Not all waterproof mascaras are created equal. Here’s our edit of the very best.
I dont know many women who will happily go sans mascara. On the odd day (granted, theyre few and far between) that I’ve opted to go bare lash I’ve been pelted with comments like, oh, you look tired, or are you ill? or, my favourite; whats happened to your face?! Sigh.
Maybe the fact that we think its odd to see a woman without make-up is a wider cultural issue but, regardless, we love the magical properties of mascara. Simple. However, the dilemma many of us face usually around twice a year, when we can’t use our regular choice of mascara, is what the hell do we do on holiday? Theres nothing worse than mascara running down your face on a hot day (definitely not attractive), and a mascara that can happily withstand swimming/sun bathing/long leisurely walks/pool parties and various forms of carnage, is a must.
Traditionally, waterproof mascaras are quite dry in texture they kind of have to be to withstand a soaking and while that bodes well for water-proofing, they can flake onto the tops of the cheeks and make lashes look wiry and brittle.
Luckily, there are a few gems out there laugh in the face of the poorer waterproof formulas, that will stay on your lashes through wind, sun and rain (while lengthening, thickening and curling obvs) – you can find these and more on our sister site Powder.
Removing waterproof mascara is an art and an ordinary make-up remover wont cut it. Look for oil-based removers that will break up the formula without damaging your lashes. A couple of favourites include Smashbox Its a Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover, £16.50, and Benefit Theyre Real! Remover, £14.50.
This mascara is a forever favourite. Im a huge fan of Clinique mascaras in general but this waterproof offering is great. It doesnt feel drying and it wont flake or slip off in high heat.
If you want dramatic lashes that you can easily wear swimming or at the beach then this is the mascara for it. It really delivers and impact and while you can of course opt for black theres a shocking blue or a more subtle brown on offer too.
This is a new favourite of mine. The celebs love it too (Kim Kardashian is rumoured to be a fan). Its adds length and definition and has a super inky-black formula that really makes your lashes stand out.
Max Factor False Lash Effect has long been a beloved mascara; it makes lashes look almost fake. The waterproof version does this plus it defies temperature and water.
This formula has staying power like nothing else. Not only can you swim wearing it until your hearts content, but you can go hell-to-leather in the gym too without it so much as migrating to the skin under the eyes. This stuff is great.
As you might expect from the name this mascara gives a wide fan of glossily defined doll-like lashes. On its own its a brilliant mascara thats also great worn on your bottom lashes as it doesnt transfer onto the skin but its defiantly immune to water too making it a favourite.
A couple of coats of DiorShow mascara gives bold, glossy and dramatic lashes. The waterproof version is just as amazing and lasts all day if youre hitting up the beach, spending the day in the pool, or just attempting to get to work in torrential rain. Naturally, theres a blacker-than-black shade but theres also a vibrant electric blue or more wearable rich brown.
While this mascara is called No Smudge and it does do a very good job of staying put its also waterproof. It lengthens, curls and doesnt run, clump or flake. Its a clever little thing.
Our favourite BADgal mascara has a waterproof counterpart and its long-wearing, smudge-proof and volumising. What more could you want?
Not technically a mascara but this product is brilliant nonetheless. Just a apply a couple of coats of the topcoat over your favourite mascara to make it waterproof. You can even apply it over false lashes. Its called Genius for a reason.