Let 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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