9 Gentle Waterproof Mascaras We Love

At this time of year, we could all do with a good waterproof mascara. With gentler formulas and high-quality ingredients, the latest ones promise to keep lashes looking good for longer, without any flaking or smudging – here are nine that get our vote.
By Rebecca Hull /

Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, £24 | Too Faced

This is the same bestselling formula as before, just with better longevity and zero flaking. Unlike most waterproof mascaras, it uses peptides and collagen to hydrate and smooth, while film-forming polymers latch onto lashes for budge-proof wear. We love the clever hourglass brush that leaves lashes looking oversized, defined and jet-black.

Available at Boots.com

Lash Sensation Sky High Waterproof Mascara, £11.49 | Maybelline

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Maybelline’s Sky High Mascara after it went viral on TikTok. Now available in a waterproof formula, it’s one of the best for picking up even the tiniest of lashes for that extra full, defined look. It also contains jojoba oil, so lashes and eyes won’t dry out – plus, it sweeps off easily with warm, soapy water, or a decent make-up remover. Apply two to three coats for a standout effect or opt for a single layer for something subtler.

Available at Boots.com

Lash Idôle Waterproof Mascara, £19.20 | Lancôme

With a deep black formula, this waterproof mascara has a rich and glossy finish that really goes the distance. It’s also lightweight, with zero heavy or clumpy feel to it. As for the wand, it’s curved, allowing you to get right up to your lash line for full definition, while the pointed tip catches all those smaller lashes. Versatile and completely budge-proof, it’s surprisingly easy to remove – a good cleansing balm will dissolve it fast, as will a hardy micellar water.

Available at Boots.com

Paris Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, £11.99 | L’Oréal

This is often referred to as the best waterproof mascara for sensitive eyes. It thickens, lengthens and the fluffy brush deposits colour evenly across the lashes. Ingredients like castor and rose oil lock in hydration, while the ophthalmologist-tested formula means even contact lens wearers can apply it without fear of irritation. It’s affordable too – no wonder it earns consistently rave reviews.

Available at Boots.com

Lash Slick Mascara, £14 | Glossier

Like all Glossier products, this mascara more than lives up to the hype. Designed to beat the afternoon melt, it promises longer, curlier, clump-free lashes with serious staying power. Even so, the formula is suitable for even the most sensitive of eyes with no crunchiness or tight feeling in sight. Ideal for those who prefer a more natural effect, it has tiny bristles that give you that ‘just tinted’ look. Remove it with warm water or a gentle cleanser – you’ll find it dissolves pretty easily.

Available at Glossier.com

Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara, £18.50 | Fairydrops

A repeat beauty awards winner, this water-resistant mascara is full of jojoba oils and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and lend a glossy finish to lashes. It’ll last the entire day without smudging, while the innovative ‘bobble’ brush gives instant volume with a single swipe. It also offers a serious curl too that stays in place. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Sports Waterproof Mascara, £19 | Eyeko

Consistently recommended by the pros, this one comes with a chunky, fat brush that gives lashes great volume, while separating them for better definition at the same time. Once it’s on, it sets fast with zero smudges whatsoever. Ideal for those with sparser, fair lashes that are looking for deeper inkiness and extra length. 

Available at LookFantastic.com

Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara, £26.10 | Diorshow

The curved brush that comes with this mascara covers lashes well.  Just a few sweeps give serious impact while the conditioning formula looks after lashes as it glides through the hair seamlessly, keeping clumps well and truly at bay. It’s also easy to remove with warm water or a cream cleanser.

Available at Boots.com

Lash Power Long-Wearing Formula, £19.80 | Clinique

Smudgeproof and waterproof, Clinique’s bestselling mascara is still a cult favourite. The smaller brush separates and lengthens lashes for extra definition, with results always looking natural and glossy. The only problem is it’s so budge proof, you may find it harder to remove than others. Make sure you use a double cleanse to gently break everything down – a cream or gel cleanser will work best. Failing that, press down a warm flannel over your eyes and let the warm water gently dissolve the formula.

Available at Boots.com

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