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A Beginner's Guide To Waterproof Mascara

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Warm-weather weddings have many upsides, but they do offer your make-up a few challenges. Surprise summer storm? Humid heat? Tears of joy? Experience any of these hiccups and you can kiss your carefully applied eye enhancements goodbye. Take an easy preventative measure—no beekeeper's headgear required—and make sure your mascara is waterproof.

We know, we know, you're wondering how to pick just one out of the seemingly endless options? We spoke with Sephora pro Sara Biria, who says to carefully consider how much time you want to invest in your beauty routine. Each brush and formula combination will offer slightly different results, so it's wise to invest in an option that's easy to build and layer. She also reminds us to be mindful about the size and shape of the brush in relation to the size and shape of our eyes. Anything too full and large might overwhelm smaller framed eyes and lashes, making a mess that won't be fun to remove.

Looking for some handy application advice? Our #1 tip for no-fail lashes is primer. Not only does it protect you from the harsh and drying effects that can happen from frequently using waterproof formulas (it is wedding season), but it will provide extra length and volume.

Biria also suggests working one eye at a time, because waterproof mascaras do tend to be a bit drier. And her secret for creating a dark and defined look that will allow your eyes to pop is to wiggle the brush at the base of the lashes before brushing through to the tip of the lash.

Click through our gallery above for 7 of the best waterproof options and our favorite primer, then get ready to bat those eyes no matter how steamy things get this summer.—Cleo Zancope
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