Tubing mascaras: What are they and should you be using one?

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  • Not all mascara formulas are created equal

    Still struggling in your quest to find the best mascara for you? You might have missed a trick in that you’ve never tried tubing mascaras before.

    These are different from traditional formulas in the way they coat your lashes. Normal mascaras coat your lashes in pigment to darken and lengthen; but tubing formulas wrap polymers around your lashes, coating them in ‘tubes’ of the black stuff. Think of it as a life-proof jacket for your lashes.

    If you’re forever finding flakes under your eye or printed on your brow bone, listen up. Like a less heavy-duty version of the best waterproof mascara, tubing mascaras won’t come off until they’re eased off with hot water and a damp flannel.

    But if they’re so great, why doesn’t everyone use them? Generally speaking the ‘wrapping’ process is great for lengthening, but traditional pigmented formulas are better for piling on the volume.

    That said, they still come in handy if you want to set super volumised, thick lashes in place. Load up on a thickening or volumising mascara, then apply a coat of tubing formula over the top to ‘set’ your lashes and stop any smudging over the course of the day.

    Without further ado, let us talk you through some of the greatest tubing mascara buys on the beauty market right now.

    Best tubing mascaras

    Clinique Lash Power Mascara, £20.50, Lookfantastic

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    An ultra black formula that’s water resistant, this bold mascara will last through all kinds of pressure from the elements for up to 24 hours. Nice one.

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    Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara, £23, Space NK

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    This is the holy grail of tubing mascaras, favoured by make-up aficionados and beauty editors everywhere. As well as proving to have excellent lengthening power, it forces even the straightest lashes into an upward curl, making your eyes appear bigger. Think separated, long lashes with an anti-gravity lift.

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    Blinc Mascara, £22.20, blincinc.com

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    One of the original tubing mascaras, blinc advised women to ‘stop painting your lashes… tube them!’ It’s great for sensitive eyes or those prone to watering at the most inconvenient of times, and as promised, doesn’t come off until you apply hot water and pressure.

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    MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara, £16.50, John Lewis

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    MAC’s Extended Play is an uber-black, life-proof, lengthening formula for the perfect spider-like lashes. It catches onto even the shortest, downward facing lashes and lifts them up to make your eyes appear brighter and more open overall.

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    Streaming eyes, wet weather and sweaty situations are no longer a problem for your lashes. (You’re welcome.)

    Got a favourite tubing mascara we haven’t mentioned? Let us know why you love it by tweeting @marieclaireuk

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