The Top 5 Best Waterproof Mascaras for Summer

|AFF*| Summer is an amazing season with fun warm, sunny days. But, that also means very oily skin and even oily eyelids.

In order to avoid smearing your mascara or having it run down your face after a good swim, waterproof mascara is a must! So, here are some of my and the community’s top picks for mascaras for summer.

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L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

This is a drugstore waterproof mascara that’s getting a run for high end mascara’s money.

It comes in several tones of black and brown, it layers well, and of course it’s affordable. This mascara for summer is great as it’s waterproof and you avoid any unfortunate accidents that may happen in the sweltering sun. It’s a great option for those lovely beach days when you want to go for a swim.

What I personally love about this mascara is that it’s voluminous, but builable. You don’t have to work about adding too much at one and creating heavy clumps. Instead, it separates, lengthens and builds decent volume if you build a little. It’s more natural, but you can definitely make this one very thick and bold.

Price: $7.99

Essence | Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

I’ve heard amazing things about this mascara!

It’s very affordable and it’s available at Amazon, Ulta and some drugstores. This isn’t a waterproof mascara, but I had to include because of it’s good reviews. If you are looking for a very thick, almost border-line clumpy mascara with amazing volume, this is your pick.

It really is one of those mascaras that make you look like you’re wearing falsies. It coats your lashes evenly, and doesn’t take a lot of building before it turns your lashes thick and voluminous. If my L’oreal option is too natural for you, definitely consider this option.

Price: $4.99

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara : Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, Very Black,  0.30 Fl. Oz. (Packaging May Vary) : Beauty

Ever heard of this mascara? It’s comes in different shades of black and brown, as well as provides that full-fan effect.

I’ve tried this mascara a couple times as it’s been on the market for a while. There’s been a few different packaging designs with this one being the latest. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the morning layering your mascara for a volume effect, then you’ll enjoy using this one. You don’t need more than a coat or two as it’s on the more wet side and easily darken and thickens lashes.

The wand is curved, so you can more easily reach those pesky inner corners without accidentally smearing mascara on the bridge of your nose. Also, like the previous options on this list, it’s waterproof and it’s at an affordable drugstore price.

Price: $6.49

Maybelline New York Snapscara Mascara

This mascara is a bit of a hidden gem for those of us who like a great all-rounder mascara. In the first coat, it applies a decent of product that separates and lengthening the lashes. If you apply a second coat, you can get that thicker, volumized dark lashes look. Either way, it doesn’t clump.

Another thing to love about this mascara is that comes in multiple shades of color. You can get it a typical black color, a very dark black color, dark purple, blue and a brighter purple. Be aware that the dark purple shade looks like a black mascara, but the other colors show up pretty well.

This mascara technically isn’t waterproof mascara, but it works very similarly to a tubing mascara.

Price: $7.77

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Maybelline New York Sky High Volumizing Mascara

Of course I had to add this mascara to the list! This popular mascara is another good all-rounder, but leans a little more on the volumizing and thickening side rather than separation and length. It comes in both waterproof and regular, as well as a few shades of black and brown.

What I love about this mascara is that you don’t have to build it. If you want an everyday mascara look, one coat is enough to give you amazing lashes. They give you a fluffy, long lash look without sacrificing volume. Also, I just love the look of the packaging- the typography and 3D lettering is a nice touch. It gives it a high-end look for a drugstore, affordable price tag! Highly recommend.

Price: $8.04

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Best Overalls

  • Best Everyday: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
  • Best Buildable: Maybelline New York Snapscara Mascara
  • Best Volume: Essence | Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
  • Best Falsie Look: Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara
  • Best All-Rouder: Maybelline New York Sky High Volumizing Mascara


So there you have it! The Top 5 Waterproof Mascaras for Summer. Let me know which mascaras are your go-to, and if you wear waterproof mascaras in the summer.

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