5 Waterproof Mascaras That Can Actually Stand Up To Swimming
By Marissa DeSantis
A good mascara can be hard to find. Throw water into the mix, and your day-to-day formula needs to be reevaluated (unless you're cool with mascara streaks running down your face). Whether you're swimming in a pool or taking a dip in the ocean on your next tropical vacation, a waterproof mascara is essential for enhanced lashes that won't budge. But if you want the best waterproof mascara for swimming without risking panda eyes in the process, you're going to want to have a look through this tried-and-true list
Obviously, a regular mascara won't hold up to swimming, but a water-resistant formula won't always work either. Water-resistant mascara is great for a workout or a good cry, but it isn't formulated to withstand actually being submerged in water, which is why you want to look for something that says waterproof (except in the case of one unique water-resistant mascara, below).
Waterproof formulas do tend to be thicker and more drying on lashes since they lock out moisture, which is why finding one with conditioning ingredients, like rose oil and coconut oil, for example, can help keep lashes from feeling brittle or breaking. You can also put the tiniest bit of Vaseline on your lashes before applying your waterproof mascara for a DIY way to prevent dryness.
Also, don't forget to properly remove your mascara at the end of the day to avoid eye irritation. With waterproof formulas, you're going to have to put a little more effort into getting it completely off your lashes. Eye makeup remover, micellar water, or an oil-based cleansing balm will do the trick. I like to soak a cotton pad with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water and hold it against my lashes for a few seconds before gently wiping the eye makeup away.