After many long months of the intermittently cold and soggy spring weather, summer is finally here—which means we can now officially start complaining about the muggy, uncomfortable heat. Chief among the gripes beauty obsessives will be exchanging in the coming weeks is how to deal with makeup that smudges and smears when sweat and humidity become a daily obstacle. The predicament extends not just to foundation—which can feel like an oppressive mask on a 100-degree day in mid-August—but to mascara as well, which readily turns into a sticky mess as the mercury rises.
Sweat spares no one! We turned to a few of our favourite Canadian beauty bloggers to reveal what they use to maintain their summer-proof flutter. Whether you’re after rich coverage designed to endure a morning workout, inky pigment that won’t flake off overnight or a customized brush that grabs on to even the tiniest of hairs, each of these genius waterproof mascaras offer a quick rain-, sweat-, and otherwise melt-proof fix. And at under $15 apiece, who wouldn’t want to scoop up one—or all five?
1. KYLA NOBREGA @kylanobrega
“I’ve been so impressed with Joe Fresh’s Lash Focus, $10, and am obsessed with the natural boost it gives my lashes.”
2. COURTNEY KELLY @courtneykellybeauty
“Katy Kat Eye By Covergirl, $10.99, has changed my lash game! This revolutionary brush lifts and fans out my lashes for the perfect cat eye look. The waterproof formula makes it perfect for hot summer days; no smudging or mess!”
3. COURTNEY CONNOLLY @labellesirene_
“Summer is here and the beach is calling my name! Between water and sweat to tears and mid-day naps, my mascara needs to withstand it all! My personal favourite is the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara, $13.49, for its smudge-proof, budge-proof and tear-proof abilities and the unbelievable length it gives my lashes. It's a definite summer must have!”
4. FROUZAN MAYELL @froartistry
“I’ve been using L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Carbon Black Mascara, $10.96, since day one! I am absolutely in love with this because it gives me all the length and a nice, rich, black, glossy colour. Plus, there’s not much clumping compared to some others. I've tried them all and this one is hands-down the best waterproof mascara I've ever used.”
5. SAMIRA MOHAMED @doseofsamira
“I love using Volume Flash Scandal Eyes Waterproof Mascara by Rimmel London, $14.38, during the summer!! My mascara stays in place all day without smudging while plumping my lashes and looking voluminous!!"