8 of the best mascaras that promise not to run, smudge or clump

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Finding the perfect mascara that doesn't leave you with smudges, flakes or panda eyes is no easy feat.

But there are a few great ones out there to keep your peepers looking fresh all day long.

Here's our pick of the best for a smudge-free summer.

MCoBeauty Xtend Lash Mascara, $24

Beauty aficionados rate this as one of the best mascaras of all time, and its extremely reasonable price is an added bonus. It's water-resistant rather than waterproof, and creates 'tubes' around every lash for maximum length, definition and hold. These bind to your lashes, so the mascara doesn't run, smudge, clump or flake, leaving you with ultra black, glossy lashes.

MCoBeauty Xtend Lash Mascara, $24

Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, $48

This waterproof formula is renowned in the beauty industry. It's ultra black and infused with supple waxes so your lashes don't dry out. It will wear for 24 hours perfectly, staying put through rain, sweat or tears.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, $48

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara, $36

This is great if you have sensitive eyes or are prone to allergies. It's infused with a blend of avocado and mamey oil which nourishes lashes, while carnauba wax works to create a long wearing, reliable consistency, while keeping your eyes smudge-free. You'll get thick, dramatic lashes that stay put. Remove it easily with coconut oil on a wet cotton pad. It's cruelty-free and vegan too.

Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara, $36

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Shiseido Imperial Lash Lengthening Mascara Ink, $67.50

If you want uber long lashes with no smudges, this is the way to go. It has a special crown-shaped brush which makes it easy to apply mascara to the lashes in the inner corner of the eye for a fully defined look that stays put.

Shiseido Imperial Lash Lengthening Mascara Ink, $67.50

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Mascara Super Volume, $39

This gets over 100 rave reviews at Adore Beauty. It's a smear-proof, sweat-proof, smudgeproof, sleep-proof, flake-free and water resistant formula - all from a brush that's designed to give your lashes extra thickness. It's mineral oil and fragrance free too.

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Mascara Super Volume, $39

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $14.99

Affordable, and long-lasting, this layers well and will give you lush, defined lashes that don't smudge or flake. A well-worth addition to your makeup bag.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $14.99

Clarins Wonder Perfect 4D Waterproof Mascara, $45

This has a cult following, with wearers claiming it can withstand seriously sweaty faces and hysterical crying. It's also enriched with a unique lash booster serum formulated by Clarins Research, and formulated with a blue lotus wax which creates protection around the lashes.

Clarins Wonder Perfect 4D Waterproof Mascara, $45

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! Mascara, $44

This mascara is water-resistant, not waterproof, but it garners high praise from those who want dramatic volume, lengthened and lifted lashes. It's a matte black colour which coats lashes easily and evenly.

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! Mascara, $44

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