SPF mascara is a thing, and it’s going to save your lashes this summer

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Jacqueline Kilikita
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We protect our skin and the hair on our head, but what about our eyelashes? Stylist tried the first ever SPF mascara…

Slathering on the SPF - come rain or shine - should be an essential step in your skincare routine, especially if you’re serious about keeping both sunburn and the signs of accelerated ageing, like fine lines and pigmentation, at bay.

If you’re an all-over SPF devotee, you’ve probably even supplemented your hair-care arsenal with protection from UVA and UVB, in the form of heat protector sprays, serums and lotions - but have you given a single thought to your lashes? 

Probably not, right? You aren’t the only one, though, but that’s where Eyeko’s brand new Beach Waterproof Mascara Vacay & Volume, £19, comes in.

Designed to withstand water, sweat and everything else a sun-soaked day at the beach throws at your perfectly preened lashes, it’s the beauty sphere’s first ever mascara to boast sunscreen - yes, you read that correctlyas well as sturdy, waterproof pigments to lengthen and thicken lashes and coconut oil to condition, and according to the experts, it’s pretty much vital for shielding your lashes against UV. 

“Wearing mascara that contains SPF can only be a good thing,” says Min Jeong Kang, lash expert at Nails & Brows. “SPF will help protect the eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays but that’s not all. It can also prevent the lashes from frazzling and drying out, which could inevitably lead to lash breakage otherwise.”

And no-one is going to say no to full, fluttery lashes…

As SPF-obsessives, we obviously couldn’t wait to give the mascara a go, but knowing that it was defending our fragile lashes from an onslaught of UV wasn’t the only convincing factor. 

Just three swipes lent our super-straight lashes a flattering curl akin to a twenty-second press with an eyelash curler (just without the inevitable snagging, ouch) and the best part is that it didn’t flake or smudge until it was time to take it off at the end of the day. We used an oil-based eye make-up remover to dissolve all traces.

If you’re heading anywhere hot this summer, you can stockpile it over on right now. 

Images: Unsplash / Eyeko / Instagram