Beauty

Tried and Tested: 14 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 formula 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, it stays put all day long yet washes off easily with the help of a little makeup remover.

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 up 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, then 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.

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 the lashes before washing your face.

Whether you’re going to the beach or hitting a summer festival, here are 14 best waterproof mascaras that will withstand water, heat and all the other summer elements.