off, and put on multiple eye makeup looks. The mascara stays in place and allows me to move quicker without it smudging all over the place,” he says.
Since waterproof mascaras are, well, resistant to water, Medhin suggests using a two-part oil-based cleanser to remove it at the end of the day. Two of her favorites include Farmacy Green Clean and Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. “Both are wonderful,” she says.
Below, seven of the best waterproof mascaras to help you have a smudge-free summer.
L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
“This is a classic mascara,” Medhin says of her favorite. “It layers beautifully, and it’s one that you’ll see in almost every makeup artist’s kit.”
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
Tejada says this mascara “does a really good job at lengthening and thickening the lashes; just the formulation itself is so good.”
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara
Housed in Chanel’s signature black and gold tube, this mascara does it all: lengthens, separates, curls, and adds volume to lashes, keeping them in place from day to night. Vitamin B5 adds nourishment to protect lash health and keep them from clumping.
Shiseido Imperial Lash Lengthening Mascara Ink
This mascara focuses on no-smudge lengthening. Its crown-shaped brush tip makes it easier to reach the inner corner of their eye and bottom lash lines for a completely defined eye.
Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara
This natural ingredient-based mascara works well for those with sensitive or allergy-prone eyes. Infused with mamey and avocado oil, the formula nourishes lashes and aids in their growth.
Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara
This cult classic mascara’s waterproof formula will stay put for 24 hours. It’s infused with supple waxes to ensure that your lashes remain soft and don’t dry out.
Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara
Dior’s Waterproof Mascara includes castor oil for a smooth, growth-promoting finish. The formula’s waxes—including beeswax and candelilla—allow for buildable volume, and the large makeup artist–recommended brush offers additional definition.
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