When it comes to mascara, these are the best in the business
Oh gosh how many mascaras must a person try out before finding the best mascara? Without a doubt the one item we’d hail as a ‘can’t-live-without’ in a beauty version of Desert Island Discs. There’s just something about giving your lashes a bit of oomph that no other cosmetic quite matches (not even your best liquid eyeliner).
Whether you’ve got stubborn, straight lashes, unbearably short ones, or you just want to add a bit of volume to your eyelashes, we’ve tried and tested a job lot of the best mascara formulas and narrowed it down to a few choice buys every woman should have at her disposal.
Walk this way for a tour through the best mascaras on the market, old and new, for just about every lash type.
Clinique’s waterproof mascara accompanies many to weddings, funerals and other important occasions during which crying might occur – because it just will not budge until you take to it with a good eye make-up remover. It has staying power we can only liken to that of a determined customer who camps outside department stores ahead of the Boxing Day sales. Adding just the right amount of length and volume, sensitive-eyed girls will also love it for smudge-free days. One of the best waterproof mascaras you’ll ever try.
Best mascara for length
Oh my goodness do we love this mascara. Whilst some might be put off by the thinner brush, don’t be fooled into thinking that it can’t do the job. It attaches to every single lash and coats each one in the ultra black pigment. The smaller wand also makes it easier to get into those hard to reach hairs. Leaving you with long, luscious lashes.
Best mascara for volume
We are superfans of this Superfan. This mascara is insane – we’re talking standout lashes that are both thick and lengthy. What’s more, the wand shape means that it combs out any kinks in your lashes, for that super fluttery fanned (get it?!) look. Great for nights out with your best eyeshadow.
Best drugstore mascara
This is without a doubt one of the best mascaras you can bag at a drugstore counter. Not only does it promise added volume and length, but the curved brush grabs them all to give the ultimate lift. Easy to use and gives results, meaning it’s less than a tenner very well spent.
Check out a few more of our fave lash-enhancers, from budget to bank-breaking (but worth it), below.
Your eyes will never have looked better.
OK, we admit this one is a real splurge. But if you're going to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a single product, this is the way to go. Think super long, velvety, dark lashes worthy of any red carpet. Worth every penny.
This mascara is to lashes, what a cashmere jumper is to weekends - the perfect accompaniment. It won't give you the fluttery false lash effect, but it will slightly lengthen your natural lashes for that elusive 'no make-up make-up' look. Pair with a dab of cream blusher and groomed brows.
The mascara Meghan Markle's former make-up artist used on her, this is one of the best drugstore finds out there. ‘I keep it stocked in my kit now at all times thanks to her!’ she told HELLO!. ‘[It] really helps to amplify your lashes and polish off the entire look. It’s great for full volume and lengthening, the formula is super hydrating. I love how it builds and that price point is accessible for all budgets.’ Here, here.
Although it's been around for a little while now, Urban Decay's Perversion mascara is without a doubt one of the brand's biggest and best sellers. Pick this if you're looking for big impact, high drama lashes.
This isn't just on our list because it is one of our favourites, but also because every celebrity we interview says that this is the only mascara they use. It's an industry classic that comes in black, navy and brown. We dare you not to fall in love too.
This adds a lot of volume to lashes without clumping them together. The brush is one of our favourites - the bristles are perfectly placed, don’t smudge and require minimum talent or effort when applying.
Everyone has their favourite Benefit mascara. We aren't here to fight anyone, but in our opinion their original BADgal mascara deserves the crown. It's the perfect going out mascara - big, bold and super sexy.
The thicker brush combs through your lashes to build the length and volume, unlike a lot of volumising mascaras which clump lashes together for a bolder lash look. The result? Spidery, jet black lashes that are the best finishing touch to any eye make-up look – but especially a smokey eye.
So many beauty editors claim this to be their favourite mascara ever. Last year it was given one heck of an update - this is the first ever 3D printed brush. It is designed so that the mascara is evenly deposited onto lashes in the first sweep.
According to one megafan, this mascara 'makes my lashes look CRAZY long. Best I've used in years.' If that won't convince you...
This was created with sensitive eyes in mind, so it's really gentle but still gives heaps of volume and length. Good for those with contacts too.
How boujie is this mascara?! We love it. And not just because of it's couture-like casing. It makes lashes look beautifully fluttery and long. We will warn you though - keep this one on your dressing table, don't carry this one in your handbag; it's like a 10kg dumbbell.
Mac has some pretty incredible mascaras in it's repertoire, so it's tricky to know which is the best. But we love this one because of the way that it lengthens lashes. It even gives super short hairs the lengthening treatment.
A classic for a reason. It boosts both lash length and volume and costs under £10. Oh and make-up artists love it.
When this first came out, people went mad. Why? Because whilst it gives you massive, and we mean massive volume it doesn't feel like it. Lashes feel weightless and super soft.
An excellent buy three, chuck them in every hand and washbag. You will always get great results, without breaking the bank.