Best Waterproof Mascara: 10 Formulas With Serious Staying Power

Best Waterproof Mascara: 10 Formulas With Serious Staying Power
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We've found the best waterproof mascaras for a fabulous flutter that won’t end up in a smudge under your eyes…

Waterproof mascara is often regarded with suspicion; either that it won’t hold its own, and end up everywhere but on lashes, or that it won’t budge, and removing it will also take a load of lashes with it. 

We get it; we too have been poolside thinking our suncream + mascara basically made us look like a modern day Brigitte Bardot, only to look in a mirror and find that the black stuff has migrated down our cheeks, and that waterproof label is no guarantee of a brilliant formula. We’ve also tried to get the stuff off at the end of the night and found that it would only come away with some serious pulling, and the resultant damage to lashes. 

But there are absolutely tonnes of mascaras on the market that are stellar and will hold their own while not drying lashes out - and we’d know, we’ve been testing them all to bring you this edit. 

Before we plough into particulars, let’s do a little waterproof mascara housekeeping. First, when removing waterproof mascara, you’ll need a bi-phase or oil-based remover. Try our Best Beauty Buys Winner, Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Eye Make-Up Remover. You want to apply the remover to a cotton pad and press it very gently onto lashes - don’t rub. Repeat until all the mascara has come away.

Next, don’t assume that a waterproof mascara needs to be used like your usual mascara. Like all make-up, you can customise your finish. Apply it to your lower lashes, if you find that come the end of the day they’re naked and your mascara has pooled in the oily recesses under your eyes. Use it as a top coat, if you like your usual finish but want it to hold for longer.

With the festive season fast approaching, a lot of beauty brands are (thankfully) slashing their prices in time for some Christmas gift shopping. With the best Black Friday makeup deals and best Black Friday beauty deals on the horizon, you're going to want to get involved and if you buy a couple of things for yourself, we'll never tell. Big beauty retailers will also be joining in on the fun, so expect to rummage through the best Net a Porter deals and Black Friday Amazon deals as well - just make sure you're keeping an eye out for some of our favourite mascaras...

And for even more budge-proof options, try this clever mascara quiz that'll tell you which one is the best fit for your lashes. Genius!

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