In my experience, waterproof or long-wearing makeup can be a little tricky. Yes, not having to reapply is great, but I often find that the tradeoff is thicker, chalkier, and less natural-looking than non-longwear makeup. One of the exceptions: waterproof mascara, which is simply a necessity when summer hits, whether you’re by the beach or pool or simply navigating your city’s sweltering humidity (that would be me).

These days, waterproof mascara formulas are better than ever, and whether you prefer a mineral-based formula, a curling wand, or even a waterproof topcoat so you don’t have to give up your beloved lash-lengthener when the mercury rises, there is a smudge and sweat proof tube for you. Click through to meet the mascara that will save your gaze this summer!

Blinc Mascara Amplified

If you’ve never tried Blinc’s iconic waterproof mascara, now’s the time: this ingenious lacquer actually creates tiny “tubes” around each lash that stay put until you remove them with warm water and gentle pressure. No makeup remover, no rubbing, no fuss!

Lifted Sweatproof Mascara

This vegan, mineral-based black-brown mascara is the perfect thing to apply before yoga class, the beach, or any time that you want a bit of definition without screaming “I’m wearing makeup!” The formula includes Amazonian clay and vitamin B5 for lush, nourished lashes.

Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara by Too Faced

As y’all may know, I’m a total devotee of Tarte’s Better Than Sex mascara, so you best believe I’ll be stocking up on the waterproof version this summer! This formula, applied with its signature hourglass brush, truly does it all for thicker, longer, curled lashes with almost zero effort.

Total Tease by Covergirl

You guys: this mascara wand includes a little teasing comb for your lashes! This is smart, because usually waterproof formulas area bit thicker than their standard counterparts, and since that mascara is staying PUT when it dries, you want to have the most precise application possible—a total breeze with this defining brush.

Cargo Swimmable Waterproof Mascara

What’s that you say? You refuse to ever give up your hard-won Holy Grail mascara? I don’t blame you, girl—and now, you don’t have to, with this awesome waterproof topcoat by Cargo (anyone remember Cargo from their Sephora days, and their amazing lip glosses in tins? Ugh, I loved them—and the brand is still awesome!). To use it, simply apply your regular mascara and add two coats of the topcoat to seal your deal.

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara

Ok, so admittedly, this mascara isn’t waterPROOF—but, if you’re the kind of natural mama that likes to keep things pretty pure, this water-resistant pick from Pacifica is for you. Volumizing and lengthening, this formula is infused with coconut oil, kelp extract and vitamin B to keep your lashes healthy and thick.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Spectacular Volume & Curl Mascara

Are you a maximalist? No one says that you have to give up your glamorous, curled lashes just because things are getting sweaty out—try this epic curling mascara by Diorshow that stretches lashes up and out for a serious fanning effect.

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    ThaGoldenLady (@golden_tha) | June 12, 2017 at 6:56 am

    ‘Simply navigating your city’s sweltering humidity’ haha… that would be me too ;P Never ever thought about wearing ‘waterproof’ though, simply cause I never really needed it but will have to give it a try once 😉 x

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    Natalie Redman | June 19, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Oh that total tease looks good!

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    Brenda | June 22, 2017 at 6:01 am

    You accidentally messed up on #3 , too faced better than sex, not tarte 🙂

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