No one wants to deal with runny, smudgy, or flaky mascara while they're lounging poolside or tuning into the latest episode of This Is Us. The GolfHr Institute Beauty Lab evaluated the best waterproof mascaras to determine which ones can survive sweaty days and teary nights.
Overall, the best waterproof mascaras to buy in 2019 are:
Top Lab Pick:
How We Tested: The Beauty Lab reviewed claims such as ability to resist smudging, smearing, and running. We evaluated by asking 84 consumer testers to apply the product, wait 10 minutes, splash warm water on their face, and then bat their eyes 10 times. Each product was tested over the course of one week.
No, but you need to be careful during the removal process to avoid irritating your eyes and pulling your lashes off.
"You should always take your mascara and eye makeup off at the end of the day to prevent dried up mascara pieces from getting into your eyes," says Birnur Aral, Ph.D., Director of the Beauty Lab, adding that you should replace your tube every three months.
Because waterproof mascaras are made to withstand almost anything, you should rely on a gentle eye makeup remover, like GH Seal holder Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($8, ). "Close your eyes and wipe from lid to below and away," says Aral.
Now that we've gotten down to the nitty-gritty, try one of our top waterproof mascara picks and look fresh all year long.
This mascara checked all the boxes: It was lengthening, volumizing, clump-free, and flake-free. Even folks with the most sensitive eyes can wear this mascara all day long. Now that's sayin' something.
This under-$6 pick has been a classic for years. In our tests, it was so impressive that it earned our GH Seal. Women found it went on smoothly, added lots of volume, and lengthened without flaking or smudging all day long. Of all the waterproof formulas our Beauty Lab tested, this one was said to be one of the most effective.
Say goodbye to smudgy, post-workout under-eyes with this multi-dimension waterproof mascara. You know what that means: When you put this mascara on, it's staying in place — until you wash it off at the end of the day (it takes a little elbow grease!).
Dior's mascara was rated highest by our testers for volumizing, and earned top scores in Beauty Lab evaluations for separating lashes and creating a subtle look. Everyone loved the thicker formula, which made lashes more defined and enhanced.
Just as the name suggests, prepare for feathery lashes with this one. It had high scores for not irritating or causing redness, and our testers were particularly impressed with the brush applicator. So easy to use, and no clumping in sight.
The iconic pink tube took one of the top spots in our testing, impressing us with how well it resisted smudging. Our testers gave it high marks for volumizing, lengthening, and separating lashes.