As winter weather is fast approaching, chances are you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect booties, scarves, and gloves for days spent braving the cold. That makes sense, bestie…but have you thought about switching up your makeup? As in, your mascara?
Before you start with the ‘I-don’t-need-special-mascara-for-winter,’ let me stop you right there. What about snow? Or sleet? Or those days when you’re so bundled up, you start sweating. Yeah. See? You’re not laughing now, are you?
Now that we’ve had our first fight out of the way, let’s talk about the beauty of waterproof mascara. You don’t have to think about it running down your face after an afternoon of walking in a winter wonderland.
Here are seven of my favorite waterproof or water-resistant mascaras that will leave you with wink-worthy lashes all winter.
Before we can even discuss how well the mascara works, we need to chat about the innovative container. Unlike most mascaras, this version comes in a squeezable tube, allowing you to get every bit of the formula out of the tube. As for the mascara itself, the juice inside the tube keeps your lashes curled, coated, and splotch-free.
It’s a classic for a reason. The iconic pink and green tube holds the formula that lifts, separates, and defines your lashes. All for less than ten bucks.
Waterproof formulas tend to be gloopy, with the consistency of school cafeteria pudding. Lancôme Définicils shakes things up by doing its job without the gloop, while also staying put in all kinds of weather.
The Better Than Sex mascara raises its hand and does solemnly swear to drench each eyelash with a slick, water-resistant formula.
I cry when I watch TikTok videos of dogs reuniting with their owners; so a name like Emotionproof appeals to me. Tom Ford’s version of waterproof mascara volumizes and lengthens by using, as the brand puts it “deep black carbon and powders.”
Eyes To Kill uses what it calls Microfil technology, which boosts the textures of lashes. The brand has even patented the asymmetrical design of the over-sized brush, which was designed to grab every eyelash like a toddler holding on to a purloined french fry.
Let me just take a moment to thank/blame L’Oreal for their catchphrase “I’m worth it.” I’ve uttered that phrase to justify an impromptu trip to Savannah, a pair of over-the-knee boots, and once, in Italy, ordering the last bit of pistachio gelato even though a kid behind me was seriously considering ordering the flavor. (It was between that and hazelnut, and the kid seemed fine with the hazelnut!)
Back to the mascara. The bestselling formula aims to thicken and lengthen your lashes without clumping or flaking.
Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Lash-Plumping Waterproof Mascara is both dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, with an over-sized brush designed to coat every lash on the first pass. The juice itself is fortified with a touch of olive oil to keep your lashes shiny and soft all day long.
While the mascara is great and gets fantastic reviews for its staying power and definition, there’s something quite over the top and extra about pulling out a Chanel mascara in the ladies’ room. It’s a bit of a flex, but hey…you only live once.
There’s a reason this mascara has over 4,000 reviews on Sephora. The formula creates little ‘tubes’ of color around each lash, instead of just coating them with color. The result: voluminous, thick lashes with an impressive amount of definition.
What’s your favorite waterproof mascara? Have you tried any of the brands on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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