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Beat itchy eyes with these smudge-proof mascaras

Pollen count making your tear ducts go haywire? These hardworking mascaras can help keep irritation to a minimum...

Hayfever season is officially here, which can spell bad news for mascara fiends among us – watery eyes can result in smudges and flecks that Alice Cooper himself would raise an eyebrow at. Not to mention being incredibly uncomfortable - and hayfever is bothersome enough at the best of times. With that in mind, here are some stellar smudge-proof formulas that won’t ruin your summer.

{Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara}

Whether or not you agree it’s better than bedroom fun, this best-selling mascara certainly hits the spot when it comes to staying put and delivering a red carpet-worthy flutter. The hourglass shape ensures no lash is left behind, while the peptide-enriched formula gives good curl.

{NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara Waterproof}

If you’re after that ‘baby doll’ lash à la Twiggy in the 60s, this hardworking wonder is just the ticket, lengthening and thickening with a formula that can withstand humidity, sweat and tears (it’s a great one to wear to the gym if you can’t bear to go make up free).

{Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2}

Your one-stop-shop to flawless Hollywood lashes, this popular formula increases lash volume by over 500%, and is packed with conditioning and elasticizing extracts to keep them long and strong. As one customer noted, “This [new mascara] gives you the same result as the first one but it is really, really smudge-proof - no more panda eyes!”


{Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara}

This cult Japanese brand is the business when it comes to lengthening and thickening lashes – their mascaras are the brainchild of Japanese celebrity Aya Yasude who started customising wands herself until she achieved her desired ‘wow factor’. As well as the innovative lash hugging ‘wibbly’ brush, the conditioning, smudge-free formula is packed with treatment essences to leave lashes looking luscious.

{Stila Cosmetics HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara}

If lashes are your ‘thing’ this is the next best thing to extensions – but far more purse-friendly, not to mention kinder to your natural lashes. The wavy wand and crimped bristles catch and coat each lash, while the bold, flexible pigment is clump and flake-free. Plus, the strengthening and conditioning formula helps boost your own lash growth in the bargain – bonus!

Verity Douglas
Verity Douglas Writer and expert
Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...

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