The Best Mascara Of All Time For Length, Volume and Curl

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  • We weren’t all born with fluffy lashes like Bambi. That’s why we love mascaras that fight back: formulas that stay put no matter how hard you’re dancing; brushes that stretch out stumpy lashes and coax stick-straight hairs into a flirty curl. Or all three at once.  But the best mascara?

    Well, that depends on a few factors. While mascara is undoubtedly the white t-shirt of our make-up routine, there are some things to consider before buying. First, work out your lash type. Like the hair on your head, lashes have different textures and colours. Then identify the finish you prefer: softly defined, waterproofed or lashes with sky-high volume for extra drama.

    Alongside the best eye cream, the right mascara will serve up pretty transformative effects.

    Best lengthening mascara

    Nars Climax Extreme Mascara, £22, Lookfantastic

    best mascara, Nars Climax Extreme Mascara, £22, Lookfantastic

     

    The high-shine latex finish is especially pleasing for those with stick straight or stubby lashes. Said XXL finish is also highly pigmented so you can pack on just a single layer for lashes that appear longer, fuller and jet black.

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    Best lengthening mascara (less expensive)

    Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara, £8.99, Lookfantastic

    best mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara, £8.99, Lookfantastic

    This one just so happens to be one of Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products. A single pump of the wand creates length while the tip of brush hits those hard-to-reach lashes on the inner and outer corners. If it’s good enough for a duchess…

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    Best for volume

    Chanel Le Volume De Chanel, £28, Selfridges

    best mascara, Chanel Le Volume De Chanel, £28, Selfridges

    This is the first mascara to feature a 3D-printed brush. This sounds sci-fi, but all you need to know is that you get extreme volume with no clumps from the get-go. The granular surface of the brush grabs onto lashes while honeycomb-like holes absorb the formula. Together, they deliver just the right amount so you don’t need another dip in the tube. Vive la revolution!

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    Best for volume (less expensive)

    L’Oreal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, £10.99, Boots

    best mascara, L'Oreal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, £10.99, Boots

    This is an affordable option that beauty fans are flocking to as the air-whipped formula makes lashes look more pronounced without weighing them down.  The double bristle brush deserves a special mention, too. The short bristles catch lashes at the roots while the long ones dispense the waxes, which inflate the lashes,  evenly to the tip. Exactly what you want from a volumising mascara.

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    Best waterproof mascara

    Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Wet Mascara, £30, Lookfantastic

    best mascara

    A pitch-black mascara that is always smudge-proof and definitely won’t flake onto cheekbones halfway through the day.

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    Best waterproof mascara (less expensive)

    Rimmel Scandaleyes Volume On Demand Waterproof Mascara, £7.99, Lookfantastic

    best mascara, Rimmel Scandaleyes Volume On Demand Waterproof Mascara, £7.99, Lookfantastic

    Mascaras can sometimes be too ‘wet’ and leave black streaks – something that’s especially vexing when they’re waterproof. Even the best blusher can’t withstand that. This one keeps your eyelids and cheekbones clean thanks to tiered bristles for precise application and a formula with enviable staying power.

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    No matter which you choose, here’s a tip from make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury on the best application technique: ‘As you drag up from the base of your lashes, zig-zag the wand from side to side. This creates more volume, as you are depositing more product onto your eyelashes.’

    As for your bottom lashes, turn the brush vertically. ‘The thinner end will help you control your application with more precision.’

    And of course, to magnify the results, always go for a second coat. But resist the urge to pump the wand up and down in the tube. ‘Your mascara will dry out quicker as you’re pushing too much air inside. Slowly twist the brush around the tube instead.’

    Keep scrolling as there’s the perfect formula for all…

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