Finally: A Definitive List of Mascaras That Won't Budge


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I think it's safe to say that pretty much anyone who wears mascara wants one that doesn't budge at all. There's really nothing more annoying (makeup-wise) than painstakingly applying the product to your lashes and feeling so good about it, only to look in the mirror later on in the day to see a smudged mess. There are just so many mascara options to choose from out there, but of course, not every formula is the same. Some have more staying power than others. Some might even claim to be waterproof and clump-free, but they're not. And if you haven't found your holy-grail product yet, it can be a bit overwhelming to shop for one.

That's where we come in. We've combed the reviews, looked at our own makeup stashes, and studied the best-sellers our readers love to share a definitive list of the best smudge-proof mascaras. Take a look below.


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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.