Anyone who remembers clutching their first tube of OG Great Lash can vouch that mascaras have come a long way since middle school. Raccoon eyes and teary messes have been rightfully laid to rest thanks to new weather-proof formulas made to last all day. Read on to find the newest crop of mascaras equipped to handle all the emotional states and humid climates you happen to find yourself in this summer.
Great waterproof mascara is your best wingman until the point when you're literally scrubbing it off your lashes. Luckily, Clinique's formula has enough staying power to hold its ground on a sweaty night out, but won't require any troubleshooting to remove at bedtime.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula, $17; sephora.com.
Those who are easily emotional and/or living in a monsoon climate will love the outstanding moisture-proofing of this inky noir formula. That's not to mention the mini-brush which reaches even the baby lashes along the inner corner of your eye.
Bobbi Brown Intensifying Longwear Mascara, $28; sephora.com.
Designed for those of us who aren't blessed with Bambi lashes, Covergirl's new Lash Blast formula lengthens stubby lashes with a twirl of its fanning wand. Use for the best effect at events where you want to keep all eyes on your eyes.
The Super Sizer by Lash Blash Waterproof Mascara, $7; covergirl.com.
If a great curl is your aim, the slightly drier formula of this Dior mascara will help you maintain the shape of your lashes without clumping or flaking.
Dior Diorshow Iconic Curl Collection, $30; amazon.com.
Givenchy's sound byte-shaped brush undulates rather than arching or sweeping lashes. Too weird to visualize? The twisted head is suited to hit those hard-to-reach areas of your eyes, and easily separates, lengthens, curls, and lifts—a holy grail lash effect.
Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, $33; sephora.com.
The real star of this Maybelline mascara is its curved, densely bristled brush. It goes to town on lashes from root to tip, sweeping and extending in a fan-like motion that takes your smize one step further.
Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara, $6; amazon.com.
The newest of Lancôme's game-changing mascaras is worth the extra investment for its swan neck wand that's meant to minimize the chance of you poking yourself in the face or doing crazy contortions.
Lancôme GRANDIÔSE Waterproof Mascara, $32; ulta.com.
The end game of L'Oreal's brush/formula combo is to add extra wattage to your lashes, though its best application is for longer lashes that are anything but spider-y.
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, $9; ulta.com.
This under-the-radar mascara brand takes the cake for its smear-proof mascara. If you're not feeling the natural look, ditch the brush for a curvier mascara wand that will serve up more drama.
Palladio Aqua Force Waterproof Defining Mascara, $10; ulta.com.