15 Waterproof Mascaras That Won't Give You Raccoon Eyes

If you have stick-straight lashes, you know that it's always a challenge to build a feathery look that points anywhere but down. That's when you should reach for a waterproof mascara. Thanks to the budge-proof formula, you never have to worry about wilting lashes — or awkward smudge stains — ever again.

Waterproof lashes don't discriminate. In fact, you don't just have to have short, wispy lashes to benefit from a flake-free formula. Whether you have oily eyelids, seasonal allergies that leave you teary-eyed, or simply want to fight the elements at a music festival this summer, a waterproof mascara is your best friend.


Check out our favorite waterproof mascaras, ahead.

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No matter how good a mascara makes your lashes look, it's never truly worth it if the formula leaves them become dehydrated and brittle. Luckily, Milk Makeup recently launched a new waterproof mascara that conditions lashes while it curls, lengthens, and thickens.
Milk Makeup KUSH Waterproof Mascara$24.00 Buy
Considering the fact that this was one of the best drugstore mascaras to come out of 2018, it's no surprise that its creamy, waterproof twin is just as good as — if not better than — the original fiber-infused formula.
Revlon Volumazing Waterproof Mascara$8.99 Buy
Looking for a washable alternative to lash extensions? Consider this waterproof formula that creates bold, dramatic lashes in just one swipe. Bonus: It's under $10.
Maybelline Total Temptation Waterproof Mascara$9.49 Buy
Whether you're sweating on the beach or caught in a torrential downpour, this clump-free formula won't move an inch.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara$23.00 Buy
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 (seriously, 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 Buy
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.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara$24.00 Buy
This defining mascara has teeny-tiny rubber bristles that coat every hair without getting clumpy.
Buxom Cosmetics Lash Waterproof Volumizing Mascara$22.00 Buy
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 Black Out Mascara$29.50 Buy
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$10.99 Buy
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$20.00 Buy
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 Buy
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$23.00 Buy
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$32.00 Buy
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 Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara$25.00 Buy
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