Using waterproof mascara sounds pretty straightforward, right? You put it on, cry, and it stays on. But, are waterproof mascara formulas bad for your eyelashes? How do you know what to look for? And how do you remove waterproof mascara without burning your eyes? All good questions. That’s why we put together a beginner's guide to safely navigate mascara and all of its wonderful waterproof abilities. Here’s what you need to know.


Why Waterproof Mascara Should Be in Your Life

Well, for one, you need it in the summer, on vacation and during wedding season — whenever you’re going to be outdoors a lot and when hot and humid outside. Another pro tip is to reach for a waterproof mascara if you tend to sweat, as high body temperature causes mascara formulas to smudge.There will be no more messy black streaks when using a formula that’s meant to withstand just about anything other than the remover itself, and some of our favorites include Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof, YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara.

How to Prevent Damage From Waterproof Mascara

Because waterproof mascara formulas can be stubborn when removing, prevent any lash damage 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 toward the tips of each lash.

How to Remove Waterproof Mascara Without Irritation

A durable mascara formula needs a strong remover. Waterproof makeup removers are typically oil-based, as anything water-based will be rendered pretty much useless against the long-lasting powers of waterproof mascara! The remover application is just as important as the formula itself as well. Don’t tug at lashes or vigorously swipe at your lids and lashes with a soaked cotton pad. Be gentle! Allow the product to sit on the lashes and work its magic, then meticulously wipe the remains away. Our favorites to get this done? Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover and the Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover. Go forth and rock waterproof mascara like a pro.


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