By definition, rom-coms are emotional: happy, sad, bored, anxious, or on the edge of your seat waiting for the next scene—you're going to feel feelings. Sometimes, those feelings unexpectedly lead to an ugly cry or uncontrollable laughter. And you know what happens after boo-hoo tears: raccoon eyes from smeared mascara running down your face. Instead of reaching for a makeup wipe, reach for a waterproof mascara that will stand the test of time when it's up against a dramatic scene.
Budge-proof mascaras that wash off (relatively) easily and actually feel good on your eyes do exist. Thanks to formulas filled with lash-softening conditioners and water-soluble pigments. You can binge-watch Netflix and cry all you want to with these. When you've had enough of the rom-coms and let all the tears out, your lashes will still look perfectly curled, lifted, and voluminous if you coat them with these waterproof mascaras. So in honor of Marie Claire's rom-com week, check out these six waterproof mascaras that are perfect for a rom-com night.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula, $17
How can one ever forget this iconic line from When Harry Met Sally after Harry finally came around to wanting something more than just being friends on New Year's: "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." Cue the sappy tears. Luckily, Clinique's formula has enough staying power to hold its ground (and give your lashes subtle, natural-looking volume) during this emotional rollercoaster of a movie. What's even better is that it will rinse off cleanly with makeup remover.
CoverGirl The Super Sizer by Lash Blash Waterproof Mascara, $7
Praised as one of the most honest rom-coms to date is 500 Days of Summer. It shows what happens when the pursuit of a relationship just doesn't happen in your favor. Tom is essentially begging for Summer's love (look at the emotion in his eyes!!). But Summer simply "doesn’t believe in love," and proceeds to break Tom's heart ...but then gets engaged to another man. If this triggers you, lean on this drugstore formula. Even when your emotions are all over the place watching this twisted love story, this mascara will leave you with a flattering, extension-level finish, thanks to its inverted fanning wand, which lifts and coats each lash in rich, long-lasting pigment.
Dior Diorshow Iconic Curl Collection Waterproof, $30
Imagine going on a trip to Singapore with your boyfriend for a wedding without a clue that his family is insanely rich—and a tough crowd to please. Poor Constance Wu goes through a lot in Crazy Rich Asians. If you're feeling all her feels while enjoying this rom-com, the combination of this thick, curved spoolie and Dior's classic, fast-dry formula will keep your lashes separated and curled. For insane shapes that truly last all day and night, use a lash curler first, then immediately swipe on two coats of mascara.
Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara Waterproof, $7
It's impossible not to feel like Lana Condor's bestie rooting her on in To All the Boys I've Loved Before. This is the scene when she has to finally admit her bottled-up feelings to her long-time crush... while looking him in the eyes. If you, too, would cry in this moment (or, you know, watching this moment) this budge-proof mascara featuring a dual-sided brush will have your back. One end features curved, ultra-thick bristles that layer on the mascara for volume and curl, while the other has short, comb-like bristles to de-clump and separate. The result? Gorgeous, genuinely sensational lashes that rival a set of falsies—except they won't fall off halfway through your sob session.
Bobbi Brown Intensifying Longwear Mascara, $30
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I feel like every '90s baby understands and relates to this teen romantic comedy on a deeper level. It illustrates the inescapable woes of our youth so perfectly. Those who love a good cry and/or watch this movie a lot will appreciate the outstanding moisture-proofing of this inky formula. You'll also fall in love with the surprisingly skinny wand tip, which allows you to reach even the tiniest of lashes along the inner corners of your eyes.
Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, $33
This unforgettable moment in Bridget Jones's Diary when she's crying, drinking, and singing to herself is a mood. We've all been there. If you find yourself having an emotional Bridget Jones night in, but bon't don't want to forgo mascara, I hope you'll do yourself a favor and wear Givenchy. Givenchy's sound bite–shaped brush manages to do the seemingly impossible: separate, lengthen, curl, and thicken, all without leaving behind clumps. The weird shape of the spoolie perfectly cups each lash as you swipe through them, leaving you with a truly perfect-looking coat of mascara that won't flake or smudge even when lots of wine is involved.
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