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Whether on the silver screen, scrolling through Instagram or on the pages of a magazine, you can find footage of celebrities anywhere and everywhere crying tears of joy, diving into the ocean during their beach getaway, or working up a sweat during an intense workout. No matter the scenario, their mascara seems to always be intact. So, what’s the secret to mascara that doesn’t run, budge or flake? Finding the best waterproof mascara.
It’s a trick that all celebrity makeup artists are quite familiar with when it comes to keeping their A-list clients’ lashes from smudging. Even in humid weather, regular mascara is prone to smearing. Plus, waterproof formulas have come a long way, offering everything from lengthening and curling to volumizing, delivering the lush lashes we all crave.
Whether you’re hitting up the event circuit, heading to the beach or doing hot yoga, we’ve rounded up some of the best waterproof mascaras that will keep lashes lifted. Read on for our top picks, including mascaras beloved by Hollywood makeup artists responsible for the red carpet looks of Yara Shahidi, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence and other stars.
1. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more beloved option than the original, non-waterproof version of Too Faced’s Better Than Sex, which is the best-selling prestige mascara in the country. It has racked up countless rewards, as well as the approval of celebrity makeup artist Emily Cheng (who has used it on Yara Shahidi). Each swipe — and you can do a few sans any clumping — delivers impressive results, extending and volumizing lashes every time. The innovative hourglass-shaped brush grasps every lash for a fluttery, feathery effect.
2. Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara
Makeup artists Kate Lee and Beau Nelson are both fond of Inimitable Waterproof Mascara (which they’ve used on clients Lily-Rose Depp and Kristen Stewart, respectively) One of the best long-wear waterproof mascaras, this formula contains pro-vitamin B5 that keeps eyelashes hydrated, while the unique blend of waxes offers natural-looking volume. The brush is designed to separate and coat each lash (including those fine ones) for a multidimensional effect.
3. Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline truly has a cult following, so it’s no surprise that its volumizing Lash Sensational waterproof mascara is a crowd-pleaser. Available in a variety of shades, this formula gives lashes a full-fan effect thanks to the wand’s ten layers of bristles that offer buildable volume. While it brings on the drama, it doesn’t bring on clumps. Most impressively, it’ll only cost you the price as a fancy latte.
4. Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara
BEST FOR SENSITIVE EYES
Clean beauty buffs won’t have to worry with Ere Perez’s Avocado Waterproof Mascara, which is suitable for sensitive skin and eyes. This volumizing formula offers full coverage and 24-hour wear, and it’s also one of the best waterproof
5. Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara
BEST FALSIES EFFECT
If you’ve ever wondered where the name comes from, Diorshow refers to the fact that this mascara was actually developed for makeup artists to use backstage at shows. That explains all that lash drama. The carefully created brush is designed to grab every last lash to lift and curl it, delivering that coveted false eyelashes effect. Take it from the runway to your very own catwalk of life and you’ll see that it lasts for up to a whopping 24 hours.
6. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara
BEST NOURISHING FORMULA
A quadruple threat, Tarte’s four-in-one waterproof mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions. Even better, it’s spiked with lash-loving ingredients, including Tarte’s proprietary Skinvigorating beeswax, a natural waterproofing agent that keeps the mascara in place through rain and sweat. There’s also mineral pigments to soothe and soften lashes, as well as carnauba wax to guarantee it applies smoothly.
7. Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Waterproof Mascara
Armani Beauty’s Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara has earned cult-favorite status among stars and Hollywood insiders by checking off all the boxes: It volumizes, lengthens and defines lashes for 24-hour wear. (Jennifer Lawrence’s makeup artist, Jillian Dempsey, keeps it in her kit.) The secret ingredient might be the Microfil technology, which boosts the textures of lashes, while the patented, asymmetrical oversized brush has a bristle weave design to catch every eyelash.
8. Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara
BEST BLACK MASCARA
Sure, there are lots of black mascara, but Urban Decay’s scores points for being the blackest of blacks. You know the type — the ones that really make lashes pop. And it now comes in a waterproof formula! Every coat brings on length and volume without any clumping or dryness. To make your lashes look just as beautiful from the inside, the formula is spiked with a nourishing combo of proteins, amino acids and honey extract.
9. Lancome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara
Big, bold lashes will be yours for up to 24 hours, courtesy of the unique oversized brush with wavy bristles. Lancome’s smudge- and sweat-proof Monsieur Big Waterpoof Mascara (a favorite of Lupita Nyong’o’s makeup artist, Nick Barose) is packed with polymers and waxes so that it glides right onto lashes, instantly plumping them up. Unlike many other waterproof mascaras, this one feels light as a feather all day long.
10. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
BEST DRUGSTORE MASCARA
As the best drugstore option, this L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise waterproof mascara volumizes and lengthens, extending lashes to create a full, feathery fringe. You’ll never have to worry about flaking, smudging or clumping with this formula that simply won’t budge. Lashes are left soft and luscious all day long.
11. Eyeko Beach Waterproof Mascara
BEST FOR THE BEACH
True to its name, Eyeko’s waterproof mascara has such impressive smudge-free staying power that it will even withstand a long hot, sweaty day at the beach. Sweep it on for maximum lashes — it instantly lifts, curls and adds volume. The formula is infused with coconut oil and waterproof pigments to make it last.
12. Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara
BEST FOR PRECISION APPLICATION
Givenchy’s mascara wand boasts a unique three-ball brush design that is able to separate and coat every last lash, including the baby hairs. As a result, the luxury house’s Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara coats lashes from root to tip, providing definition, length and curl. It’s formulated with the brand’s Lash Booster Expert Complex and cotton nectar that nourishes, strengthens and protects lashes.
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