6 Must-Have Mascaras
Find the best mascara for your lashes.
Arguably the most powerful tool in any gal’s beauty arsenal, mascara has the power to take your look from groggy to gorgeous in just a few swipes. There are more than just a few to choose from out there, and it can be very hard to know which you should stock your makeup bag with. I mean, really, what makes a great mascara? Let’s start by stating the obvious. It should always: volumize, lengthen, darken, and separate. It should never: flake, smudge, fade, or clump (unless, of course, that’s the look you’re going for). Now that we’ve got that covered, how do you know which do what they’re supposed to and don’t do what they’re not? Well, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve tested everything the beauty counters have to offer and found the best-in-class picks for helping you get the look you’re going for—doe-eyed and demure to smokey and alluring.
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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, $22; sephora.com
Not only does this formula give you thick intensely dark lashes, its packed with proteins and amino acids to help stimulate lash growth.
Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, $24; sephora.com
Available in three colors—black, brown and blue—and two sizes, this mascara lives up to it’s name. Your own lashes might be so long they’re mistaken for falsies.
Most Natural Look
Marc Jacobs Ultra Skinny Lash Discovery Mascara, $24; sephora.com
May no lash be overlooked. This micro-sized brush gets every last one and gives you a natural demure look.
Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara, $30; sephora.com
If you’re jumping on the bandwagon and loving the twiggy-inspired lash trend, this is your must-have mascara. It volumizes, boldens and pushes your lashes up and away for an irresistible doe-eyed effect.
Best Mascara Primer
Smashbox Photofinish Lash Primer, $22; sephora.com
Have a mascara you already love, but want a little more umph? Try a primer, which helps prevent flaking and smudging along with emphasizing the lengthening powers of your favorite formula.
Best Waterproof Formula
L’Oreal Voluminous Lashes, 5.99; drugstore.com
It's one of our favorite beauty values out there! It resists clumping, flaking, and melting and costs less than your lunch.