The Best Waterproof Mascaras That Won't Budge
- Whether you're heading on a beach vacation or planning on crying your eyes out at a wedding, a waterproof mascara is key.
- Finding a waterproof mascara that checks all the boxes can be difficult, but we rounded up the absolute best.
- Keep scrolling to see all of our picks for the best waterproof mascaras.
There are a lot of reasons you could need a heavy-duty, waterproof mascara. For one, summer is coming, and summer means it's really hot out there, which makes for some sweaty situations and, by default, a smeared-mascara situation — if you haven't found your trusty waterproof hero yet.
There's no trust like the trust you put in a waterproof-mascara formula. Whether you're swimming in a pool, preparing for a particularly humid day, or bawling your eyes out during a heartfelt moment in your favorite rom-com movie (we don't judge), you're putting your faith in that tiny tube of mascara that it won't leave you looking like a raccoon when it's all said and done.
Long-lasting, waterproof mascaras aren't hard to come by, but finding one that really — and we mean really — works is. Only the toughest, most resilient waterproof formulations will do. Waterproof mascaras work by utilizing a chemical called dimethicone copolyol, which is a water repellent. The chemical allows the makeup to adhere to the lashes without fear that water will remove it. When it's time to remove your waterproof mascara, you'll want to make sure you treat your eyelashes with extra care. Make sure you're using an oil-based makeup remover and that you're generous with the amount you're using.
To make your search for your perfect match a little easier, we rounded up the best waterproof mascaras ahead and our favorite waterproof-mascara makeup remover to make sure you have all your bases covered.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
The Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($27) is the same award-winning formula that you've been using for years but waterproof. The brush lengthens and separates, which gives your lashes extra volume. You can fearlessly use it at the beach, in the pool, at a wedding — the possibilities are endless.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Dior Diorshow Waterproof
The Dior Diorshow Waterproof ($30) comes in three waterproof colors: blue, brown, and black. The pointed brush allows you to reach every lash and coat it in a volumizing formula that leaves lashes long and long-lasting all day.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara
The MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara ($25) packs on the volume and gives your lashes a lengthened look, but most importantly, it stays put. The brush is perfect for separating lashes so you can see every single hair lengthened.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
This drugstore hero is highly regarded for not just its ability to lengthen and volumize your lashes but also its ability to really stick. You could swim in the Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara ($8) without any problems. Plus, this mascara is a classic — you can't go wrong when wearing it.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara
The Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($29) gives you the same dramatic volume that you know and love from the original formula, but now in waterproof format. It's perfect for when you really want your lashes to do all the talking for you.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara
For just $5, the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara ($5) delivers dramatic volume, thanks to its cone-shaped brush, that doesn't budge. Side note: this one is an editor favorite for its amazing brush that lengthens lashes.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara
The Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara ($21) gives you lengthened, thicker-looking lashes without any clumps and is resistant to sweat and humidity. If you're looking for a 10/10 waterproof mascara, look no further.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara
The Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara ($27) has a thick, large brush that gives you high-volume, intense lashes. If you're looking to make a statement, this product is for you. That, coupled with the waterproof formula, makes this one a bestseller.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
The L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara ($12) will give you touchable, soft, long, fluffy eyelashes. As its name suggests, it's perfect to bring on a tropical vacation because the formula won't run if it gets wet. Plus, the applicator brush is perfect for adding volume.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Buxom Lash Waterproof Volumizing Mascara
The Buxom Lash Waterproof Volumizing Mascara ($23) helps define and separate lashes for a full, dramatic look. It's perfect for wearing to an event when you need your mascara and makeup to last all day.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara
When a mascara gives you megavolume like the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara ($6), you don't want it to come off too easily. This waterproof formula stays in place until you take it off at the end of the day, which makes it an easy favorite.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Milk Makeup Kush Waterproof Mascara
The Milk Makeup Kush Waterproof Mascara ($26) contains heart-shaped fibers and hemp-derived cannabis-seed oil to condition lashes. Since waterproof mascara can be hard on lashes, a product that helps condition them is always a plus.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara
The Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara ($24) is the waterproof version of the beloved original formula. It gives you perfectly curled, lifted lashes, all thanks to the fluffy mascara wand. The fact that this comes in a waterproof formula only sweetens the deal.
Best Waterproof Mascaras: Maybelline New York Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara
As the name suggests, the Maybelline Volum' Express the Falsies ($9) really does create that coveted false-lash look. The curved brush lifts and separates your eyelashes to individually coat each one in the black pigment. This is definitely one of our top choices for the best drugstore waterproof mascara.
Best Waterproof-Mascara Remover: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof
When it's time to take off your long-lasting waterproof mascara, you'll want to use a product that can get the job done without doing damage to your lashes or skin. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover ($8) is your best option. The product has over 27,000 reviews on Amazon, and it's known for being able to easily remove waterproof makeup.