Nothing ruins a good makeup look quicker than smudged mascara. Whether you’ve struggled through a long tube journey, squeezed in a quick workout before heading to the office, or can’t bear the thought of going bare-faced on the beach, moisture and humidity are the enemies of flawlessly applied mascara. The obvious answer to avoiding resembling a raccoon is waterproof mascara – if you can wade through the many, many options on the market that is. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect waterproof mascara, we’ve got the ultimate guide.
What makes a mascara waterproof?
To put it simply, waterproof mascaras are crafted with either silicones or waxes. The formula essentially creates a film over your eyelashes so that water and moisture rolls right off without creating an inky mess. While most waterproof mascaras market themselves with a clear label to proclaim the waterproof qualities, you can also double check the ingredients – non-waterproof mascaras will usually contain water as one of the first ingredients listed while waterproof mascaras won’t.
How to apply waterproof mascara
When it comes to applying waterproof mascara, remember to start with clean lashes to avoid clumping. Give your lashes an extra boost with an eyelash curler before going in with a primer. Finally, make sure to apply waterproof mascara quickly as it tends to dry quicker than standard formulas. Use the wand to curl the inner lashes towards the nose while fanning out the outer lashes to get the perfect look every time.
How to take off a waterproof mascara
One of the only problems with waterproof mascara is that it can be difficult to remove given that it’s, well, resistant to water. To avoid drying out (or worse, pulling out) lashes, opt for an oil-based cleanser. Try using a makeup melting balm like the Sisley Triple-Oil Balm or the Drunk Elephant Slaai Butter Cleanser to gently remove mascara before following up with your usual everyday cleanser.