Help! Should I Use Waterproof or Water-Resistant Mascara?

August 02, 2021
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
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Whether your eyelashes struggle to hold a curl or you simply need a smudge-proof formula, it’s best to look for waterproof or water-resistant mascara formulas. While both serve as a water-repellant and will prevent black ink from streaming down your face, there are some differences to consider when picking out your everyday mascara. To help you decide if a waterproof or water-resistant formula is right for your lashes, we spoke with celebrity makeup artist Nina Soriano

What’s the Difference Between Waterproof and Water-Resistant? 

“The main difference between water-resistant and waterproof mascara is how much exposure to water your mascara can handle,” says Soriano. “For example, if you submerge your lashes in water with water-resistant mascara, your mascara will run, but with waterproof, it will not.” While that may seem obvious, it’s important to consider that you might not need a full-blown waterproof formula for everyday wear. 

Even though your eyelashes may not be met with a ton of water throughout the day, waterproof mascara does have some additional benefits. “Waterproof mascara is also great for when you need serious holding power,” says Soriano. “I personally like to use a waterproof for stubborn lashes that don’t hold a curl with just regular mascara.”

How to Remove Waterproof and Water-Resistant Mascara 

“Using either a waterproof or water-resistant mascara is fine for everyday use as long as you remove it with care,” says Soriano. “Use a proper eye makeup remover and gently remove your mascara.” If you don’t remove your mascara properly, it can lead to eye damage. For a gentle eye makeup remover, we recommend the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water for Waterproof MakeupKeep in mind that waterproof mascara will definitely require some more work to remove than a water-resistant formula. 

Our Favorite Waterproof and Water-Resistant Mascaras 

If you think a waterproof mascara will work best for your makeup routine, we recommend the L'Oréal Paris Air Volume Waterproof Mega Mascara, the Maybelline New York The Falsies Lash Lift Waterproof Mascara or the Lancôme Définicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara, which are all suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes.

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Leaning toward a water-resistant product that won’t smudge? Try the Glo Skin Beauty Water Resistant Mascara or the Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara.

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