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It’s almost inevitable that you’ll shed a few happy tears on your big day, but, even if you don’t, you’re still going to want a mascara that keeps you looking polished through intense sunshine (hopefully!), LOL-tastic speeches and raucous dancefloor antics (again, hopefully!). For this reason (and many more!), waterproof mascara is your friend! Your wedding makeup artist can help you choose the perfect product to use on the big day, but it’s no harm getting to grips with some of the best ones in advance, so you can be truly confident that your eye makeup is staying put on the day itself! But, before we introduce our favourite wedding mascara products, we wanted to answer a frequently-asked question on this topic…
Should you reapply mascara on your wedding day?
It depends on the mascara, but, in general, no, it’s best not to reapply your mascara throughout the day, as too many layers of mascara can make your lashes look heavy or clumpy. Generally, when you think you could do with touching up your lashes, it’s because the curl has been lost, so a better option is to (carefully!) curl them with a curler, without adding more mascara. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule! Some mascara formulations are very waxy, and these are good for adding coats during the day. Our #10 pick is perfect for this, but if you’re still unsure, it’s worth taking your potential wedding mascara out for a test drive before the big day!
The Best Waterproof Mascaras for Brides
1. Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara
€27.95 at Look Fantastic
Big on volume, and big on weatherproof properties, Estée Lauder’s Sumptuous Extreme is a seriously powerful mascara. The brush works to multiply and magnify the lashes, and the formula boasts three different high-volume fibres. A conditioning vitamin complex keeps lashes clump-free and hydrated, too!
2. YSL Waterproof Luxurious Mascara
€34 at Brown Thomas
YSL has a cult classic with its Faux Cils mascara, and this is the waterproof, 24-hour wear version. A false lash effect is guaranteed, and it’s easy to remove with a bi-phase eye makeup remover. Just remember to use a curler to amplify the look of false lashes. This is a mascara with legions of fans, and we’re delighted to report that it’s worth the hype.
3. Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Waterproof
€37 at Brown Thomas
One of the finest luxury brand mascaras in waterproof form, Le Volume works for all lashes, sparse or full. The quick-drying lash liquid has a dense brush head that catches and coats even the tiniest lash. Long-wearing, the carbon black liquid never smudges or flakes, making it perfect for a hot day.
4. Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Waterproof Mascara
€33 at Arnotts
Hypnôse is one of the biggest-selling mascara lines in the world of luxury makeup. Doll Eyes is a special buy, giving a big, fluttery lash look thanks to its conical brush head. The waterproof liquid is weightless, but the lashes still look lifted and extended. Wiggle the wand from root to tip to get the best coverage.
5. M·A·C Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash Mascara
€25.50 at Brown Thomas
Why have one great waterproof mascara when you can have two!? Haute & Naughty is a very clever waterproof mascara from M·A·C. One brush gives a natural lash look, the other coats the lashes with more liquid for a more dramatic lash line. There’s a dual-swiper system inside that delivers whichever look you’re going for, even though the brushes look the same. Clever!
6. Maybelline Falsies Waterproof Mascara Very Black
€10.45 at Look Fantastic
Delivering false lash-levels of glam in a flash, and waterproof to boot, Maybelline’s Falsies waterproof mascara is an affordable favourite. You get no smudging or transferring, so, if you have a sunny location booked for your big day, this is the perfect budget buy to throw in your case. Fans of a larger brush adore this mascara, too.
7. Clarins Wonder Perfect 4D Waterproof Mascara
€27 at Arnotts
Sleek and resistant to tears, water, and humidity, Clarins 4D mascara visibly lengthens shorter lashes and gives great definition. More often than not, fat brushes give great volume but long narrow brushes give maximum length. If you want extra volume, give the lashes an extra coat.
8. IT Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof 3-In-1 Black Primer – Liner – Mascara
€26.50 at Brown Thomas
This is a really interesting mascara option from IT Cosmetics. A three-in-one product, it has the smallest brush head we’ve ever seen and for good reason. IT says that the brush can get right to the roots with Tightline, giving an instant liner look. The liquid has lash-conditioning ingredients that nourish root to tip, and 12 hours of wear is guaranteed. Genius.
9. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara
€22.50 at Brown Thomas
A cult classic for many years now, Clinique High Impact gives lashes incredible length and volume. Waterproof, with a jet black finish, the mascara resists flaking, clumping, or smudging. Other than developing this waterproof version, Clinique has done little to change this mascara for years, keeping it exactly how fans want it. This one is also suitable also for sensitive eyes.
10. Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara
€22.95 at Look Fantastic
Perversion Waterproof is incredibly hard-wearing, it withstands water, heat, tears, and humidity. The creamy formula is infused with lots of lash-conditioning ingredients, including honey. The formula is smudge- and clump-resistant, and it’s possible to build on the layers throughout the day, if you want a more dramatic look. For volume, length, and an inky black finish, you can’t go wrong.