Waterproof mascara isn't always the answer for weepy hay-fever eyes -- it certainly has rarely been the answer for me. My oily lids and my half-Asian bone structure mostly laugh in the face of waterproof. "Waterproof doesn't mean oil-proof," they like to remind me, sometimes with a couple of curse words thrown in.
So my first recommendation to anyone who wants mascara to stay. the. feck. put, whether it's for summer, a wedding, spin class or a funeral (true story!) is tube-technology mascara. And it's the type I recommend for allergy-season unfortunates too, because it triumphs over oil, tears, sweat, humidity and rain, and washes off with very warm water. That means no extra rubbing-induced irritation with eye makeup remover.
My standing favourites for sparse lashes: Clinique Lash Power Mascara ($16 at Clinique counters; I wore it on The Maid of The Mist -- and look like I'm on a first date with Dexter); Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Mascara ($21 at drugstores; lisewatier.com); Cargo Better Than Waterproof Mascara ($20, cargocosmetics.com); and L'Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara, which includes a lash primer on one end to add length first ($14.95, drugstores).
That said, some people have had great success with straight up waterproof mascara that withstands allergies. Visit SinusSister.com (love the name), who certainly knows what she's talking about when it comes to mascara that isn't anything to sneeze at.
Oh, and if you're an allergy sufferer + an iPhone owner, you might like to know about the Reactine Allergy Forecast App, available free via the App Store. It gives you three-days-in-advance info on weather forecasts and related allergy expectations so you can plan ahead re: medication or outdoors-avoidance.
What's your favourite stay-put mascara, either waterproof or tube-tech type? Do you have pollen-related allergy issues? And an iPhone?