Mascara can make your eyes look bigger, more awake, and generally more alluring, but many of them contain additives, such as dioxane, parabens, and phthalates, that are linked to troubling health consequences. Not so pretty, right? And while lush, full lashes are an integral part of any wedding day look, your mascara doesn't need to be riddled with chemicals to get them. If you think you're ready to jump on the green beauty bandwagon, finding safe, effective cosmetics isn’t as difficult as you may think. When it comes to nontoxic and natural mascaras, there are lots of safe and super-effective options.
We asked makeup mavens to share the best clean formulas on the market. Don’t let the ingredient lists fool you—these natural wonders deliver all the aisle-worthy oomph of their conventional counterparts, but without the chemical preservatives and anti-fungals.
Below, see the best nontoxic and natural mascaras that really work.
ILIA Limitless Mascara
This newbie is already creating a lot of buzz. “It offers buildable volume, length, and a flirty flip,” says makeup artist Lou Dartford. Plus, it won’t budge for hours but also washes off with warm water—saving you from scrubbing at the end of the evening.
Meet the Expert
Lou Dartford is a makeup artist and green beauty blogger.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $28
W3ll People Expressionist Pro Mascara
Free of nasties (parabens, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, etc.), this jojoba-infused formula gives lashes a lush, full appearance. Bonus: You don’t have to be a glam guru to achieve expert-level results. The high-tech rubber brush makes application a piece of cake.
SHOP NOW: Target, $21.99
Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara
Between exchanging vows and listening to heartfelt toasts, happy tears come with the territory. For brides who need a bit more staying power, Dartford suggests this waterproof mascara. It pledges to lift and curl for a whopping 24 hours, so even if you fall asleep in your makeup, you'll wake up looking glamourous.
SHOP NOW: Credo Beauty, $25
RMS Beauty Volumizing Mascara
Want va-va-voom lashes for your wedding? RMS Beauty brings the drama, delivering on its promise to volumize and thicken without sacrificing separation. This cult favorite also boasts a nourishing blend of natural oils, shea butter, and plant waxes to keep your lashes soft, healthy, and conditioned.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $28
Kjaer Weis Mascara
Not only is Kjaer Weis certified organic and loaded with good-for-you ingredients, it comes with a genius wand that guarantees a defined, shapely look every time. The container is refillable too, which means less waste. That's great news for your peepers and the planet.
SHOP NOW: Credo Beauty, $38
Inika Long Lash Vegan Mascara
“This award-winning vegan formulation is currently in my makeup bag,” reveals Dartford. It’s packed with vitamin E and sunflower oil to condition while boosting length and fullness. On top of that, you don’t have to worry about flaking, clumping, or drying.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $33