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Waterproof Eye Makeup Essentials: Waterproof Mascaras, Eyeliners and Brow Pencils That Won’t Budge

Discover Lancôme’s best waterproof eye makeup including waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliner, and long-lasting brow pencils with no-smudge formulas.


Eye makeup can dramatically change your look – even just a coat or two of mascara can refresh and renew your look, but with eye makeup often comes smudging and smearing – and no one wants smudging and smearing from their mascara or eyeliner. Dipping to the restroom only to see a myriad of smudges and smears on your eyelids and underneath your eyes (often known as racoon eyes) can put a hamper on your day and ruin your makeup look. Whether it’s a hot summer day, a pool party, a day of lounging at the beach, or a tear-inducing event (like a wedding) we’ve got you covered with our best waterproof makeup that lasts.

Waterproof Mascara

Some formulas of mascara are more prone to smudging and smearing than others – but when a waterproof mascara comes into play that can often be avoided. Long-lasting, water resistant and waterproof – a good waterproof mascara can keep your lashes looking long and voluminous all day long.

Our Best Waterproof Mascaras for Voluminous Lashes

A waterproof mascara variation of our high-volume Monsieur Big Mascara delivers bold lash volume for up to 24 hours. Ultra-creamy, sweat proof, and smudge-proof this waterproof mascara doesn’t require touch-ups and doesn’t flake or smudge. With its unique brush shape and soft, wavy fibers Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara glides onto lashes like silk and delivers up to 12x the volume of natural lashes with the very first stroke. The supple waxes and polymers in the formula adhere immediately to lashes for big, buildable volume and length so you can enjoy high volume lashes all day long without smudging or smearing.

Our Best Waterproof Mascara for Long, Lifted Lashes:

With a lightweight gel formula our Lash Idôle Mascara is designed to target each and every single lash for instant lift, length, and fully fanned out volume without clumping and it comes in a waterproof mascara formulation that allows you to create a soft and feathery lash look that lasts. The Lash Idôle Waterproof Mascara formula provides lashes with up to 24 hours of waterproof wear and utilizes the same great gel formula which doesn’t weigh down lashes or leave them feeling heavy allowing you to easily enjoy fluttery and lifted lashes and a feathery soft look without clumping, flaking, or smudging. Plus the waterproof mascara formula is also suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Our Best Waterproof Mascara for Natural Lashes

Waterproof mascara isn’t just reserved for bold and dramatic lashes – our Définicils mascara is a top product for creating a natural lash look so it’s perfect for complementing a softer summer makeup look. The mascara perfectly lengthens and separates lashes with just with one sweep of the wand and the waterproof formula - Définicils Waterproof Mascara withstands tears and inclement weather without smudging or smearing and it’s Ophthalmologist-tested, fragrance-free and suitable for contact lens wearers.

Waterproof Eyeliners

No one wants to work hard on applying their perfect cat eye or winged eyeliner, or taking time to perfect a graphic eyeliner look only for it to fade, smudge and smear by the end of the day and this is exactly where a waterproof eyeliner comes into play. From waterproof pencil eyeliner to waterproof liquid eyeliner it’s easy to create an eyeliner look that lasts. A waterproof eyeliner is also a must for creating the inner corner eyeliner look where eyeliner is applied close to the tear duct of the eyes.

Our Best Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner:

With an ultra-precise felt tip and luminous black pigments Idôle Liner enables seamless eyeliner application that lasts. Allowing for ease of use, the eyeliner features an ultra slim felt tip easy glide, one stroke application and ergonomic packaging so it’s easy to nail your eyeliner even if you’re a beginner.

With up to 24 hours of waterproof wear this waterproof liquid eyeliner lasts with no smudging, flaking, or fading. The formula is silky smooth and highly pigmented with supercharged luminous carbon-black pigments and provides satin black color that lasts throughout the day without smearing or smudging.

Our Best Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner:

Our Drama Liqui-Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner is a 24-hour, longwear, waterproof pencil eyeliner that delivers long-lasting, pigmented color in just one stroke. With a hybrid gel-liquid-pencil formula Drama Liqui-Pencil’s has the richly pigmented effect of a liquid eyeliner, with the ease of application of a pencil. The creamy texture effortlessly applies to the lash lines and remains soft to allow for blending and the correction of any mistakes, but once set the eyeliner does not smudge, flake, fade or transfer, providing up to 24 hours of waterproof wear.

Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil

It’s a commonly known beauty hack that your eyebrows help to frame and shape your face – and they can drastically change your look. Well-groomed eyebrows can easily be created with a few strokes of brow pencil – but for the most natural and realistic look (think: no smudging or fading throughout the day) you will want to look for an eyebrow pencil which is long-lasting and preferably waterproof. Our Brow Define Pencil is a waterproof eyebrow pencil with a budge-proof, smudge-proof formula which wears for hours without fading. The formula effortlessly grips the skin and brow hairs, and the pencil has an ultra-fine, precise tip making it simple to create hair-like strokes and a well-defined shape even in areas where there is missing hair. The waterproof formula makes it perfect for all-day wear, makeup in the summer heat or makeup when you’re poolside or beachside.

How to Remove Waterproof Eye Makeup

One of the best parts of waterproof eye makeup is its ability to last through sweat, tears, and water – but those attributes can also make waterproof eye makeup difficult to remove at the end of the day. Bi-Facil our award-winning eye makeup remover effortlessly lifts away longwear, stubborn eye makeup including waterproof and water-resistant formulas with ease. With bi-phase technology – the waterproof eye makeup remover features a lipid phase that lifts eye makeup off and a water phase which contains unique emollients to help leave skin feeling perfectly cleansed without feeling greasy or sticky.

Other Products for Long-Lasting and Waterproof Makeup

Waterproof eye makeup which withstands water, smudging, smearing, and fading is definitely an important factor especially when it comes to summer makeup — but another important makeup consideration is face makeup and foundation. Learn top tips on how to apply your makeup in the summer heat and help your makeup look sweat proof and humidity proof.

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