Thinking back to waterproof mascaras of yesteryear makes me wince and I have to be honest and say that I haven’t always been a fan. The first time I tried one I was 17, on holiday and trying to impress a fellow teenage holiday-goer by wearing makeup everywhere, including in the pool. It was such a pain to remove with my terrible cleanser that I had such sore eyes the next day. Honestly, I didn’t touch one again until I started attending weddings in my twenties and it became an absolute necessity.
Luckily, since my teens, the formulas of waterproof and water-resistant mascaras have drastically improved—as have the oil-based cleansers that we need to remove them effectively. Yes, the best waterproof mascaras at the moment offer the lift, length and volume of your favourite regular mascara, but with the promise that no matter what the weather conditions, your eye look will not be compensated. I’ve also found that waterproof mascaras tend to crumble less in hot conditions and mean that panda eyes are never an issue, so it’s become something of a go-to for me whenever I’m heading out for more than a quick shop.
If you don’t know where to beginning on your quest for the best waterproof mascara, then take a look at my top picks below…
The film-forming polymers in this waterproof formula help it to cling to lashes for longer than the standard cult classic version.
I love the way that this wand clings to your lashes—you can easily lift and lengthen every single one with just a few swipes. Also, the formula isn’t too wet so it sets lashes in place pretty swiftly.
The varying sized bristles on this help to create a lengthened yet wispy look that doesn’t budge.
A cult favourite mascara made better with a budge-proof formulation. The brush is curved to the shape of your eye to get to even the smallest lash.
Mega volume is promised and it’s what you get . The formula makes your lashes look twice as thick but not in a clumpy way.
The wand on this mascara makes it best for volume lovers and the 100% vegan formula promises flake-free application.
With densely packed bristles, this mascara offers a natural, fluttery lash look and the tapered shape of the brush reaches every lash.
The interesting shape of this wand is key to the application—it helps to lengthen shorter lashes in the inner corner.Credit: Source