Wedding season is officially upon us, which means one thing: It’s time to stock up on waterproof mascara. Whether you’re someone who gets teary-eyed during the vows, you’re known to break a sweat on the dance floor or even if the forecast is calling for rain, it’s in your best interest to wear a mascara that will last all day long, no matter what comes your way. And, let’s face it, nobody wants to be the one in the group photo with raccoon eyes.
No matter what kind of makeup look you’re going for, there is a waterproof mascara out there to help achieve it. Here are some of our picks for the best waterproof mascara for every look, plus tips on how to remove it at the end of the night.
For lashes that look like falsies: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara
There’s no need to fiddle around with falsies or commit to extensions when there’s a mascara that will give you the same show-stopping results. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara has a two-step system that works wonders. Step one is a black primer that evenly coats lashes, giving them a volumized look, and gets them ready for fibres. Step two is a fibre mascara that gives 20 times longer and 7 times more voluminous lashes. Opt for the waterproof black option for a look that will wow into the wee hours of the morning.
For a no-makeup makeup look: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara
If you have a less-is-more approach to makeup but still want a little something to make your eyes pop, this mascara is for you. One coat lengthens and thickens lashes just enough to give them a soft and natural boost. Best part? In addition to being available in black, this waterproof mascara also comes in brown, which is a great option if you have fairer skin or lighter hair. Not to mention it’s also safe and comfortable to wear if you have sensitive eyes or you wear contact lenses: It’s fragrance-free, ophthalmologist-tested and allergy-tested.
For a professional-looking lash lift: L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Mascara
If you have ever had your makeup professionally done, your makeup artist might have bent the mascara wand to reach the tiny lashes in the corners of your eye. Well, thanks to the dual-position brush of L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Mascara, you can do this professional trick at home without ruining any wands in the process. Use the wand straight to apply your mascara as normal or bent to get to the inner and outer corner lashes with ease. No matter what position you use, you’ll be left with a gorgeous lengthened and lifted effect that will turn heads.
For a flirty and romantic look: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
A feminine and romantic makeup look is a no-fail option for a wedding, and this award-winning waterproof mascara is your secret weapon to achieving it. In addition to making lashes appear more volumized and lengthened, it leaves them with a soft and feathered look. The product glides on smoothly, without any clumps, and it will stay that way for hours on end thanks to the waterproof formula. Finish the look with a swipe of light pink or coral on your lids, cheeks and lips.
For a killer smoky eye: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
A smoky eye is always a good idea, and while the eyeshadow is key to nailing the look, so is choosing the right mascara. Enter L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, which is designed to give each and every single lash volume and definition. It uses the Clean Sweep Wiping System, which is designed to remove any excess product from the brush that may cause clumps. The result? Beautiful and thick lashes that will complement your winged liner and buffed shadow. Plus, the waterproof formula means no smudges and no messing up the rest of your look.
How to remove waterproof mascara
Wearing waterproof mascara is the best option to ensure that your makeup doesn’t smudge or run, but the intense staying power of these formulas can make it tricky to remove. But following a few simple steps can make the removal a breeze. First, make sure you’re using an eye makeup remover that’s specifically formulated for waterproof makeup like L’Oréal Paris Gentle Eyes & Lips Makeup Remover. Then, soak a cotton pad in the remover and hold it on your lids for 15 to 30 seconds to help break up and remove the mascara. Gently swipe away the cotton pad and voilà!