Next to a trusted SPF and a sweat-resistant setting spray, waterproof mascara is one summer beauty staple getting daily rotation in our makeup bags. Over here at InStyle HQ, countless tubes of waterproof formulas cross our beauty editors' desks, and trust us, we've tried them all. When the heat starts to rise and we're at peak humidity levels, these four formulas are the waterproof mascaras our beauty team turns to. Keep reading to find out why they love each one.
1. Sheryl George, Beauty Editor
"I like Too Faced's Better than Sex Waterproof because it doesn’t leave lashes crunchy and brittle the way some waterproof formulas can. Plus, it still gives me major volume and length just like the original."
Too Faced | $23
2. Erin Lukas, Beauty Writer
"I usually stay away from waterproof mascaras because I really hate the extra work that it takes to completely remove some formulas off at the end of the day. (I hate looking in the mirror in the morning and resembling the crying Snapchat filter.) However, lately I’ve been using Givenchy Noir Couture 4 In 1 Waterproof Mascara. In just a few swipes, this mascara will give you the lengthy, perfectly curled lashes that dreams are made of. Although it stays flake and smudge-free all day, it’s surprisingly easy to remove at night without requiring any rough rubbing on your delicate eye area."
Givenchy | $33
3. Marianne Mychaskiw, Associate Beauty Editor
"I like to layer my mascaras, mainly because I take on the 'more is more' mindset in terms of lashes, but also because it makes my waterproof mascara easier to remove. After a few coats of a non-waterpoof formula, I'll seal everything into place with Urban Decay's Cannonball Mascara. It holds up like a dream for the entirety of a beach day, a run in 80-degree weather, or if a particularly emotional ASPCA commercial comes on TV."
Urban Decay | $20
4. Dianna Mazzone, Assistant Beauty Editor
"I use fiber mascaras—those that form little tubes around your lashes as opposed to coating them superficially—pretty much exclusively. I’ve found such formulas actually withstand the elements—and my rather oily eyelids, TBH—way better than waterproof formulas. Right now, I’m loving Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara."
Kevyn Aucoin | $28