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If hay fever’s ruining your eye makeup, try these 9 mascaras

What is it about hay fever? It’ll spring itself on us every year, yet somehow we always manage to forget the treachery of the itchiness, scratchiness, and sneeziness that comes along with it. And for the allergy-struck makeup wearers, you’ll relate all too well to the unintentional Jenny Humphrey eye look (in the later seasons of Gossip Girl, of course) sported by midday. If you’re looking for a mascara that can withstand a little extra blinking, wateriness, an eye-drop top-up, and all-round sensitivity, read on.

IF YOU CATCH YOURSELF RUBBING YOUR EYES AND FIND LASHES ON YOUR CHEEKS AT THE END OF THE DAY, GO FOR A MASCARA WITH STRENGTHENING ACTIVES

Rubbing your eyes is a big beauty no-no (it can cause lash fallout and age the delicate skin around your eye), but in dire times, we understand that it can happen without you even noticing. So, it’s important to opt for a mascara that will help to strengthen the bond between your lash line and the lashes themselves, promoting increased growth in the event that they do fall out.

bareMinerals’ Strength & Length Serum-Infused Mascara is infused with a red clover peptide serum, which works to strengthen each lash and minimise fallout, all while lengthening and defining your lashes. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to flaking and smudging too, and is a great choice for contact lens wearers. Alternatively, Kosas’ The Big Clean Volumizing + Lash Care Mascara calls on castor oil, provitamin B5, Biotinyl tripeptide and botanical waxes to repair, moisturise and support the growth and health of your natural lashes. It’s the kind of mascara that delivers on big, fluffy, false-effect lashes, with none of the clumping you might expect. Both formulas are clean and vegan which is just icing on an already delicious cake.

IF YOUR EYES WATER LIKE YOU’VE JUST WATCHED THE NOTEBOOK, SMUDGE-PROOF AND WATERPROOF MASCARAS ARE KEY

There’s nothing worse than going about your day, only to realise your mascara is more on your undereye (on its way towards your cheekbone) than it is your lashes—so it’s a no-brainer that a waterproof formula will solve your allergy-ridden worries.

Stila recently dropped a waterproof rendition of their MECCA-loved HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara, which, if you’re into the big, fluffy, lash look (or are just a fan of the original), is the perfect solution if your eyes are prone to watering. If a natural look is more your thing (and natural formulas), Ere Perez’s Avocado Waterproof Mascara has an uncommon ingredients list as far as mascaras go, nourishing the lashes with vitamin A, D and E-rich avocado oil while protecting your eyes from a panda-like effect.

If you’re not into compromise and still want unbelievably bold lashes (with none of the smudging), try NARS’ Climax Extreme Mascara. It coats lashes in a long-wearing, latex-like pigment with smudge-resistant polymers, promising XXXL lashes you can rely on all day.

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IF ITCHINESS LEADS TO MORE-THAN-USUAL BLINKING, WHICH LEADS TO FLAKINESS… TRY THESE

These days, flaking is an easy fix—all you need to do is avoid it by choosing a mascara that promises otherwise. With the latest and greatest formulas continuously improving on the mistakes of mascaras’ past , it’s not too hard to find one that will tick the no-flake box. Right now, our favourites include Urban Decay’s Lash Freak Mascara, which delivers on precisely 23.6 times more volume and 40 percent more visible length—it’s not for the faint of heart, but a total must if you like your lashes spidery and on the grungy side.

If you’re after a reliable and customisable everyday-er, MECCA MAX Wink Ink Super Mascara is a no-brainer. It’s one of those formulas that builds like a dream, can take you from day to night, and won’t end up all over your cheeks.

AND IF YOUR EYES ARE GENERALLY SENSITIVE, GO FOR TRIED AND TESTED, WELL-CONSIDERED MASCARAS

Sensitive eyes are only amplified come spring, so choosing a hypoallergenic mascara will ensure you’re not causing or exacerbating any irritation from the get-go: you want to set yourself up for success. And that you will get by way of Hourglass’ Unlocked™ Instant Extensions Mascara, a tubing formula that uses film-forming technology to attach transformative microfibres to your lashes for next-level length and definition. The fact that it’s tubing means that it won’t smudge or budge until you slide it off with warm water at the end of the day. Another perk of this mascara is that 5 percents of the proceeds from it go to the Nonhuman Rights Project to help secure civil rights for nonhuman animals.

If you’re not quite certain on a tubing formula, Westman Atelier’s breakthrough 96 percent natural-origin Eye Love You Mascara volumises, curls, and defines each lash with the help of sunflower seed, beeswax, chicory root and cationic polymers. Supercharging your lashes for a black, glossy (and inherently healthy) look, this luxury mascara is both a game-changer and a safe bet for sensitive eyes.

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