The Waterproof Mascaras We Rate
The Waterproof Mascaras We Rate

The Waterproof Mascaras We Rate

We all need a good waterproof mascara. Thanks to gentler formulas and higher-quality ingredients, there are a select few that now keep lashes looking good for longer – without any irritation, flaking or smudging. Here are nine that have been getting votes from both us and the SL Community…
By Rebecca Hull

Stay Perfect Long-Wear Tubing Mascara, £11.16 (was £13.95) | No7

This tubing mascara uses polymers that wrap around each lash for results that last for hours with no smudging or flakes. With tightly packed bristles, the wand is great for getting close to the lash line without any transfer onto the eyelids. The hydrating, smooth formula never feels sticky or drying – ideal for those prone to sensitivities. 

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Sport 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. Once it’s on, it sets fast with zero smudges. It’s great for those with sparser, fair lashes who are looking for deeper inkiness and extra length.

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Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara, £18.50 | Fairydrops

A regular award 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 that stays in place.

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Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara, £33 | Dior

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 at bay. This one’s also easy to remove with warm water or a cream cleanser.

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Fullest Volumizing Mascara, £30 | ILIA

This isn’t a dedicated waterproof formula, but it may as well be given it never budges – even in the most humid conditions. It has a curved, violin-shaped brush that catches every lash to provide full-on definition and jet-black volume. It’s also ophthalmologist tested, so contact lens wearers can apply it without fear or irritation. Added provitamin B5 and keratin help keep lashes healthy, stimulating them for better growth.

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Hypnôse Doll Eyes Waterproof, £29 | Lancôme

Lengthening, volumising and designed to provide a curl that holds, this Lancôme mascara is a brand bestseller for a reason. Never transferring onto lids or under the eyes, it uses nylon powders to beef up lashes immediately – you only need a few swipes to get a full-bodied effect. The best bit? Despite the fact it dries fast, it never feels sticky or tacky – just smooth and buildable, which is hard to come by in waterproof formulas.

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Magic Finish 38° Waterproof Mascara, £14.99 | M.Asam

This is one of Amazon’s bestselling waterproof mascaras and it’s easy to see why. It hydrates and softens lashes with argan oil and monoi butter, while fine fibres inside the formula grip onto lashes and stay there for long-lasting results. It has a very thin brush, so it’s ideal for catching lashes at the inner and outer corners, providing extra density. The end result is a natural, everyday look with a glossy finish that never clumps.

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Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara, £9.59 (was £11.99) | Maybelline

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Maybelline’s Sky High Mascara since 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 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 a single layer for something subtler.

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Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara, £19 | Rare Beauty

We love this conditioning, castor oil-infused formula that hydrates and softens lashes with regular wear. Water and sweat resistant, it lasts for hours, setting fast and staying put immediately after a few swipes. Its wide and elongated brush is fool-proof – it makes application seamless and it never hits your eyelids. The lift and curl it gives is impressive, as is the fluffy separation it creates. 

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