Even though summer is still a few months away, rising temperatures are the first indicator that you should start getting ready to switch up your seasonal beauty products. While you might want to wait on some things like foundation to determine your summer colors, there are other, easier switches that can be made almost immediately like mascara.
Warmer weather means more days spent outside (probably sweating) so you'll want to replace your current mascara with a waterproof and smudge-proof formula that will stand up to beach days, outdoor activities and a little sweat.
Makeup artist Jeannia Robinette told Shop TODAY that the best waterproof mascaras are long-lasting and don't require a touch-up. “You can go to work, to the beach, workout and you’ll be set all day," she said. "You don’t have to worry about your mascara running, getting in your eye or smudging; you can just go about your day, and it won’t move.”
We turned to Robinette and other professional makeup artists to get the scoop on waterproof mascaras that you can rely on for the summer and beyond. The best part? They start at just $5.
Best waterproof mascaras, according to experts
After trying dozens of different waterproof mascaras for an underwater photoshoot in Antigua, Robinette found that the L’Oréal Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara worked best. “I tested and tried so many different mascaras, even dunked my own face in the water for research and this mascara was the best,” she said.
“This has been one of my favorite waterproof mascaras for years,” she added. “I like it because you can build your lashes up and make them look full without getting that sticky feel that waterproof mascaras can sometimes give.”
“This is probably my favorite drugstore waterproof mascara,” celebrity makeup artist Megan Lanoux said. “While a lot of waterproof mascaras leave your lashes feeling dry, this one does not. It also gives my lashes a very natural look.”
Lanoux isn't the only one who loves the L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara. It has over 78,000 verified on Amazon and an average rating above four stars.
One impressed reviewer said, "I have worn it all day on multiple occasions with no flaking. I have purposely left it on overnight, and there was the smallest amount of flaking but still looked amazing even after a full 24 hours of wear."
You can't go wrong with a classic like this one. The beloved Maybelline waterproof mascara has a unique spoon-like brush designed to lift and separate to create fuller lashes with zero clumps.
“This mascara gives a nice lift and curl to the lashes,” said Robinette. “The brush allows you to get a great dramatic lash without any flaking. It keeps the lashes plump all day and it’s cheap too.”
This iconic Dior mascara is a splurge-worthy pick the pros love.
Diorshow was created by makeup artists backstage at fashion shows for models and celebrities going to red carpets so that it would be long-lasting and smudge-proof. It features an oblique-cut brush that gives extra curl and coats each lash to create a defined, fanned effect in just one swipe.
“I love the quality of this mascara. It’s a higher price point, but totally worth it,” said Lanoux. “My lashes look and feel hydrated, never dry. It’s also perfect for achieving a natural look without clumping."
“I like this mascara because it does it all,” Lanoux said of this affordable find. She said it opens up her eyes and delivers on curl, length and volume.
The Pixi Beauty waterproof mascara delivers a "push-up" effect that will last all day long. The cone-shaped brush evenly coats each lash, and the formula is available in various shades, including "blackest blue," which helps the white part of your eyes pop.
Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara isn’t necessarily marketed as a waterproof mascara, but Robinette raved about how well it stays on.
“It gives you very dark and deep lashes — kind of like dramatic doll lashes,” she explained. “The brush allows you to perfectly separate your lashes, but make sure when you put it on you’re ready to go because this stuff is no joke. When it dries, your lashes will stay exactly how you put it on, all day.”
Best waterproof mascaras, according to shoppers
Affordable makeup brand Essence is best known for quality products at low price points that actually work, like the Lash Princess Curl & Volume Mascara. This waterproof mascara is no different, according to the rave reviews on Amazon. It has a strong rating from more than 43,000 verified shoppers.
You might recognize this mascara from its non-waterproof counterpart's viral TikTok fame. Just like the original, shoppers can't get enough of this mascara — it has over 56,000 verified five-star ratings.
Infused with ingredients like coconut oil, kelp extract and vitamin B, this mascara is formulated to hydrate and strengthen your lashes while simultaneously lengthening and volumizing them. "I used to use a very expensive waterproof because I figured you had to pay for the amount of reliability, but this showed me I was wrong," one verified five-star reviewer wrote.
According to the brand, this mascara has a formula that will keep your lashes long, thick and voluminous through rain, tears and sweat. Reviewers agree, with one person calling it "totally giftable" after wearing it for over 12 hours, dealing with high temperatures and even shedding some tears.
This volumizing mascara boasts instant results like 10 times more volume and instant fullness and length. One reviewer called it their "holy grail mascara" and even said it lasted through an intense workout.
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