11 of the best waterproof mascaras

Not all waterproof mascaras are created equal. Here’s our edit of the very best.

Words by Katie Thomas

There are three occasions in life that when your regular mascara won’t do: a wedding, a sweaty gym class and when you go on holiday. At times like this, the best waterproof mascara is required.

There’’s nothing worse than mascara running down your face and sometimes even the best mascara wont cut it. So a mascara that can happily withstand ugly crying/Barry’s Bootcamp/a spin class/swimming/sun bathing/pool parties/ugly crying is a must.

Traditionally, waterproof mascaras are quite dry in texture, which is intentional as they have 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, those aren’t the best waterproof mascaras. But there are a few gems out there that will stay on your lashes through everything. From wind, sun and rain to sweat, tears and hotel pool water, all the while lengthening, thickening and curling obvs. If you want everything to be waterproof, read our best eyeliners piece to find the best waterproof eyeliner.

There are colourful options (like YSL’s fun offering), natural options (thank you Suquu) and the downright outrageously fabulous options (yes that’s you Dior). We’ll find the right one for you.

F.Y.I removing waterproof mascara is an art and an ordinary make-up remover won’t cut it. Look for oil-based removers that will break up the formula without damaging your lashes. A couple of favourites include Smashbox It’s a Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover, £16.50, and Benefit They’re Real! Remover, £14.50. Douse a cotton pad with either of these and press and hold for 10 seconds onto your eyes. Don’t drag at your lashes at it’ll damage them.

A waterproof mascara is almost as important as your sun protection when it comes to packing for a hot holiday. Almost.

So take a look at our gallery to find one that tickles your fancy…


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