When it comes to your summer makeup look, melty raccoon eyes typically aren't on the agenda. But going mascara-free all summer long won't satisfy the lash lover within us, so we rounded up some sure-shot ways to keep your peepers a-flutter all summer long. From the long-reigning king of summer eye makeup—waterproof mascara—to semi-permanent wake-up-and-go options, here's to going to great lengths. Waterproof Mascara—From colorful hues to volumizing and lengthening formulas, these waterproof wands offer mascaras that will stay put through any of the steamy weather or watery festivities summer can throw at you. Just don't forget the makeup remover!
Eyelash Tinting—A wonder for those with lighter lashes or a way for sun worshippers to keep their lashes bold and black, lash tinting lasts 4 to 6 weeks and, except for the appointment, is no-fuss. "With tinting, you're just making lashes darker, so if you want thickness and drama you can still use mascara," says Boom Boom Brow Bar owner Malynda Vigliotti. And if you're worried about safety, check out what type of dye your salon uses. "We use a vegetable-based dye that's made especially for lashes," says Vigliotti. "And at the Boom Boom, we do our lash tints sitting up, so the product won't go back into your eye. We also thoroughly flush your eyes out with sensitive formula saline so that you are clean and crystal clear when you leave."
Giannfranco Ferré fall '11 image courtesy of Redken.
Semi-Permanent Coating—For truly effortless yet seriously defined lashes, go for LashDip, a new semi-permanent professional lash coat. With a price tag of $250, it's definitely on the expensive side, but LashDip lasts up to six weeks and can be applied over natural lashes or lash extensions. Here's the deal: LashDip wraps an extra dark, fully waterproof coating around each lash and works like a mascara to add curl, volume, and length. Plus, it's buildable, so you can pick your level of lash intensity. “My clients are loving LashDip for summer because they can enjoy the sun and go swimming without having to sacrifice thick, lush lashes," says New York-based lash professional Courtney Akai. "And unlike mascara, LashDip won’t run or flake." LashDip doesn't contain aniline or formaldehyde and the only upkeep is a bottle take-home of sealant for touch ups.
Fake It—We know—faux lashes aren't waterproof, but if you want to some instant zing, try Winks by Georgie. We definitely have a soft spot for these babies: They're natural, handmade, and reusable; come in refillable compacts; and the Georgie lash adhesive is formaldehyde, paraban, and phthalate-free and contain botanical ingredients like skin soothing organic blue chamomile and a natural lavender scent.
Winks by Georgie in La Cherie, $25, available at Neiman Marcus; L.A.M.B. fall '11 image courtesy of BeautyPress.