A fail-safe waterproof mascara should be in every woman’s makeup arsenal. Life is always throwing onions/downpours/hayfever/weepy movies at us, and it helps to be able to deal.
I’ve long been a fan of waterproof mascaras, sure they’re harder to remove (unless you’re using Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish which dissolves all stubborn makeup with ease), but waterproof mascaras last longer, won’t smudge or crumble and also give you incredible lashes – if you use the right ones.
I’ve been researching the waterproof mascaras of the moment to find out which ones you can wear in the pool on vacation, or on your trip to the movies to watch Dunkirk. These mascaras stay put, and for that, I love them dearly.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise
This flake free volumizing mascara helps to spread out your lashes and keep that high definition color all day long. It’s a great budget find for only $7.49–8.99 and is well worth swapping your regular mascara with. It keeps lashes full looking for hours and can even withstand a shower.
Covergirl LashBlast Plumpify Blast Pro
Seriously, who comes up with a name like LashBlast Plumpify Blast Pro? You’ve got to hand it to the folk at Covergirl, they know how to make a product sound like it’s going to send your lashes to outer space. What I love about this product though is the helix twist applicator brush that helps distribute mascara evenly while plumping up your lashes for maximum impact. This mascara lasts and lasts – you can even wear it swimming. I have! ($11.49)
MakeUp Forever Aqua Smoky Extravagant
This mascara from MakeUp Forever ($24) means business – it has over 500 bristles on the brush which means application is out of this world. My lashes were standing right to attention and the nourishing waterproof formula didn’t crust off or crumble by the end of the day. I love that the color is intensely black – I like a little drama at the beach.
Tarte, Lights Camera Splashes Waterproof Mascara
This Tarte mascara ($23) does it all – curling, volumizing, lengthening and conditioning. It will make your lashes look lusciously long and defined, and won’t melt down your face when you’re sobbing or sweating at the gym. (It’s ok to cry at the gym by the way. Things hurt.)
Tom Ford Waterproof Extreme Mascara
Life can be extreme at times, right? So why shouldn’t your mascara? This resilient formula from the luxury man of makeup, fine fragrance, and fashion, is the one to beat. Sure it’s crazy expensive, but when you have a piece of Tom Ford in your makeup bag, suddenly the world feels a bit more refined. The smudge proof formula won’t cake off and delivers intense definition for hours on end. An indulgence for the eyes. ($45)
MAC Cosmetics Haute and Naughty Waterproof Lash
As a contact lens wearer, I have sensitive eyes but this waterproof number from MAC Cosmetics is super comfortable to wear and doesn’t irritate. The color and volume are buildable and the formula is durable. The dual wiper system in the bottle means you can’t overcharge your brush, so flawless application is a breeze. ($22.50)
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