My only advice for avoiding mascara tears and black smudges of eyeliner under your eyes in the dead of the summer?
Unless you’re spending every waking moment of the season sitting directly in front of an AC, it’s a non-negotiable if you want a look that lasts. While many products claim to be budge-proof, smudge-proof, and immune to the powers of sweat, there’s only a handful that I think truly perform.
So, I put in the work, dealt with mascara tears so you didn’t have to, and compiled my favorite melt-resistant mascaras and eyeliners for summer. Keep scrolling for six essentials to shop now.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eyeliner In Black Ink
Sure, you have to be handy with an eyeliner brush, but this potted gel formula applies like a sharpie and sticks around without any bleeding, creasing, or flaking for up to 12 hours.
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara
If you want to wear a little makeup to the beach or a pool party, this mascara is your best bet. It’ll lengthen your lashes and make you look awake, but the intensely black pigment won’t rub off when water or sweat comes in contact with it.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
I love this eyeliner because you can blend it out to create a smoky eye look that lasts, but you have to do it within 30 seconds of application. After that, it’s locked into place for the whole day. Bonus: It’s available in over 30 colors.
Dior Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Waterproof Mascara
Press down on the squeezable tube before application—this preps the waterproof, intensifying formula to smoothly and evenly cover each individual lash.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Stila’s waterproof liquid eyeliner is a classic because it acts like a tattoo. The formula disperses through an super-fine tip, allowing for control and precision. That “stay all day” in its name? It’s legit.
Lancome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara
For mega-lash volume that doesn’t smear under your eyes, enlist the help of this blue-and-black tube. It’ll give you the fluttery eyelashes of your dreams.