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The very best mascaras to lengthen, curl and volumise your lashes

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It's like finding the love of your life – it can take years of trial and error, but once you've found the best mascara, you'll never let it go

The search for the best mascara is not an easy one, so in the name of beauty research, we’ve tested hundreds of different mascara brands and brush types to whittle them down to the very best mascaras on the market today.

Daytime tools need to be reliable; like the best waterproof mascara that doesn’t run when you’re walking into wind or crying with laughter at a co-worker’s joke in the office. And they need to be presentable, not clogging up your eyelashes when you’re rushing through your morning application on the tube.

From volumising to blacker-than-black and lengthening, the beauty editors at Powder can help you find beauty products perfect for you.

The evening lash-extenders should have false-lash effect impact, to make sure you impress even when it’s dark outside. You want big, bold and black (not to mention long-lasting) for those special evening occasions.

For one that’s better than sex, look to the aptly named mascara by Too Faced. Its hourglass shaped brush hooks onto every lash to maximise their appearance with a smudge-proof formula that lasts all day.

For nights out, we love to frame our peepers with the newest Benefit mascara, Roller Lash. Priced at £19.50, it’ll transform even the flattest looking lashes into the eyelash curl of your dreams, thanks to its ‘hook n roll’ wand. It also conditions the lashes while you wear it, so you’re giving them a bit of TLC as well as making them look great.

And for a cheaper option that doesn’t compromise on making your eyes pop, look to L’Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara. This one has a big, conical brush and boasts a formula made with enlarging collagen spheres, so it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking to really open up your eyes with thicker, more volumised lashes.

Find the best mascara, from the investment pieces to the total beauty steals, in our round up of the best mascara that money can buy.

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