There's no such thing as a magic wand, but a mascara wand comes pretty darn close. The perfect mascara lifts and volumizes, coats every lash and when it comes to your wedding day, you definitely want it to be long lasting too. Naturally, you'll probably shed a tear a two on your special day, so that's why it's so important to put your eye makeup to the test. To wit, we watched some of the sappiest, love-filled wedding videos here on BRIDES while wearing some of the latest waterproof, budge-proof options and discovered how each held up. Read on below for our favorites.
For Lindsey and Mike's colorful California wedding, we swiped on Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Waterproof Mascara. The unique triangular brush managed to get the tiniest of hairs on the inner and outer corners of our eyes. Plus, the water-resistant formula helped it to stay put through a tear-jerking moment where the bride's grandparents appeared on FaceTime since they couldn't make it to her wedding. The oil-based ingredients also make sure your mascara look doesn't dry out or flake off throughout the day. ("Lash Sensational Luscious" waterproof mascara, $6.99, Maybelline available at Target)
For Kylie and Torie's bright and airy wedding in Cape Town, South Africa, Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Waterproof Mascara didn't budge as we watched the groom's emotional, heartfelt reception speech where he talked about the moment he knew he fell in love with his new wife. The S-shape curve of the brush grasps each lash with one pass and the creamy application doesn't irritate sensitive eyes. We love that it now comes in a mini travel size, too, so you can easily store it in your wedding day clutch in case you want to touch up at the end of the night. ("Hypnôse Drama" waterproof mascara, $13, Lancôme available at Sephora)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is just as good as the OG, but the lash-lengthening, water-resistant formula gives you the coveted faux lash look in just a couple of coats. We love the way it looks after a good cry watching Suzie and Will's intimate vows during their elopement in Paris. Her sweet pink wedding gown and the stunning outdoor backdrop all added to the personalized feel. Wiping away tears after the groom kissed his bride, we noticed a few lashes sticking together, but in a really cool, Catherine Deneuve-like way that we thought only French girls could pull off. ("Better Than Sex" waterproof mascara, $23, Too Faced available at Ulta)
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We pulled out the big guns — NARS Black Moon Audacious Mascara — for Erica and Michael's Napa Valley nuptials. The high school sweethearts have been waiting 10 years to tie the knot, and everything from their romantic vow to the bride's father serenading them with a song, totally tugged at our heartstrings. Though this mascara is not technically waterproof, we didn't even notice thanks to its long-lasting properties. We love the way the tapered tip is great for the lower lashes as well, and the color is so dramatic that you barely need liner. ("Black Moon Audacious" mascara, $26, NARS)
For Ali and Tony's rainy and oh-so-romantic wedding in the Hamptons, Milk Makeup Weekend Lash Stain's high-tech polymers didn't budge as we had all the feels during their sweet, hand-written vows. The vitamin-infused formula coats lashes from root to tip, but the lash stain won't clump or dry them out. We also love the skinny wand and brush, making it easy to apply above and below lashes as well as those tricky lower lashes. ("Weekend" lash stain, $22, Milk Makeup)