July 14, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

This Is the Only Waterproof Mascara Article You'll Need

Using waterproof mascara sounds pretty point blank, right? You put it on, cry, it stays on. But, if you don’t want to cry or go swimming with it on, what’s the point? How do you know what to look for? And how do you remove it without burning your eyes? All good questions. That’s why we put together a beginners guide to navigating mascara and all of its wonderful waterproof abilities. Here’s what you need to know!  

Waterproof Mascara

Why waterproof mascara should be in your life.

Well, for one, it’s both summertime and wedding season. Which means you’re going to be outdoors — A LOT. Whether you’re a wedding guest … or hitting up the beach … it’s going to be hot and humid outside. And let’s be honest, you totally wear mascara to the beach (and obviously weddings). Do you know what will keep your luscious lashes in place when it’s 100 degrees outside? You guessed it — waterproof mascara!

There’s no more flakes falling to your cheeks or messy, black streaks when using a formula that’s meant to withstand just about anything other than the remover itself. 

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Lash Sensational Black Pearl Waterproof Mascara, L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara, YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara

Because waterproof formulas can be stubborn when removing, prevent any lash damage from regular use by using conditioning primer like Lancôme Cils Booster XL first. Once you’ve coated your lashes with primer, swipe on your waterproof mascara for long-lasting, tear-proof, weather-proof and splash-proof lashes! Just start at the base of your lashes and wiggle the wand up towards the tips of your lashes.

Or just use your favorite mascara formula and use a topcoat like NYX Proof It! Waterproof Mascara Top Coat to transform any mascara into a waterproof one.

How to remove it without causing serious irritation.

So, this is where the love/hate factor comes in. Yes your mascara can survive the Olympic aquatics — but, how the heck do you get it off at the end of the day? You don’t … just kidding. Any good ol’ makeup remover just won’t do. A durable formula needs a durable remover. Waterproof makeup removers will typically be oil-based, as anything water-based will be rendered pretty much useless against the long-lasting powers of waterproof mascara!

RELATED: The Best Way to Wash Off Waterproof Makeup

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover, Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

Okay, now you’re obsessed with waterproof mascara. Here are some other product picks we’re in love with!

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.