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Smudged mascara, or raccoon eyes, can take your look from fab to drab in two seconds. For a look that goes the distance, keep your mascara where it belongs -- on your lashes! For mascara that truly defies smudging and smearing, you need a waterproof formula. Are you a certified beauty junkie who loves to splurge on the latest, greatest and priciest picks? Hit up the department stores for your waterproof tube. Babe on a budget? No worries -- you can still find knockout mascaras at the drugstore. Swipe one of these on and finally stop worrying about your eye makeup!
Urban Decay Cannonball
Knock-em-dead lashes, no water required! Urban Decay Cannonball is a long-lasting gel mascara that lets you play without paying for it. Real Simple editors love it because it lasts for hours without streaking, smudging or smearing. Although it's perfect for the dog days of summer, when humidity and perspiration get the best of you -- and you're tempted to take an impromptu dip in the pool or ocean -- it's great year-round for gorgeously black lashes that aren't going anywhere.
Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara
Who better to seek beauty advice from than the beauty editors at "InStyle"? In their 2011 Best Beauty Buys feature, the mag editors named Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara the best waterproof mascara. According to them, not even "rainy days and weepy films" will cause this mascara to migrate. The formula sweeps a "glossy black" coat onto lashes for a little glamour. And since it takes longer to set, it won't make your lashes crunchy or brittle. No spider lashes here! Just soft, supple fringe that may give people whiplash if you're not careful.
Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara
Got puny lashes? No one will ever know when you swipe on Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara. The skinny tube and tiny wand may look demure, but they deliver big, dramatic lashes. The small, short bristles grab even the tiniest lashes -- and the baby-fine ones at the inner corners -- and coat them in inky black color for a doe-eyed look. People may mistake you for Twiggy! "InStyle" editors gave it the nod for best overall mascara in their 2008 Best Beauty Buys list.
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
Want fat fringe? Trust the iconic pink and black tube to deliver lashes that look like falsies. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, the drugstore classic, triumphed over department store competitors to nab the coveted slot of best waterproof mascara in the 2010 Best Beauty Buys list of "InStyle." And this is a repeat winner; it also took home the prize in 2007 and 2005. The "clump-proof, low-priced formula" gives you pretty definition, length and a hint of volume without streaking, smearing, smudging, or budging.