Top 5 Best Smudge Proof Mascaras You Must Try

(Last Updated On: April 24, 2020)

While some people would look amazing with a $3 mascara for hours, there are those (like me) that would always struggle with black stains under the eyes even with the fanciest ones money can buy. But after some time and a lot of experimenting and testing I finally started realizing how to recognize and pick the right one for me and my oily skin around the eyes.

What is the best tubing mascara?

Difference Between Waterproof and Smudge Proof Mascara

The biggest mistake I was making for years is constantly reaching for waterproof mascaras, expecting that those are the ones made for me. I finally know that there is actually a difference between best mascara that doesn’t smudge or streak (what I was looking for) and a waterproof one.

The very popular water resistant ones are actually made to be resistant to water and tears. This makes them a great choice for places that get a lot of rain, if you like crying on sad movies or maybe if wearing it to the beach (and even swimming with it) is your thing. While waterproof mascara for oily eyelids will protect you from water, they might not work so well protecting you from the oil around your eyes.

If you have an oily eye area, you’re known to accidentally rub your eyes or maybe if you leave in a place where the humidity levels are usually super high, you should look for the best smudge proof mascara. Those are made to protect you from oil and sweat.

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Best Smudge Proof Mascara

Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression

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This is the first smear free one I discovered and loved. And it’s not only streak free but it also delivers everything you need – length, separation and definition that last the whole day. And even better – Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide technology envelops lashes to lengthen and thicken their look.

The mascara for oily eyelids brush has five conic spheres that grab, coat and extend for long, fanned out lashes with each swipe. It’s clump and flake-free and available in two shades: Lasting Black and Lasting Brown.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Non-clumpy and non-flaking
– Super buildable formula
– Unique brush design separates and defines lashes
– Avocado and Olive Oil protects hair and builds volume
– Glossy lash effect
– Panthenol conditions and improves lash elasticity

Keep In Mind:
– The black shade is not so black
– More suitable for a day look than night

Lorac Pro

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This lengthening and thickening professional anti smudge mascara formula is smear-resistant and flake-free. It delivers extra-long, ultra-thick and extremely dramatic lashes with each lash-extending buildable coat.

The super-size jumbo pro brush is designed in a way to easily grab each lash from root to tip and corner to corner for a luxurious faux-lash look. This mascara smudge proof is also ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Makes lashes really full and defined
– The thinner end of the anti smudge mascara brush works great for the inside corner of the eyes
– Buildable formula that can be adapted for both day and night looks
– Brush coats and combs lashes perfectly
– Great for those with sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers

Keep In Mind:
– Tends to flake after 5-6 hours of wear
– Brush takes some getting used to

Estee Lauder Zero Smear

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This mascara smudge proof promises a 15-hour staying power and long lashes that last. But the great thing is – zero streaking. It gives your lashes extraordinary length and unstoppable power. The Smudge-Shield™* formula with innovative polymers locks in the product to keep it on lashes and off you.

Microfiber bristles go deep into lash bed to comb and detangle lashes for super separation from root to tip. Lashes channel through the brush’s saturated core for a rich coating of pigment. One of the best mascara for oily skin!

Why It’s So Popular:
– Keeps lashes in place all day without flakes or clumps
– Washes off easily
– Never streaks, even when working out
– Buildable formula that also works well with just one coat
– Good choice for sensitive eyes

Keep In Mind:
– A bit pricey
– Doesn’t give a lot of volume to the lashes

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious

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This cult mascara achieves high volume and a dramatic false lash effect with zero streaking. The non-drying formula is enriched with B5 provitamin, which deepens, darkens, and leaves lashes looking instantly thicker and fuller. The nylon fiber brush builds luscious volume, coating lashes from root to tip for a bold false-lash look great for nights out. It comes in 8 different color shades. The best mascara that doesn’t smudge!

Why It’s So Popular:
– Lashes really look like false lashes
– Your lashes stay soft the whole day
– With only a few swipes, lashes look dramatic and finely tuned
– Doesn’t clump and removes easily
– Lasts for months even if you use it very often, since a little goes a long way
– The brush is perfect and the application is smooth
– Comes in 8 shades

Keep In Mind:
– A bit pricey
– Contains preservatives

Laura Mercier Long Lash

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This anti smudge mascara extends and precisely separates lashes by expertly scooping up and lengthening each lash. The engineered brush dramatically lengthens and defines lashes while enhancing the eyes. An innovative stretch formula lengthens, separates and curls each lash making lashes appear longer. The long-wearing, water-resistant and streak-proof formula contains rich dark pigments to enhance lash colour. It is fiber-free, paraben-free and ophthalmologist tested – suitable for contact lens wearers.

Why It’s So Popular:
– Great for everyday use
– Gives a natural looking lash weight
– Doesn’t clump
– Stays on all day long
– Really easy to remove
– Really appreciated by people with sensitive eyes

Keep In Mind:
– If you’re looking for a dramatic look, this is not the product for you
– Doesn’t make lashes fuller


Finding a mascara for oily eyelids that won’t smudge isn’t such an easy quest. But once you find it you’ll never want to change it. I personally use Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara smudge proof for some time now and I hope they never stop producing it since it’s definitely one of the better mascaras I’ve used. Also read my other post about the top mascara choices if you have thin lashes. Also Read: Best clear mascaras worth trying

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