10 Waterproof Mascaras That Prevent Panda Eyes

Girl Water On FaceLet the cute animals be the only ones with black eyes. Nothing says “time for a summer makeup bag update” like being mistaken for a dark-eyed animal after you spend the day swimming while wearing regular mascara. (Why do we never remember to wear a waterproof one until it is too late?) In addition to trying to beat the humidity, finding a non-frizzing hairstyle and getting a foundation that won’t melt off our faces, the warmer months demand a mascara that doesn’t run down our cheeks at the first mists of moisture.

Here are 10 mascaras that will stay put through swimming, sunbathing and everything in between:

1. e.l.f. Essential Regular & Waterproof Mascara Duo

Elf Waterproof Mascaa

If you spend the majority of the week in an office where the only chance of you getting wet is if you spill your coffee on yourself, a waterproof mascara may not be a necessary investment. This dual-sided mascara has one regular end and one waterproof side, for the times you need it.

2. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

If you find that waterproof mascaras tend to flake like a very crispy croissant, this one resists flaking, smudging and clumping. It’s also safe for those of us who wear contacts.

3. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara

With a name like that, you’re just asking for me to go dunk my heavily-mascaraed eyelashes in a pool. The lightweight gel formula stays put on even the most avid of swimmers, which I assume must mean mermaids.

4. COVERGIRL Lashblast Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara

Covergirl Clump Crush Water Resistant Mascara

If you absolutely loathe waterproof mascara because it is a bitch to remove, you’re not alone. This non-clumping, water-resistant formula will offer some protection against an unexpected rain drizzle but won’t make you swear like a sailor when you attempt to remove it.

5. Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara

If you love your regular mascara too much to trade it in for a waterproof one, why don’t you compromise and get this Bobbi Brown one? It can be worn over any regular mascara and it’ll turn it waterproof. Or you could always just wear it by itself…

6. Revlon Fabulash Grow Luscious Waterproof Mascara

Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof Mascara by Fabulash

If you’re worried about waterproof mascara doing serious damage to your lashes, this gentle mascara has a lash-enhancing formula that conditions lashes and makes them stronger with every use.

7. DIOR Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

If you’re looking for something a bit more fun other than your usual black waterproof mascara, this one comes in a vibrant cobalt blue. Now your eyes can match the brilliant blue waters of the ocean.

8. bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara

Are you looking for a waterproof mascara that is actually kind to your eyes? bareMinerals‘ version is paraben-free, and contains no synthetic dyes or fragrances. It even has antioxidants and natural extracts that strengthen and protect lashes. And of course, it still holds up to water.

9. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

I have never attempted to wear false lashes while swimming because I don’t want people to mistake me for a sea creature when I emerge from the ocean and my eyelashes are on my cheeks. This waterproof mascara has a spoon brush that gives you length to rival falsies. Plus, it’ll stay put while you go diving.

10. YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof

If the prospect of one colored waterproof mascara wasn’t enough for you, allow me to introduce you to another one, and it’s purple. It also comes in blue, brown and black, but I suggest you give the violet color a try.

(Photo: Carlo Dapino/Shutterstock)

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    • Alana Vincenza

      After many times leaving a sad movie with panda eyes, I’ve given in to waterproof mascara, and it’s wonderful.

    • ChastityBriner

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    • Sri

      The cannonball mascara is amazingly waterproof, but it doesn’t like to come off. It didn’t come off with any of the makeup removers I had, even the one recommended to me by the person who sold me the mascara. Like, at all. Not that it was difficult or time consuming, but that it laughed in the face of the makeup removers I tried. Some of my friends who have tried it said that it was very irritating to sensitive eyes, even in people that can wear other kinds of waterproof mascara. All that said, I’ve purchased it again because somehow “waterproof” and “smudge-proof” products tend to be anything but on my eyes.