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14 Waterproof Mascaras That Will Last Through Anything

A workout, a night out, you name it.

Lashes, like every other body part, come in all shapes and sizes. Needless to say, there’s a wide range of mascaras that are available to accentuate your lashes, whether they’re pin-straight, sparse or stubby. Yet, no matter what your lash type and desired lash effect is, no one wants to run the risk of raccoon eyes as a result of smudged mascara. Here, we put to test some of the most widely raved about waterproof mascaras—don’t go shopping without reading this!

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara, $38, from Urban Decay and Sephora
The creamy formula and densely packed bristles on the mascara wand coats each lash evenly without clumping. It also has a blend of proteins, amino acids and honey extract which are said to strengthen lashes and promote healthier growth. Lancome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, $48, from Lancome and Sephora
The waterproof formula doesn’t smudge or budge, even if you wear it into the shower (trust us, we’ve tried it). Plus, the mascara wand’s bristles are made of soft fibres that hug the lashes to ensure smooth application without clumping. Kate The Lash Former WP, $22, from Don Don Donki, Welcia-BHG, Lazada, and selected Sasa and Watsons
With a curl-enhancing formula, this set of mascaras comes in two variants, one to lengthen lashes and one to voluminise. The former has 2-3mm fibres to ensure a fanned-out lash look, while the latter has a wand with bristles that coat the lashes in 0.5mm fibres to make them appear thicker and more luscious. Shiseido ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof, $50, from Shiseido and Sephora
The bristles on the mascara wand work like a comb to separate each lash and coat them evenly with mascara without clumping. The result is fanned-out, defined and lengthened lashes. Plus, the formula is pretty lightweight and doesn’t weigh down your lashes, even if they are really fine. Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof), $5.50, from Guardian
If you’re not one to shell out money for mascara, try this one from drugstore brand Essence. Not only is it super affordable at $5.50, the volumising formula is also ophthalmologist-tested, cruelty-free, and vegan and paraben-free – which ticks all the boxes for people with sensitive eyes and who are into clean beauty formulas. Sephora Collection Outrageous Oversized Lashes – Multidimensional Volume Mascara – Waterproof, $26, from Sephora
With a lightweight formula and a curved wand that has densely packed bristles like a comb, this coats the lashes to give thicker, longer and fanned-out lashes. Armani Beauty Yes To Kill Mascara Waterproof, $50, from Tangs
The formula of this waterproof mascara has a blend of waxes to make application a breeze. The oversized mascara wand brush even has a patented bristle weave design that helps coat lashes evenly to lengthen and voluminise lashes. Hera Rich Long Lash Waterproof Mascara, $45, from Hera
This waterproof mascara coats the lashes with super-fine fibre for a natural look. What’s even more amazing is that the lightweight formula helps curls your lashes even without the use of an eyelash curler. Plus, the skinny mascara wand is easy to manoeuvre along the curves of your eye to coat the lashes at the corners without smudging on your eyelids. L’Oréal Paris False Lash Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, $27.90, from selected Watsons, Guardian, Sasa and supermarkets
As its name suggests, this features a unique patented wand that is shaped like a butterfly wing. Designed to reach every single lash and stretch them outwards and upwards, it offers lashes a fanned out look that also helps give the illusion of lifted lids. Plus, the creamy formula coats lashes to build volume without flaking or clumping. One coat is enough to see visible results, and three coats will give a false lash effect. Just wait about 30 seconds between application to allow for the formula to set before layering on more. This lasts through tears, perspiration and humidity, perfect for a night out dancing. Heroine Make Super Waterproof Volume & Curl Mascara in Black 01, $21.90, from Watsons
This coveted Japanese mascara has a jet black pigment which clings onto lashes and will never run down your face. With a curled wand designed for Asian eyes, the mascara brush reaches each individual lashes so the lightweight formula spreads evenly and smoothly over lashes, lengthening and volumising them for a baby doll effect. The waterproof formula is one of the most stubborn ones, so make sure you remove this with a bi-phase eye makeup remover. To avoid pulling and tugging, saturate a cotton pad and hold on lashes for 10-15 seconds to let the mascara dissolve. Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $35, from Sephora
The waterproof version of the cult Better Than Sex mascara comes in a cute metallic tube adorned with fake water droplets just because. It holds the same hourglass shaped brush, which deposits the pigmented formula evenly, thickening individual lashes and holding them in place. Thanks to water-resistant polymers, it repels moisture and stays on all day. The mascara is also enriched with collagen to treat and condition weak lashes at the same time. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, $35, from Sephora
Encapsulated in a metallic, python-embossed tube, it is a sign of the drama that’s in store for your lashes. The mascara brush is smaller than most volumising mascaras but yet it does the job of fattening skimpy lashes. Plus points goes to the way the bristles are positioned as they help minimise clumps. The formula also contains olive esthers and minerals to condition lashes, while the patented Skinvigorating Beeswax acts as a waterproofing agent to get your through any sweat and tears. Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, $38, from Urban Decay and Sephora
As it’s name suggests, this mascara is for those looking to push boundaries and have loads of fun while at it. The custom-design brush has tiny precision hooks to grab even the tiniest of lashes, coating them with its long-lasting formula. Made with a combination of hollow silica and ultra-light fibres, this mascara boosts lash volume without weighing them down. It is also fortified with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E and panthenol so lashes are kept supple and soft. And to seal it all in, special polymers help the mascara to adhere to your lashes with zero smudging and flaking. Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara, $67, from Chanel
Luxurious packaging aside, the thin bristle brush of this mascara is soft and flexible, which makes application a breeze. Thanks to its tapered shape, it is perfect for Asian eyes as it reaches tiny lashes at the inner and outer corners of the eyes easily. The mascara bristles deposit just the right amount of formula, instantly volumises, curls, separates and defines lashes. Formulated to resist water, humidity and sebum, all you have to do is apply this in a zig zag motion from root to tip, and you’ll forget you even have it on for the rest of the day.