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The Best Waterproof Mascaras That Won't Smudge

The Best Waterproof Mascaras That Won't Smudge

Since the beginning of summer, we've been asked multiple times for our waterproof mascara recommendations. We get it; you don't want to look like Lauren Conrad, circa The Hills, at the next pool party you attend. 

But as we all know, it doesn't always take a heat wave to create a "raccoon-eye" disaster. Waterproof mascara is useful in a yoga class, or if you randomly need a cry break throughout the day (it's a form of  cleansing. #selfcare)

Oh, and that thing about waterproof mascara being unhealthy for lashes? Like any product, only if you don't remove it properly. Thankfully, waterproof formulas have become easier to remove, even with a gentle makeup remover. Don't let that fool you, the waterproof mascaras we've included below still pack the same smudge-proof benefits:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($24)

While this mascara isn't better than sex, it's close. Thanks to the hourglass-shaped brush, no lash will go untouched, including those hard-to-reach inner and outer corners. The result? Noticeable volume and length that survives it all, even the most recent LA heat wave. 

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara ($5)

It wouldn't be a mascara post if we didn't include this green-and-pink cult classic, right? There's a reason Great Lash has stood the test of time: It's easy to use, layers on without clumping, and you can find it at the drugstore for under $5. Swipe it on for natural length and curl that looks like your lashes, only better. 


I'll be honest, Urban Decay describes this mascara best: "Mermaids can now sing their siren songs with abandon, and high maintenance types can cry all they want". In other words, do all the cannonballs you want. The mascara includes a unique microcrystalline wax that increases length and volume, without smudging or compromising the health of your natural lashes. 

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($7)

There's nothing better than a high-end formula at a drugstore price. This L'Oreal mascara coats and lifts lashes with a creamy formula that doesn't budge. Whether you prefer natural length, or something more dramatic, the buildable formula does the work of both. 


It might be pricey, but this mascara is worth the investment. That's because it can be layered over ANY mascara to act as a water shield (or raincoat) that keeps the formula in place. That's right; there's no need to compromise your non-waterproof staple. Although once you see how great it does solo, you might be down to switch anyway. 

Tarte Lifted Sweat-proof Mascara ($23)

Not only will this sweat-proof mascara survive a dip in the pool, it includes nourishing ingredients like Amazonian clay and Vitamin C to keep your lashes damage-free. You'll love this mascara if you prefer a more natural brown formula, rather than jet-black. 

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara ($24)

Waterproof or not—if you have sensitive eyes, you should always stick to a gentle formula. This mascara from Clinique is just that...and some. The brush separates lashes for even amount of thickness and length.

You should probably play it safe and keep your eyeliner smudge-proof, too. Use Susan's foolproof trick to guide you: 

Have other beauty questions on your mind? Send us an email at info@mixedmakeup.com. We'd love to hear from you! 

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