Waterproof mascara that’ll stay put through rain, sweat and tears

Not all waterproof mascaras are created equal, but rest assured that these are the best

I love mascara. In a toss up against good eyebrow products, it would probably come out on top as my favourite make-up bag product. And when it comes to waterproof mascara I won’t go on holiday, brave a funeral or step foot in a gym without it.

These days, the best waterproof mascara is just as good (if not better) than your run-of-the-mill smudgeable one. While waterproof formulas of days gone by didn’t always make your lashes look anything exceptional, in 2018 they can lengthen, curl and volumise just as well as the best mascara.

Lash tinting is another great option for holidays but waterproof mascara is much more affordable, so rifle through our hand-picked favourites below to find the right one for you. You might never look back.

Rimmel Day 2 Night Waterproof Mascara, £7.99, Boots

Waterproof Mascara Rimmel

Everyone loves an offer. I mean BOGOF gives us life, no? Well check this one out – two mascaras for the price of one. One for daytime that lengthens and one for the night that volumises. And both of them are waterproof. Mic. Drop.

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MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara, £20, John Lewis

waterproof mascara MAC

Who better to ask for a formula that’s good enough for make-up artists than Make-up Art Cosmetics themselves? Think In Extreme Dimension mascara, but waterproof: expert definition that withstands the smudging effects of day-to-day life in an ultra-black, eye-enhancing formula. Cheers, MAC.

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Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara, £8.20, Feelunique

waterproof mascara Max Factor

We love Max Factor False Lash Effect, you love Max Factor False Lash Effect, we all love Max Factor False Lash Effect. Guess what: you’re gonna love the waterproof version too.

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Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, £19.50, Fabled

waterproof mascara Clinique

Clinique is renowned for excellent mascaras (bottom lash, anyone?) and their waterproof one also has a brilliant reputation; it’s the go-to in my family for funerals, which says it all really. It won’t flake down your face and it’s available in brown if you prefer a softer colour than black.

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Benefit BADgal Waterproof Mascara, £19.50, Cult Beauty

waterproof mascara Benefit

Our favourite Benefit BADgal mascara also has a waterproof counterpart, and it’’s long-wearing, smudge-proof and volumising. What more could you ask for, really?

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Dior DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara, £27, John Lewis

waterproof mascara Dior

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 you’re hitting up the beach, spending the day in the pool or your own wedding. Naturally, there’s a blacker-than-black shade but there’s also very wearable rich brown that looks super natural.

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Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, £21, Feelunique

waterproof mascara Lancome Monsieur Big

If you’ve tried Lancôme’s new Monsieur Big mascara and loved it – fat, volumised lashes that pack a punch – then we’ve got some good news for you: It’s also available in an equally punchy waterproof version. Hurrah!

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Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, £25, John Lewis

waterproof mascara Bobbi Brown

This one is cited by many as their every day mascara because it’s particularly good for slightly sensitive watery eyes. It amps up lashes so well that you wouldn’t know it’s waterproof, but it really does work wonders when it comes to withstanding water, sweat, tears… etc.

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Waterproof mascara remover

Last but not least, you’ll need something that actually has the power to remove these moisture-resistant formulae, because warm water ain’t gonna cut it. Our two top buys are Lancôme Bi-Facil, £21.50 at Fabled, or La Roche-Posay Respectissime for Sensitive Eyes, £11 at Boots. No waterproof mascara is a match for these potent potions. If you’re looking for something with a smaller price tag though, try out Simple’s Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover, £3.80 at Boots.

We defy you not to find a waterproof mascara you’ll fall in love with in our pick above.

Words by Lucy Abbersteen and Katie Thomas

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