10 Waterproof Mascaras That’ll Survive Even the Hottest Summer Days

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10 Waterproof Mascaras That’ll Survive Even the Hottest Summer Days


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Hot summer days just require waterproof mascara. Whether you’re tearing up at an emotional graduation ceremony, diving into a friend’s pool, playing a little beach volleyball, or just spending a hot day outside, your mascara needs to be able to last.

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1. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara ($24.00)

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The top-rated waterproof mascara at Ulta with a 4.4/5 score and nearly 4,000 reviews, Benefit’s Roller Lash is clearly a fan favorite. According to Benefit, it lasts for a full 12 hours.

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2. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara ($23.00)

Tarte transformed their best-selling Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara into a waterproof versions – hence the change from “Lashes” to “Splashes” in the name. Tarte describes this mascara as a “push-up bikini for your lashes.”

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3. Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Waterproof Mascara ($8.99)

If that blue wand immediately brings to mind Caribbean waters, it’s because this mascara can withstand a day on a tropical beach. Maybelline says Lash Stiletto “does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.”

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4. COVERGIRL Professional Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara ($5.99)

If you have sensitive eyes or wear contacts, this is the best waterproof mascara choice for you. And unlike a lot of other waterproof formulas, this mascara comes off with just soap and water – no harsh makeup removers needed.

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5. Eyeko Online Only Sport Waterproof Mascara Catch & Curl ($26.00)

Here’s to long lashes and long games of beach volleyball. Like “sport” sunblock, Eyeko’s Sport Waterproof Mascara won’t budge while you sweat. Bonus: Alexa Chung is their Creative Consultant!

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6. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara ($20.00)

Cannonball! If you’re planning to spend the day by the pool, don’t let your lashes take a dive. Urban Decay claims their “special microcrystalline wax” makes magic when combined “with the dense, fuzzy brush” and won’t ever make your lashes feel flaky.

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7. Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara ($14.00)

The brand is basically the name of an ocean, so this mascara has to be good and waterproof. Bonus: it’s vegan and infused with coconut oil, kelp extract, and vitamin B. The design will look so cute in your makeup bag, too.

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8. Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara ($20.00)

Cargo promises their formula “stays put through tears, perspiration and swimming.” So if you watch a sad movie right before a triathlon, your eyelashes are still going to look fierce. Their formula creates “tubes” of mascara around each lash for the ultimate thickening effect.

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9. L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Waterproof Mascara ($10.99)

If you want superstar lashes, this two-step formula from L’Oreal means double the impact and double the waterproof power. The first step works as a primer to thicken lashes and prepare them for the second coat, which darkens, curls, and lengthens.

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10. Estee Lauder Little Black Primer ($25.00)

This mascara actually has three distinct uses: a tint, a primer, and a topcoat. If you have light eyelashes and want a little bit of color without all the drama, you can use it as a tint. If you’re looking to really amp up your lashes, coat them with this before layering on a different mascara. To just take advantage of its waterproof power, finish off your look by brushing this on over your mascara. One mascara, three uses!

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