Your Best Lashes, Just A Drugstore Away

If there’s one thing everyone knows about me, it’s that I’m a cryer. I can’t help myself — I’m an overly-emotional cancer, so I’m basically bred for tearing up at any kitten photo that comes my way. It is what it is, and I’ve come to accept it, but what I can’t deal with is the mess my crying leaves behind.


But, my friends, don’t fret: There are some legit waterproof mascaras on the market to help settle your cosmetic conundrum. This almost feels like too much — like, we want to prevent it but I think we’re coming in too hot on the crying idea.


Waterproof Mascara: The Beauty Essential For Teary Eyes


Clearly we’ve all heard of waterproof mascara, and many of you probably have some stocked in your bag. But, I feel like they’re an underutilized option that deserves its time in the spotlight. They still give lashes those wispy, fringe finishes, but won’t dare to budge an inch off of them. Plus, contact wearers and oily skin types rejoice: Many of these formulas are actually safe for sensitive eyes, and their ultra-strong bond won’t give into smearing onto oil-slicked skin, according to Moda Brush Executive Artist Dominique Lerma. They may be stubborn to take off, but it’s nothing a good oil cleanser can’t wash away. It’s an obvious switch, and there’s really no reason to give these innovative formulas the cold shoulder.


“Waterproof mascara is your friend,” Lerma says.  “As the day progresses makeup tends to transfer, and a solid application of a waterproof formula will aide in resisting walking around with raccoon eyes.”


Before you run off to your beloved beauty counter and empty your bank account, try checking the drugstore aisle instead. Hear me out: Just because something is drugstore, doesn’t mean it’s a low-grade product. Some of the best beauty brands like e.l.f. Cosmetics, NYX, and Wet n’ Wild can be found within the aisles of your local drugstore, so don’t knock them ‘till you try them.


Ahead, the top-rated waterproof drugstore mascaras to try now.


The Best Waterproof Drugstore Mascaras


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara


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This volumizing mascara coats your lashes from root to tip with a no-budge formula. Through the unique fanning brush, this pick can get to every corner of your lashes, creating a dramatic butterfly-effect. The ten layers of bristles sections off each individual lash, delicately coating them while avoiding any clumping or webbing. It’s the perfect mascara to use when you want to add a little drama to your style. Just two coats is all you need to create a fuller, thicker look.


CoverGirl Total Tease Mascara


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Crafting fuller, sexier lashes has never been easier than with a simple coat of this revolutionary formula. Create an easy, breezy, beautiful finish with this best-selling CoverGirl mascara. It comes in three waterproof shades to boost and define your lashes, all fine-tuning them via the lash teasing comb. You can effortlessly reach the thinnest of lashes and give them a much-needed tint with the help of this waterproof pick.


e.l.f.cosmetics Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara


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If you’re into strikingly dark lashes, then this is the mascara for you. This mascara covers your eyelashes in an intense black hue, while enhancing volume and length. The no-clump formula creates a fanning effect that lasts from morning to night, no matter how many tears you shed throughout the day. On top of it’s phthalate, paraben, and aluminum-free formula, it’s also a cruelty-free option for animal lovers.


Almay Mega Whole Lotta Lash Volume Mascara


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Think of this mascara as a Swiss army knife: it has a megaphone-shaped brush head to fit all of your lash-enhancing needs. Create some drama for a more intricate look by sweeping the outer lashes with the flared end, or pack on the volume by layering with the flat end. It’s a great everyday mascara for it’s buildable formula that goes from natural to extreme with just a few adjustments.


L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Mascara


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Toted as the ultimate drugstore dupe to the fan-favorite Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, this formula is far from your ordinary lash enhancer. This versatile pick focuses on both length and volume, creating a feathered effect in every swipe. This mascara won’t leave your lashes stiff as a board, beating out some of the pricier luxury brands at a fraction of the cost. The best part: one coat is all you need for a total glow-up.


NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara


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Flutter and bat your eyes to your heart’s content with this lightweight formula. Not only does it have a tear-proof hold, but it’s also packed with nourishing natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lashes soft and conditioned. Nylon fibers work to extend your lashes, giving them a miles-long style. It’s basically an all-in-one lash lift and extension in a bottle, and gives even the thinnest of hairs an impressive effect.


Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara


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If you frequent the drugstore aisle, then you’re probably familiar with Neutrogena’s skincare line (specifically their iconic makeup wipes). But, they actually have a surprisingly great cosmetics collection, and their Healthy Volume mascara definitely doesn’t disappoint. The clump-free formula gives off a voluminous appearance, and it’s safe enough for contact wearers and sensitive eyes to use without caution. The result: 400 percent fuller lashes without discomfort, webbing, or streaking.


Maybelline Great Lash Mascara


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This is the O.G. mascara that was probably in your middle school makeup bag, and it’s more than deserving of a major comeback. Lerma noted that this is one of her favorite picks, and it’s clear to see why. This extensive elixir glides on with ease as it coats your eyelashes with a thickening, volumizing formula. The brush makes application on each and every lash a piece of cake, and it comes in two waterproof colors to keep your makeup in tact no matter what the day (or your emotions) may bring.


Revlon Super Length Mascara


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Are short, stubby lashes bringing you down? Then this drugstore pick is what you need to create skyscraper-long lashes. This mascara is filled with elongating fibers that cling on without any fallout, and sticks to your lashes for a full 24 hours. No rock-hard feel here: it’s plush formula leaves every strand soft and flexible, creating a natural look and feel. The tapered brush lets you slick this lengthening mascara onto your shortest of eyelashes, letting them reach new levels of intensity.


Wet n’ Wild Mega Protein Mascara


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A little beauty 101: every hair on your body is actually made up of protein, and needs proper nourishment to stay beautiful and healthy from inside and out. The megaminds over at Wet n’ Wild took this into note when they created with mascara, and infused it with soy and wheat proteins to give your lashes some TLC. Plus, acai oil is also added to condition these fine hairs. So, your lashes will look healthier and stronger even when they’re makeup-free.


L’Oreal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara


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This lash duo may have an added step to it, but the extra work is worth the results. The black primer gives your lashes a softer, fringed feel while adding an extra tint, while the mascara end contains lengthening fibers for a volumized, expanded finish. Use one end for a casual everyday look, or layer on both to create the ultimate lashes.

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