You don’t need to watch the season finale of This Is Us to smudge your allegedly-waterproof mascara.
The wrong mascara requires only a single swipe of the eye to transform your day look into just-watched-The Notebook-chic.
So, how do you find a mascara that stands up to everything from allergy season to the torrential downpours induced by a Nicholas Sparks adaptation?
Keep scrolling for our handy guide to truly waterproof mascara for every budget.
For the Girl on a Budget
Love mascara but not department store prices? Don’t worry. You’ve got plenty of options.
Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline is every girl’s first mascara. And why not? It’s the perfect pick-me-up that delivers even with an amateur application.
A tried-and-true mascara, Maybelline also offers a waterproof mascara. And it is as good as the original version.
Smudge-proof. Sweat-proof. Sad Adam Sandler film-proof.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Retroglam Mascara
Rimmel offers a cheap and cheerful option for waterproof mascara available right from the beauty aisle at the drugstore.
ScandalEyes comes with an oversized wand – perfect for grabbing all those long lashes at the same time. It’s ideal for round, prominent eye shapes and is ideal for creating volume.
It’s also a great one-and-done mascara. No need to reapply at lunch time.
ScandalEyes is the perfect deal for the price point. But if you have very oily eyelids, it may be better to stay away.
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Waterproof
If you have a preferred style of brush, watch out.
Max Factor offers a uniquely shaped brush that is both flexible and bristly designed for easy application.
The brush is the mascara’s real selling point, primarily because so many waterproof formulas are accompanied by oversize brushes.
In terms of the formula itself, the 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper is all about volume. So, it’s ideal for eyelashes that are long but thin.
But Max Factor didn’t quite nail the waterproofing formula. If you’re worried about smudges, you won’t often see them. But this isn’t the mascara to wear if the weatherman says to expect a downpour.
Still, if you live somewhere sunny and don’t often go swimming, the volumizing effect is worth the risk!
Mid-Range Waterproof Mascara
Willing to spend a little more on the perfect waterproof mascara? Check out Clinique (and their prices)!
Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula
Clinique’s Lash Power is all about adding length to lashes.
So if you’re looking to grow the length (but not the thickness) of even your tiniest lashes, here’s your product.
This mascara boasts a long-lasting formula and thermal technology that keep it in place. Clinique says you’ll be smudge-free for 24 hours, whatever the day brings.
Rain, sweat, and tears, Clinique’s long-wearing formula is perfect for those who don’t feel like reapplying throughout the day.
It’s also easy to remove when those 24 hours are up. Use warm water and either your fingers or a cotton pad to wipe and remove.
Luxe (Waterproof) Lashes
Willing to splash out to avoid looking like you’ve just been splashed by a passing car? We’ve found four high-end options that promise not to disappoint.
Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Waterproof Mascara
Givenchy’s mascara curls and elongates lashes with the best of them.
It doesn’t flake or smudge at the slightest touch or even with a good is-it-5’clock-yet eye rub.
Like a magic wand, Givenchy Noir Couture creates Vogue-worthy lashes.
But the best part?
Unlike other waterproof mascaras, which are rightly designed to cling to your lashes, Givenchy isn’t hard to remove.
A gentle rub and a little bit of eye makeup remover take it right off before bed.
Now, there’s a day-to-night look we love.
Benefit BADgal Waterproof Mascara
For long, luscious lashes, Benefit is a great mascara that is also easy to use.
BADgal requires a single application for gorgeous eyelashes. It’s also great for those who find their eyes are irritated by mascara.
As for its resilience in the water, you can take it swimming without worrying about black eyes ruining your Instagram shot.
Benefit is ideal for those who want a simple lengthening mascara. But if you’re looking for something to thicken up your lashes, you’ll want to head somewhere else.
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara
Here’s a fiber mascara that stands up to the racoon-test.
If you’re not already in the know, fiber mascaras are different because they form a little tube around your lashes for extra staying power.
Fiber mascaras are perfect for faking false lashes. All the extension and volume without the time and expense.
A good fiber mascara is also essential for any beauty product lover with extra oily eyelids.
This mascara from Kevyn Aucoin is not actually touted as ‘waterproof mascara’.
But it does get the job done better than many of the low-quality mascaras that claim to protect you from those dreaded black rings.
So, if you’re looking for the effect of false eyelashes with a bonus waterproof element, here’s your mascara.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Waterproof
YSL’s mascara formula is a hit among shoppers looking for a waterproof mascara.
Not only is it long lasting, but it has an even application. So, you have gorgeous eyes for longer.
YSL includes a big brush in the tube. While it may be more complicated for some, the brush creates even coverage. No need to shimmy into the corners or apply over and over again.
This product is also ideal for those who often experience irritation with eye makeup.
If you’re looking for glam lashes and an equally pretty package, YSL is just your style.
Whatever your price range, preference, or skin type, there’s a waterproof mascara out there designed to get you through every part of your day.
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