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.

    Best lengthening mascara: Nars Climax Mascara, £22, Cult Beauty

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    ‘You go from zero to hero with this innovative mascara and it’s explosive volume!’ says make-up artist Cher Webb. ‘The ribbed bristled brush is the perfect size and works with every eye shape and delivers buildable volume fast for jet black feathery lashes.’

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    Best lengthening mascara (less expensive): L’Oreal Paris Lash Paradise, £11.99, Lookfantastic

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    This is an affordable option that beauty fans flock to as it makes lashes look more pronounced and contains castor oil to spark growth. Exactly what you want from a mascara.

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    Best for volume: Chanel Le Volume De Chanel, £28, Selfridges

    best mascara, Chanel Le Volume De Chanel, £28, SelfridgesThis 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): Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Mascara, £9.99, Feelunique

    best mascara, Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Mascara, £9.99, FeeluniqueA classic for a reason. It gives bare lashes some heft – 300% more volume, to be precise. Plus, it’s fragrance-free, which ticks a big box for contact lens wearers. Oh, and it costs under £10.

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    Best waterproof mascara: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Wet Mascara, £30, Lookfantastic

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    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, LookfantasticMascaras can sometimes be too ‘wet’ and leave black streaks – something that’s especially vexing when they’re waterproof. This one keeps your eyelids 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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