13 Mascaras That Won't Give You Raccoon Eyes

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.

Unlike Sex And The City's Mr. Big, Lancôme's Monsieur Big mascara is very 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 (we tested).
Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, $25.00 Buy
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.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
If you're looking for a volumizing — and slightly 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).

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $23, available at Too Faced.
This defining mascara has teeny-tiny rubber bristles that coat every hair without getting clumpy.

Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara, $20, available at Sephora.
This long-wearing mascara creates any effect you want. One coat offers subtle, fluttery definition, while two or three layers produce stunning volume.

Dior Diorshow Blackout Waterproof, $29.50, available at Sephora.
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.

L'Oréal Voluminous Superstar Waterproof Mascara, $9.76, available at Walmart.
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.

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, $20, available at Urban Decay.
Although this clump-defying mascara is technically water resistant (read: not quite waterproof), it manages to stay on our lashes all day without flaking. Just don't go diving into any pools.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Waterproof Mascara, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
This waterproof version of the best-selling Smoky Lash mascara stays put even on the hottest, stickiest day of the summer and will have everyone asking you if your lashes are real.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash, $23, available at Sephora.
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.)

Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara, $23, available at Sephora.
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 will not budge even after an hour-long hot yoga class.

Etude House Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara, $14, available at Soko Glam.
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 Sephora.
A volumizing, water-resistant mascara 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.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara, $24, available at Sephora.
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