The 12 Best Waterproof Mascaras for Midday Crises

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Let’s be real. Every now and then, you have to let out a soft cry or an intense sob. You might be in line waiting for your bagel trying to cure your “hangxiety.” Or maybe you’re having a full-on life crisis in the bathroom at work. Perhaps you’re just listening to Olivia Rodrigo and the lyrics are hitting a bit too close to home. Whatever the situation may be, the absolute last thing you need is your mascara running down your face. Nothing says, “You’re overdue for therapy” like cartoonish black streaks running down your face during a 10 a.m. Zoom call. What are you going to do? Not wear mascara? Right, like that’s an option.

But do not fret! While finding the best mascara for our lash goals is an accomplishment worthy of a Nobel Prize, finding a waterproof formula is even harder. Not only does it need to give you volume, separation, length, or any of your other lash needs, but it also shouldn’t fall victim to the classic waterproof failings. Things like flaking, fading, clumping, and just being insanely difficult to remove are all things to watch out for, and not all waterproof formulas are created equal. But in the interest of saving you some time–and giving you permission to get a good cry in without ruining your makeup–we’ve done the work for you. So grab your makeup remover, and check out the 12 best waterproof mascaras that will never let you down.

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1

Best for Everyday Lashes

Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

L’Oréal

Now 18% off

We want it all: length, volume, and separation. And this mascara delivers it, without any clumping, flaking, or rom-com-esque black tear streaks down our faces.

2

Best for Length

Sky High Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline New York

Now 22% off

If you want lashes that can touch your brow bone, this mascara is called Sky High for a reason. It contains fibers that make your natural lashes look even more incredible than they already do.

3

Best for Damaged Lashes

Lights, Camera, Splashes™ Waterproof Mascara

Waterproof mascara is obviously notorious for being hard to remove, which can lead to fragile lashes. That’s why this mascara contains conditioning ingredients so your natural lashes get the royal treatment all day long.

4

Best for Natural Lashes

High Impact Waterproof Mascara

If you want to add a subtle lift to your eyes without looking too made up, this barely-there mascara is a godsend. You’ll definitely notice that you look more awake, but without feeling too done up.

5

Best Investment

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

This Dior mascara is definitely an investment item that you’ll wear down to the last teensy bit of product. It gives intense volume and pigment without flaking off throughout the day. Win-win.

6

Best for Defined Lashes

Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara

CoverGirl

Now 51% off

If you’re anything like us, your lash goals include long, voluminous, and separated lashes. The bristles on this wand help fan out your lashes for that covetable doe-eyed look.

7

Best for Workouts

Sport Waterproof Collagen Mascara

You have a workout at 9 a.m., and a breakfast at 10 a.m.? This mascara can last throughout even the toughest day at the gym. No sweat will budge it, and you’ll be left with perfectly curled lashes instead.

8

Best for the Drama

Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

The original version of this mascara made waves in the industry, and the waterproof version is just as incredible. If you really want to add oomph to your eye look, look no further.

9

Best for Thick Lashes

KUSH Waterproof Mascara

Milk Makeup

If you want to give your natural lashes some extra volume and thickness, this product contains fibers, intense pigment, and hemp seed oil to condition, intensify, and lengthen what you have naturally.

10

Best for Wow-Worthy Lashes

Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara

This mascara doesn’t do anything quietly: It lengthens, volumizes, and separates each individual lash for a look that says, “I’m a big deal.”

11

Best Falsie Alternative

Voluminous Original Volume Building Waterproof Mascara

L’Oréal

Now 32% off

If you want those big fanned out lashes that only falsies can give you, try this mascara before you take the (expensive) plunge. This wand will thicken, intensify, and lengthen your lashes⁠—all for the cost of a large latte.

12

Best For A Budget

Lash Princess False Lash Waterproof Mascara

Essence Cosmetics

If you’re trying to pinch a few pennies, this mascara does the most for the least amount of cash. It’s designed to add tons of volume to your lashes, and the new waterproof formula means you can take a dip in the pool, worry-free.

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