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The 10 Best Waterproof Mascaras For Smudge Proof Free Days

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The 10 Best Waterproof Mascaras For Smudge Proof Free Days

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Some days, there is something that feels so wrong about stepping out of the house without mascara on. Whether you’re trying to hide your lack of sleep, or you’re looking to dramatize a look, mascara is one of the biggest makeup necessities.

The thing with mascara is, it’s also the easiest makeup smudger. Whether you’re accidentally rubbing your tired eyes, going for a run on a humid day or crying in the car to your favourite break up song (we’ve all been there…), you’re often left with unplanned smudgy eyes. Fear not. Here is a list of the best waterproof mascaras that are smudge and cry proof.

Is Waterproof Mascara Better Than Normal Mascara?

Ultimately, whether waterproof mascara is better for you or not is down to your personal preference and lifestyle choices. If you’re someone who works out a lot, you might find that waterproof mascara is best suited for you. Similarly, if you live in a constantly humid climate, you would benefit from using waterproof mascara.

The reason waterproof mascara is more resilient is because, it contains more waxes and silicones. These are the main ingredients that grab onto your lashes.

The ingredients isododecane and cyclopentasiloxane are what makes mascara waterproof, because they dry your eyelash hairs quickly and form a protective barrier, making your eyelashes resistant to water. This makes mascara a bit thicker than your normal one, making it longer-lasting. So, if you’re finding normal mascaras smudging easily, then consider some of the mascaras below.

Best Drug Store Waterproof Mascaras

False Lash X Fiber Waterproof Mascara


For a mascara that you can find at your local chemist, this really packs a punch. If you’re after that dramatic look for an inexpensive price, then this is for you. This mascara is dual-ended, with one side adding fibres to create extreme volume, and the other adding thickness.



Great Lash Volumizing Waterproof Mascara


There is no doubt that you would have heard of this mascara before. This mascara makes your lashes look thick without being clumpy and, is buildable for your desired look. It is also hypoallergenic, making it suitable for those with allergies.



Best Volumizing Waterproof Mascaras

LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara


If you want people to notice your lashes before they notice your face, then get your hands on this. With its thick bristle, this volumizing mascara will have your lashes coated from root to tip. It’s also a hypoallergenic formula, making it suitable for everyone. Volume and waterproof? What more could you want?



Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof Mascara


If extreme volume had a definition, it would be this mascara. With a higher dose of wax than its original Pump’N’Volume mascara, this formula will give you intense volume with a lightweight feeling. To use, squeeze two to three times to load the brush and you will be able to coat every lash easily.



Best Waterproof Mascaras for Sensitive Eyes

Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara


This mascara will give you the length, volume and lift you want, without irritating your eyes. The formula is fragrance free and is fortified with conditioning Lash-Advancing Vitamins Complex, making it gentle on your lashes. The wand makes it easy to seperate your lashes, giving you a clump free look.



High Impact Waterproof Mascara


Have sensitive eyes? This one’s for you. This mascara gives you instant volume and is formulated without paragons, phthalates and fragrance. It’s perfect for people with sensitive eyes contact lens wearers, and its buildable without being clumpy. Get the lash length you want, without comprising your comfort throughout the day.



Cult Favourite Mascaras Turned Waterproof

Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara


To say that the original Better Than Sex mascara was a hit, is an understatement. The well-loved mascara now comes in a waterproof formula while still providing the same length and volume the original had. Moreover, this mascara is created with porcelain flower extract, which hydrates and conditions your lashes.



Perversion Waterproof Mascara


Another classic now in a waterproof formula, the Urban Decay mascara provides a deep black colour and is extremely volumizing without feeling heavy on your lashes. Infused with proteins, amino acids and honey extract which ensure that your lashes don’t get brittle or clumpy. This long-lasting mascara won’t run or transfer, making it perfect for a day long event.



Best Natural Looking Waterproof Mascara (With Thin Applicators)

Extended Play Gigiblack Lash Mascara


This waterproof mascara is the perfect in-between if you don’t want to commit to dramatic lashes but want that lifted appearance. The thin applicator allows you to reach even the smallest lash hairs. This mascara is formulated to hold for up to 16 hours & has innovative thermal-sensitive technology allowing the mascara to come off once warm water is applied to your lashes.



BADgal Bang! Waterproof Mascara


Give your natural lashes an upgrade with this Benefit mascara. With a natural volumizing look and a lightweight formula, you cannot leave this one out of your makeup bag. Because of it’s thin applicator, each lash will be coated, and the long-wearing formula will stay put. You will not see one smudge by the end of your day.



The Cons of Waterproof Mascara

Although waterproof mascara does a good job at fulfilling its purpose, this can be a downfall for some. If you’re lashes are a bit more on the frail side, it’s probably best to avoid waterproof mascaras where you can. Because of the ingredients isododecane and cyclopentasiloxane, which lock onto your lashes, it can dry them out. Moreover, if you lashes are already weak, the intense rubbing and pulling can cause your lashes to fall out.

However, there is a way to lessen the damage on your lashes. If you’re wanting to wear a waterproof mascara, find one specific for sensitive eyes. These mascaras will have conditioning and nourishing ingredients to avoid weakening your lashes (like the ones mentioned above). When it comes time to take your mascara off, remove it in the gentlest way you can with non-harsh ingredients.

How to Remove Waterproof Mascara

The first step is to be gentle. Harsh tugging and pulling on your delicate eyelashes will cause them fall out or damage them (step away from the makeup wipes for this one).

Find yourself an oil cleanser or oil eye makeup remover, as this will break down your eye makeup without the tugging. Soak a cotton pad and hold it over your lashes for 10 seconds, letting it sit on your skin, before gently wiping it away. You can even go in with a q-tip afterwards for any residue that may still be there.

Best Waterproof Mascara Removers

Bi-Facil Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover


This waterproof eye makeup remover will remove your most stubborn makeup. This will lift your makeup within seconds and is suitable for even the most sensitive eyes. Pop a small amount onto a cotton pad and hold against your closed eye for 5 seconds, to let it soak into your eye makeup, before gently wiping it away.



Micellar Cleansing Water


A cult favourite and for a good reason! Its 400ml and inexpensive and removes all your mascara without causing redness and irritation.

Pop a little bit onto a cotton pad and gently wipe away your mascara. No rinsing or vigorous rubbing required.



Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil


This cleansing oil can be used without a cotton pad. Just squeeze three pumps in your hands and massage onto your face.

Gently rub your fingertips around your eye and lash area to remove makeup and then rise with water. Easy!



Have you tested any of these waterproof mascaras through the rain, shower or a sad movie crying session? Let us know which mascaras you pop on for smudge proof free days & nights.

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