Winterise your eyes: 10 weatherproof mascaras to try

Winter mascaras

A little red-haired, orphan girl has danced upon the stage and screen for circa 30 years telling us we’re never fully dressed without a smile. Well, Annie my dear, you’re lucky that you weren’t born with resting bitch face. Or maybe I’m lucky that I was – you know, to keep all those crows feet and fine smile lines at bay…

Because while a smile is really a delightful notion and finishes off every outfit, from boardroom to extend barre to the actual bar, I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re never fully dressed without a slick of mascara.

Oh, sure it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite so smoothly, but boy does your outfit look complete when you’re bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and adequately lashed. One tiny tube can change your whole look, even if you are sans any other makeup, defining your eyes by coating your lashes really is the pièce de résistance.

Now, you might love mascara as much as I do (well, if by love you mean unhealthy affinity…) but wanting to be doe-eyed at this time of year comes with a whole set of challenges. And here you were thinking that summer and swim season was tough to navigate. During the cooler months, mascara aficionados need to be on full alert for rain, whipping winds and makeup flakage to maintain luscious lashes all year round.

Fear not though, the hard work has been done for you.

Here are some of the best cold- and wind-resistant mascaras to use during winter:


There are so many, erm, benefits with this mascara but right at the top of the priority list is that it won’t smudge or dry out. High five for no makeup flakes on panda eyes! This mascara is also brilliant for lengthening the lashes all the while curling and separating. It’s like a working mum, it literally can do everything – except the dishes, you’ll probably have to do those yourself.

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Shop → Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $38


YSL and eyelashes have been friends for years, but with the recently improved Volume Effet Faux Clis, they’re about to become besties. The new Lash Care formula oozes Vitamin B5, which nourishes lashes to strengthen and protect them so no matter your lifestyle and or the elements you’re subjected to, your peepers will always be bright. Added bonus, the product comes in six different shades and harbours a beautiful floral scent.

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Shop → YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils, $55

Urban Decay 

Just like you skin and hair need some extra TLC during the cooler months, with rich body creams and hair masks, so too do your eyelashes. Get pervy with the indulgently creamy Urban Decay to nourish lashes as you apply. Not only will the eyelashes you have be protected, but the amino acids and proteins featured in Urban Decay’s high tech Perversion Mascara will stimulate the growth of new lashes as well, while the perfectly sculpted brush will allow you to reach the new little guys, creating volume and definition.

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Shop → Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, $32


Whipping winter winds can mean that allergies can run rife at this time of year. If you’re prone to sneezing and watery eyes, then give bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara a try. There’s no irritation as it is free from sulphates, parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrance – a relief if your eyes are sensitive little souls. Additionally, it features a smudge-free formula, so your mascara will stay put all day long, so you can bat those voluminous lashes well into the night.

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Shop → bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara, $18

By Terry

We all love a beauty product that can multitask and the non-smudging Terrybly Mascara fits that bill to a tee. Not only will it give each individual lash volume, length and curl to provide unbelievable, unclumpy, thickness, it contains Lumicoat Care Technology. How, you ask? This technology helps lashes grow stronger and silkier from base to tip, which is just what the (beauty) doctor ordered at a time of year when lashes can become dry and brittle with the cool weather and central heating.

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Shop → By Terry Terrybly Mascara, $65

Josie Maran

This product combines the strength of bamboo with the nourishing properties of Argan oil to condition lashes with every coat without weighing them down. The innovative wand also means that you’ll capture even the bittiest of your little lashes for a fuller effect.

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Shop → Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara, $27


Aloe Vera and vitamin B5 take pride of place in Almay’s bear hug of a mascara. The creamy formula means eyelashes are nourished without flaking and as the name suggests, using only one coat results in a clump-free finish. This is another great product for those with sensitive peepers, it’s hypoallergenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist-approved and allergy tested.

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Shop → Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara Thickening, $20.95


Waterproof mascara is good in theory, but you have to be as committed to the removal as you are to the application. This means not pulling and scraping it off in the shower, which will see you pull some of those precious lashes out, but using a waterproof makeup remover to ease the mascara off. Are you more like the former than the latter? During winter, why not try a water resistant mascara? Covergirl’s LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara offers volume and length without you having to worry about getting caught in the rain with your Piña Colada with only a cocktail umbrella for protection. To remove, try a gentle face cleanser or a quick swish of eye makeup remover.

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Shop → Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Water Resistant Mascara, $19.95

Estee Lauder

You will be footloose and smudge-free for 15 hours in Estee Lauder’s Double Wear mascara. This long-lasting formula lengthens, curls and separates lashes for a glossy, full mane to define your eyes all day long. This mascara is actually fantastic for year-round use, withstanding the dampness and winds of winter while staying put through the humidity and perspiration (unsightly, we know!) of summer.

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Shop → Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge Mascara, $48

Napoleon Perdis

Bat those silky eyelashes and mesmerise indeed with this fab Napoleon Perdis product. This waterproof formula featuring vitamin E, Panthenol and bamboo works hard to enrich and fortify lashes while offering length, volume and bounce without clumping or smudging. Unlike many of its waterproof competitors, this product doesn’t flake so it’s perfect for those who wear contact lenses or are prone to sensitivity around the eyes. Be sure to remove it with makeup remover so you don’t undo all the great conditioning work of the product.

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Shop → Napoleon Perdis Mesmer Eyes Waterproof Mascara, $39


This mascara is the latest creation by ModelCo, and trust us, given we’ve tried it, you’re going to want a tube. Featuring a rich black eye liner and a lash boosting mascara, this ingenious two-in-one product is all you need for a complete eye look. So whether you want to create a subtle or dramatic flick with defined lashes, Lash+Line has you sorted.
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Shop → ModelCo Lash + Line, $24


If you’re after thick, long and lustrous-looking lashes with zero clumps, this mascara is a winner. The super black formula is smudge-resistant and long-wearing, which is what you want all year round, but particularly so when the weather isn’t makeup-friendly. The best part? Arbonne only uses botanical-based ingredients, so the products are not only good for you, but also the environment too.

TIP: Lower lash wisdom – depending on the shape and length of your lower lashes, you might find that no matter the weather or brand of mascara you use, you always have mascara transfer under your eyes. If this is the case, try a few coats of your favourite brand in a waterproof variety on your lower lash-line to avoid the smudge.

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Kate Herisson
The world of high fashion can sometimes take itself a little too seriously, so Kate combines her love of style, humour and the written word to take readers on a journey of sartorial satire to inject a little fun back into fashion and beauty. Her background in magazines has enabled her to cultivate relationships with some of the biggest beauty brands in the country, allowing her to expand her breadth of knowledge vastly, from lipstick to skin care innovation that she eagerly shares with her readers. When she’s not dipping her left shoulder at the end of an imaginary runway, she can be found doing yoga, running, dreaming of her next travel adventure or drinking tea.