The best mascara, tried and tested

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Finding the perfect one is a bit like finding the right man - it can take years of trial-and-error but once you've discovered the best mascara, you'll never let it go.

In the name of research, we’ve tested hundreds of different mascara brands and brush types to whittle them down to the 20 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 having a laugh out loud moment in the office. And they need to be presentable, not clogging up when you’re rushing to apply the morning coverage.

Though there are more pricey products on the market, Max Factor’s Clump Defying Voluminsing Mascara, £10.99, is a real wonder and gives elegant and defined lashes in a matter of seconds.

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

For nights out, we love to frame our peepers with Benefit’s They’re Real. Priced at £19.50, it’s one of the easiest because of its specifically designed brush. With bristles that grab lashes close to the root, both length and volume are boosted.

If this isn’t enough, the tip of Benefit’s wand lifts to define and curl your lashes for a little extra ‘oomph’. Now it’s not so hard to see why we’ve listed They’re Real in our list of best mascaras, is it?

Find the best mascara for you, from the investment pieces to the total beauty steals.

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