Even if you’re not the sentimental type, we’re willing to bet that you’ll shed some tears come your wedding day. Unless you’ve yet to sit in the audience during a ceremony as a couple says their I do’s, you know how tear-jerking things can get. That’s why, especially when it comes to your own nuptials, it’s wise to come prepared—i.e., stroked with the most cry-proof mascara you can find.
To save you the tears, we did the legwork for you and searched high and low for the best mascaras that will have your lashes on point on your big day—even if your ceremony is a total sob-fest!
Benefit BADGal Waterproof Mascara
Long-lasting and smudge-proof are two key qualities to look for when selecting a mascara for your wedding day. Luckily, this mascara offers both, so you’re covered, rain or shine. Hillary Kline, a Minneapolis-based makeup artist, finds this mascara to be particularly useful for those with super-sensitive eyes since it’s non-irritating, even when you try to rub it off at the end of the night.
BADGal Waterproof Mascara, $19, Benefit
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
Don’t let its $10 drugstore price tag fool you: This is one of the most popular waterproof mascaras in the industry. It enhances volume and increases length with a formula that holds far longer than your standard 12 hours—which seriously comes in handy on your wedding day. In clinical trials, 90 percent of women said the mascara doesn’t flake, and 95 percent said it lasted all day. Can’t beat that!
Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $9.99, L’Oréal Paris
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
The shape of this brush is the secret to creating long, lush lashes that are seriously dramatic in all the right ways. In fact, Colby Correnti, Boston-based makeup artist and founder of Pretty Wife Beauty—who uses disposable brushes on her clients to avoid cross-contamination—tells her brides to purchase this mascara just so she can use the actual brush. “It has an hourglass shape that maximizes volume while still separating each lash, which means no clumping,” she tells Brides. “The formula comes in jet black, which is perfect for brides, especially if they want their eyes to pop in photos!”
Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $23, Too Faced available at Sephora
Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
In addition to being a mascara that can stand up to tears, the Cannonball Ultra by Urban Decay is extremely lightweight. Since you might be (probably) running on little sleep, the last thing you want is heavy lashes weighing down your lids. The exclusive Japanese formula consists of a light gel that’s been field-tested in the ocean and sweat-drenched gyms, and it promises not to flake or clump, no matter how hard you sob.
Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, $20, Urban Decay available at Nordstrom
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara
This top-selling mascara is a cult classic for a reason: It lengthens, curls, adds volume, and even conditions lashes without compromising longevity. If you’re not the type to try semipermanent lash extensions but are looking for a natural, long, and lifted look for your big day, this mascara might be as close as it gets. It’s also fragrance free, dermatologist tested, and safe for contact wearers.
Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara, $23, Tarte available at Sephora
Eyeko London Sport Waterproof Mascara
This mascara was made to withstand even the most intense of workouts, so you should be totally covered from the moment you walk down the aisle until the very last dance. It expertly lengthens and separates lashes, thanks to the unique shape of its brush, which can reach from the base of your lash line to the very tip of your lashes.
Sport Waterproof Mascara, $26, Eyeko London
Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara
As its name suggests, this mascara does not fool around in the smudge department. Instead, it clings to each individual lash for a no-clump look that’s über-natural and flawlessly smooth. The secret lies within its ultrathin brush, which is shorter than the average brush, allowing for maximum maneuvering to achieve the exact level of drama—or lack thereof—you’re looking for on your big day.
No Smudge Mascara, $30, Bobbi Brown available at Sephora
Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara
This mascara might sound familiar. That’s because it’s been around for decades, which is a true testament to its impressive abilities! It promises to withstand all levels of heat and humidity (hello, summer brides!), is safe for sensitive eyes and lens wearers, and is ophthalmologist tested.
High Impact Waterproof Mascara, $18, Clinique available at Ulta