The Best Waterproof Mascara That Doesn't Smear

These waterproof mascaras stand out from the pack.

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Hey, raccoon eyes! Streaky, messy, runny, smeared mascara is enough to make passersby run for the hills. That look is downright scary! To fatten and make your lashes touch the sky, you need a waterproof formula that resists smearing, streaking, running and flaking. Whether you're a beauty junkie who prefers to splurge on her purchases or a cheap chica who loves to hit up the drugstore for hidden gems, a mascara exists that fits your budget. These mascaras will leave you batting a thousand.

Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara

InStyle beauty editors know their stuff, so it's smart to trust their expertise when it comes to beauty products. They voted Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara the best waterproof mascara in their 2011 Best Beauty Buys feature. They say that it enrobes lashes in "glossy blackness that sits tight through rainy days and weepy films." An added plus: since the mascara takes longer to set, it doesn't make your lashes brittle. It lets you craft a "full, vampy fringe" that people will notice from miles away ... well, almost.

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

For fringe that goes the distance, look no further than the iconic pink and black tube. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, the drugstore classic for decades, beat out its department store competitors to win InStyle's top waterproof mascara pick in the mag's 2010 Best Beauty Buys. (It also won accolades in 2007 and 2005.) The "clump-proof, low-priced formula" is a winner among everyday women and makeup artists alike for its lengthening and thickening properties.

Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara

Another drugstore knockout from Maybelline! Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara may be tiny in stature, but it's no lightweight. The slim brush with teeny tiny bristles grabs every last lash, right down to the baby ones in the inner corners, and coats them in glossy color for rich definition. A happy side effect: your lashes look longer with this on. InStyle editors gave it the nod for best overall mascara in their 2008 Best Beauty Buys list.

Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara

Cannonball! Although this mascara can stand up to a swift plunge into the pool, there's no swimming required to wear Urban Decay Cannonball waterproof mascara. The editors of Real Simple mag say you can kiss raccoon eyes goodbye forever with this on your lashes. The long-lasting gel mascara won't smudge, flake, or smear, even when you take a dip.

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