The best mascara to lengthen, curl and volumise your lashes

When it comes to mascara, these are the best in the business

Without a doubt the one item we’d hail as a ‘can’t-live-without’ in a beauty version of Desert Island Discs, the best mascara can change a person’s life. 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. And when you’re done here, check out five mascaras that are worth the hype on our Fabled store.

Best waterproof mascara

Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, £20, Fabled

best mascara Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara

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.

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Best drugstore mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara, £8.99, Boots

best mascara drugstore Maybelline

A mascara that costs less than a tenner and just so happens to be one of Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products? Sign us up. ‘[It] really helps to amplify your lashes and polish off the entire look,’ her former make-up artist told HELLO! ‘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.’

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Best mascara for volume

Smashbox Superfan Mascara, £18, Lookfantastic

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 paired with your best eyeshadow.

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Best mascara for length

Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara, £24, John Lewis

best mascara for length Estee Lauder

Oh my goodness, do we love this mascara. While 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, shorter lashes. Leaving you with long, luscious lashes.

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Best mascara for sensitive eyes

La Roche-Posay Toleraine Mascara, £16.50, Lookfantastic

best mascara for sensitive eyes La Roche Posay

Creative with sensitive eyes in mind, the Toleraine mascara is great for both length and volume with a finish that’s easy on the eyes (and the lashes). Great for contact lense-wearers or those who struggle with oft-watering or easily irritated eyes.

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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.

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