10 Best Smudge Proof Mascaras 2018

If you have the chance to take frequent breaks during the day in order to touch up your makeup, chances are that you’ve probably had to deal with a mascara issue or two.

Smudging is one of many problems that your mascara can cause you, which is why we’ll be looking at some of the best smudge proof mascara options on our list below.

Before we get started, however, you should know that waterproof may not always be the right answer, and here’s why…

Smudge Proof vs. Waterproof

Most of us probably assume that waterproof is going to be the best smudge proof mascara and for some of you, it probably is!

  • Resisting Water. When water is involved, then most likely a waterproof mascara is going to prevent you from experiencing any smudging problems. A dip in the pool, a quick shower when you get off work and need to freshen up before your dinner date, when you’re crying at a wedding. Waterproof is your friend!
  • Resisting Oil and Humidity. When you have super oily skin or live in particularly humid areas, this is where waterproof mascara doesn’t always work.

Mascaras that are marketed as smudge proof aren’t always waterproof, which means that you won’t experience any issues when oil and humidity are involved, but you can experience problems if your eyes are (swimming, shower, tears, etc.)

You also have products that are designed to be both water and smudging!

Top 10 Smudge Proof Mascaras Comparison Table

PictureNameWaterproof?PriceRating (1-5)
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1. Best 3d Fiber Lash Mascara Waterproof Voluminous MascaraYes$$4.6
2. 3D Fiber Lash Mascara by Mia Adora - Premium Formula(*water resistant, smudge proof)$$$4.4
3. COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara BlackNo$4.3
4. 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Set – Improved FormulaYes$$4.3
5. CoverGirl Professional Remarkable Smudge Proof MascaraNo$4.3
6. Maybelline New York Full 'N Soft Waterproof MascaraYes$4.3
7. Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown No Smudge MascaraNo$$$$4.3
8. xtava Super Volume Thickening Mascara - Long-LastingNo$$4.2
9. It's So BIG Volumizing Mascara (Black) by Elizabeth MottNo$$4.2
10. Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara 01 BlackNo$$$4.0

What Else Do You Want Your Mascara To Do?

Now that you’ve determined that you want something smudge proof, waterproof or both, next you need to choose what kind of look you need.

  • More volume?
  • Longer lashes?
  • Easier to remove?
  • Good for sensitive skin?

Think about what you want the mascara to do for your eyes once it’s applied to help you narrow down the choices.

Don’t forget about the color! Black and brown aren’t the only choices out there. You might want to mix it up a little by adding in a fun, bold color.

Prep Your Lashes

An important part of experiencing a smudge-free look is the prep work you do.

  • Curling. Make sure you have an eyelash curler that is appropriate for your eye shape and your lashes.

If you have stick straight lashes, you might look into using a heated eyelash curler. For short eyelashes, try using a mini clamp curler in order to curl small sections at a time.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when curling is doing so after they apply mascara. Some of you may do this and it works fine, but we highly suggest that you curl before. You risk breaking off eyelashes since the mascara will stick to the curler when you open it. Ouch!

  • Primer. Primers will help nourish your lashes and give the mascara something to adhere to once you apply it, so after you’ve curled, apply a light coat of primer to prep your lashes. Break up any clumps with an eyelash brush and then proceed with mascara as normal.

This can also help thicken the lashes for those of you who have very thin, fine lash hair follicles.

Fiber Mascara

You’ll notice that we have a few fiber lash mascara options, and if you’re new to the makeup world, you might not have heard of this.

Basically, this mascara leaves little fibers on your eyelashes as you apply it with the wand, allowing you to slowly build and lengthen them.

It’s true that many mascaras do this anyways, but products marketed as “fiber mascaras” usually come with two tubes: the gel in one and the fibers in the other.

For those of you who want length without using false eyelashes, this might be the perfect product for you!

Top 3 Best Smudge Proof Mascara Reviews

1. Simply 3D Volume Waterproof Mascara

As we just mentioned, a fiber mascara might be the right choice for you if you’re looking for serious lengthening power and smudge proof.

This is nice because you get the two tubes of product (the gel and the fibers) plus an extra brush to help you separate any clumps.

The results are pretty impressive for those who have never used this kind of mascara before, not only because it is smudge proof but also it seems to outperform the Younique brand which costs way more!

2. Mia Adora 3D Fiber Lash Mascara

Another less expensive alternative to Younique and the previous product is the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara from Mia Adora.

This claims to be a water resistant product rather than waterproof, but since you’re on the hunt for smudge proof, we can definitely confirm that it is exactly that! It won’t clump and it won’t smudge.

Perfect for those of you who have short lashes.

3. CoverGirl’s Professional Remarkable Mascara

If you’re in need of a bit of volume but not necessarily length, then you might try the CoverGirl LashBlast Volume mascara.

This is not waterproof but it stays on your lashes and won’t smudge.

CoverGirl’s Professional Remarkable mascara is also an excellent alternative if you’re not looking for volume. You’ll find it on our table above (number 5).

Either one is a great choice, but if for some reason they didn’t work for you, we have plenty of other great smudge proof alternatives for you to check out!