These mascaras have the staying power you need on a day as emotional as your wedding.
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Though it's generally considered a wedding-day beauty staple, waterproof mascara can really be hit or miss. In fact, you may find that your favorite everyday mascara—the one you love and turn to constantly—just doesn't work as well in waterproof form. Clumps, smudges, dryness, flakes are just some of the many drawbacks associated with using a less-than-amazing waterproof formula. A great waterproof product, on the other hand, will have the soft, seamless formula of a non-waterproof iteration but the staying power of one that is. Got it? Good. Luckily, there are more—and better—waterproof options on the market today, so brides-to-be don't need to worry about getting raccoon eyes while crying happy tears on their wedding days.
Since we know that everyone is looking for something different in their mascara (waterproof or otherwise!), we took the liberty of rounding up a selection of the ones we like best for every need. Since some brides favor a no-makeup look, we found a formula that delivers clean, defined lashes without any clumping. Other women are looking for all the drama they can get. If you fall into this camp, you'll be happy to know that we found one product that delivers red-carpet worthy volume. Prefer a lengthened lash line? We're recommending a mascara that delivers Bambi-like eyelashes every single time. Whether you're looking for curling and volumizing or lengthening and conditioning, we're sure you'll find your ultimate waterproof mascara here.
Still worried about not looking your best after getting emotional on your wedding day? Don't be. We've got you (or rather, your lashes) covered with these cry-resistant formulas. Bonus: They'll come in handy for honeymoon dips in the pool, too!
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Whether you have oily eyelids, are getting married in the summer, or just get hot easily, this sweatproof mascara will be a favorite. It also gives your lashes lift and volume while strengthening them, thanks to vitamin C and softening emollient waxes.
Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara, $23, sephora.com.
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We can't have a best waterproof mascara story without including this iconic product. It has been a beauty-editor favorite for years, and it's not hard to see why: It makes your lashes look long and pretty without having to worry about smudges.
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, $6.49, maybelline.com.
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For brides who want glamorous, red-carpet lashes, this genius product will be your go-to. It creates water-resistant tubes around your lashes, locking in the curled, fluttery look.
Blinc Mascara Amplified, $26, sephora.com.
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If it can withstand intense sports, then you know it can definitely withstand a few happy tears. The mascara has a unique fiber-enhanced formula that plumps lashes. It creates an incredibly striking look.
Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara, $18.20, eyeko.com.
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We love the original formula of this mascara—it lengthens, separates, and just gives you the prettiest Bambi-esque lashes—but we weren't sure if the waterproof formula would live up to the original. It does, with the added bonus of no raccoon eyes.
Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Hi Definition Mascara, $27.50, lancome-usa.com.
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If you're a bride who likes the natural look, you'll love this one. It comes in two colors (black and black/brown) and gives you a light, even coating that enhances your lashes without making them look too dramatic.
Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara, $8.99, neutrogena.com.
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This genius brush has 360-degree bristles so that you can easily coat every last lash, even those short, hard-to-reach ones in the corners of the eyes.
Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Waterproof Mascara, $32, sephora.com.
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If you don't think you are makeup savvy enough to use the 360-degree Givenchy brush, this Buxom mascara has an hourglass-shaped brush that also is meant to make it easy to coat every single lash. It volumizes, separates, and defines without flaking.
Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara, $22, ulta.com.
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This mascara has a really cool architectural wand that stretches your lashes to do exactly what you'd think a "butterfly" mascara would do—give you a super separated, fluttery look.
L'Oréal Paris Butterfly Waterproof Mascara, $8.99, lorealparisusa.com.
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Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara has a cult following for good reason: The mascara's oversized wand lengthens lashes without clumping for instant fringe appeal.
Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, $29.50, dior.com.
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This formula is paraben-free and just about does it all, including lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning. Rely on it to stay the course through tears, sweat, and rain.
Tarte's Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara, $23, tartecosmetics.com.
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Black is everyone's go-to, but why not step outside the box with a deep, beguiling navy shade? Pacifica Beauty's mascara is a beautiful (and not so severe) choice, especially for blondes. The vegan formula also boasts coconut oil to nourish.
Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mineral Mascara, $14, pacificabeauty.com.
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Hate false lashes but still want a fuller look? The collagen-enriched (and waterproof!) mascara plumps and primps in a single coat. Just imagine how amazing it'll look after several hours of wear.
Maybelline Volum'Express the Colossal Chaotic Lash Waterproof Mascara, $7.77, maybelline.com.