The 7 Best Mascaras for a Smudge-Proof Summer!

I’ve lived in Miami for most of my life. We Floridians are prepared for a lot of things. Hurricanes? No problem. Flash flooding? Piece of cake. Drivers cutting you off without turn signals? Par for the course. One thing we all can’t seem to get used to is the summer heat. More specifically, the energy-draining, face-melting, hair-frizzing humidity! On the plus side, my personal experience living in the “shvitz” capital of the world makes me an expert tester of tried-and-true summer-proof makeup.

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Best Smudge Proof Mascara

With summer here in every part of the country, rising temperatures mean that it’s time to switch up your seasonal beauty products. Some obvious changes are pulling out lighter-weight foundations, sun-kissed bronzers, and brighter blushes. Warmer weather means you’re swimming, hiking, or sipping mojitos on vacation. You’ll undoubtedly want to replace your current mascara. Humid weather calls for waterproof formulas that will stand up to beach days and sweat. To help you narrow down the crazy number of choices, I’ve rounded up the 7 best mascaras for a smudge-proof summer—Miami-tested and approved!

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Best Overall

Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, with its unique oversized brush and wavy bristles, is packed with polymers and waxes so that it glides right onto lashes. Unlike many other waterproof mascaras, this one feels light as a feather all day long.

Best Clean Beauty

Ilia Limitless Lash Lengthening Mascara contains keratin, shea butter and beeswax to fortify, condition and nourish lashes while lifting, lengthening and holding curls. A dual-sided brush helps to separate each lash, and the formula is safe for sensitive eyes.

Best Iconic

Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara was originally developed for makeup artists to use backstage at fashion shows or on the red carpet. That explains all that lash drama. It also explains why it’s the go-to for a long-lasting and smudge-proof eye.

Best Vegan

Byredo Waterproof Mascara is made with 89% natural ingredients. It delivers buildable coverage ranging from natural to full volume lashes and is quickly becoming a new celebrity makeup artist favorite. The packaging is pretty fun, too!

Best Cult Favorite

Chances are you’ve seen the OG Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara rake in award after award. This waterproof version mimics all the attributes of the original with the added benefit of serious staying power.

Best Natural Looking

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara contains pro-vitamin B5 that keeps eyelashes hydrated, while the unique blend of waxes offers natural-looking volume. The brush is designed to separate and coat each lash for a multidimensional effect.

Best Triple Threat

Armani Beauty Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara has earned near cult-favorite status among Hollywood celebs. It volumizes, lengthens, and defines lashes for 24-hour wear. The secret ingredient might be the Microfil technology, while the patented brush has a bristle weave design to catch every lash.
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