Without a doubt the one beauty item we often hail as a can’t-live-without in a desert island situation is mascara, after all, 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 have stubborn, straight lashes, unbearably short ones, or you just want to add a bit of volume to your eyelashes, we tried and tested the best mascara formulas and narrowed it down to a few choice buys every woman should have at her disposal.
Best Waterproof Mascara
Clinique’s waterproof mascara is a guest at many weddings, 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. It adds the precise amount of length and volume, sensitive-eyed girls will also love it for smudge-free days.
Best Mascara For Volume
We are superfans of Superfan! This mascara does it all – 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 look. Great for nights out.
Best Mascara For Length
We have a longstanding love for this mascara. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the thinner brush 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 Sensitive Eyes
Created with sensitive eyes in mind, this 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 easily irritated eyes.
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.
So many beauty editors claim this to be their favourite mascara ever. Last year it was given one impressive 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.
The ultimate multi-tasker for full, defined and separated lashes free from smudging, clumping or flaking. Enriched with nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex, this mascara separates and lifts for all day wear.
This game-changer in the world of mascaras features an innovative two-step twist custom-brush system, resulting in va-va-voom lashes with instant ease.
Enriched with a complex blend of amino acids and proteins to help stimulate lash growth, this high-tech volumising mascara delivers bigger, badder, blacker lashes.
The creamy formula separates and coats each lash in rich triple black pigments to deliver intense volume and luxurious length. The innovative twisted trim of the wand allows the formula to be combed and pulled through lashes for a clean, clump-free finish.