With stick-straight lashes like mine, it's always been a challenge building a fringe that points anywhere but down. That's why I always reach for waterproof mascaras. They give my wispy lashes a lift, and because of their budge-proof ingredients, they never end up running or smudging under my eyes.
So, as the temp and humidity start to climb, I find myself falling back on tried-and-true tubes that I know will hold a curl and survive the elements. Sure, these stubborn formulas are tricky to take off, but a good oil-based makeup remover (my favorite is
Lather's cleansing oil) makes quick work of all that inky, clingy color. Looking for a waterproof mascara to get you through summer? Check out the following slides for our fan-favorites.
Sex And The City'
s Mr. Big, Lancôme's Monsieur Big mascara is
reliable. The creamy formula and large brush beef up limp lashes, holds a curl all day, and stays on without smudging, whether you're stuck on a hot, overcrowded train or diving head first into the Atlantic Ocean (
Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara,
Not only does this mascara hold a curl and manage to stay smudge-free all day, but the curved head makes it easy to grab those hard-to-reach inner and outer corner lashes.
Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara, $6.99, available at
If you're looking for a volumizing — and
clumpy — mascara that will give you a false-lash effect, this one is definitely the way to go. The best part? It doesn't budge all day — even if you have to schlep through the city during a rainstorm (we tested).
Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $23, available at
This defining mascara has teeny-tiny rubber bristles that coat every hair without getting clumpy.
Lash Waterproof Mascara, $20, available at
This long-wearing mascara creates any effect you want. One coat offers subtle, fluttery definition, while two or three layers produce stunning volume.
Diorshow Blackout Waterproof, $29.50, available at
This waterproof mascara has us seeing double — in a good way. Comb the white primer end of this wand through your lashes to help build volume, then, switch to the mascara side to coat them in glossy blackness.
Voluminous Superstar Waterproof Mascara, $9.76, available at
If you were to put on an impromptu synchronized swim routine, this is the mascara you’d want to have had the foresight to put on beforehand. The gel-like formula adds length and volume without feeling heavy, and it stays flake-free all day. Go ahead — jump in that Olympic-sized pool.
Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, $20, available at
Although this clump-defying mascara is technically water resistant (read: not
waterproof), it manages to stay on our lashes all day without flaking. Just don't go diving into any pools.
Clump Crusher Waterproof Mascara, $7.99, available at
This waterproof version of the best-selling Smoky Lash mascara stays put even on the hottest, stickiest day of the summer
will have everyone asking you if your lashes are real.
Make Up For Ever
Aqua Smoky Lash, $23, available at
This new mascara goes a step beyond waterproof with a sweatproof formula that guarantees coverage on even your sportiest — or just most hectic — days. The universally-flattering shade of black-brown makes it ideal for when you want to keep it natural, but still need a bit of a boost on the DL. (Like, say, at the gym.)
Lifted Sweatproof Mascara, $23, available at
A curling mascara that gives you the effect of a lash lift without the salon appointment. Beauty writer Mi-Anne Chan confirms it's the kind of mascara that
budge even after an hour-long hot yoga class.
Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara, $14, available at
Finally, this cult formula got a makeover that's friendly to oily eyelids everywhere. It promises 24-hour wear, but who really needs that? All that matters is it's got you covered through hot yoga.
Giorgio Armani Beauty
Eyes To Kill Waterproof Mascara, $32, available at
that makes everyone who tries it fall in love? Somehow, it exists. Chalk it up to the thin wand, the gripping bristles, the jet-black pigment, or just plain old magic.
Bad Gal Bang Mascara, $24, available at