We typically think of summer as the time for waterproof makeup since there’s so much sweating, hitting the beach, pool partying, and fighting back tears of joy at a friend’s wedding. But really, every season calls for waterproof mascara. You never know when you’re going to get caught in a downpour or accidentally rub your eye, so this makeup staple is always in season.
To withstand all the elements without achieving the raccoon eyes, you’ll need one of the best waterproof mascaras in your makeup bag of tricks. After all, the one thing you don’t want is your mascara running down your face the minute you emerge from a swim. With these nine products, your lashes will go the distance and last through the day and night — no matter what’s in store.
1. Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
Might as well start with the eternal classic: Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. America’s drugstore favorite has been around forever for a reason — it works — and it has also proven you don’t have to spend a fortune on designer mascara wands. The conditioning, lash-doubling formula isn’t drying and it glides on to build great lashes as you apply the product, so you can choose the level of lash intensity desired.
2. CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPro by LashBlast
Another drugstore go-to is easy, breezy, beautiful CoverGirl. The brand has not just one, but a number of mascaras that will serve you quite well. Try the Plumpify BlastPro, which yields bold, high-octane lashes and a reported 50x volume boost. The twisted, double-action brush vertically lifts without clumping. And of course, its stay-in-place waterproof formula will ensure you’re ready for your close-up.
3. Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant
Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Smoky Extravagant lasts, well, as close to forever as you’d want in your waterproof mascara. The brand was founded by an artist who started her career as a body painter. This means she knows all about the importance of staying power in products. It builds “extravagant” volume yet also creates precise and defined lashes up close for the best of both worlds. You don’t even need falsies.
4. Christian Dior DiorShow Black Out Waterproof Mascara
Another star of the show when it comes to waterproof products is Christian Dior’s DiorShow Black Out Mascara. Not only does it deliver intense volume outlined in the blackest of kohl black pigments, its ultra long-lasting, waterproof polymer formula was actually inspired by lip gloss to create a lacquered effect. You may even be accused of wearing faux eyelashes when you swipe this mascara on.
5. Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara
You don’t want to burn off — or sweat off — your mascara, and that’s where Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara comes in. Feeding your lashes with three times the volume, the product is also smudge-resistant and a good pick for sensitive eyes.
6. Avon Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara
While Avon’s Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara may not have quite the same dramatic, lash-enhancing effect as others, it’s a good everyday mascara for those simply looking for a for a little more length and thickness. The hypoallergenic formula can weather any type of water, and it also washes off easily with soap and water.
7. Lancôme Définicils Waterproof
Everything else is high-definition, so your mascara might as well be, too. Lancôme Définicils is celebrated for its lash-defining power, plus the waterproof formula has carefully selected polymers that coat each lash from root to tip to help outline while staying in place. So, you’re now free to watch that tear-jerking movie in HD, of course.
8. Benefit BADgal Lash
If we were to buy a product solely based on its cheeky, charming packaging, then Benefit Cosmetics would win every time. Luckily, the brand is not just a pretty face. There’s substance behind all that style. For example, the BADgal Lash Waterproof Mascara helps you flaunt the fullest lash look with a specially designed slim brush that will reach every lash. Plus, it is both long-lasting and smudge-proof — rain or shine, swim or sun. After all, “Bad” girls finish first.