A reliable mascara tube is always handy, no matter how often you wear it or how casually. The best mascara brightens your skin and draws attention to your eyes with just a few swipes. Although this may seem simple, choosing the best mascara can be difficult. There are many things to consider: Is the mascara waterproof? Is it able to volumize and lengthen your eyelashes, or does it claim to do both? Is the bristles or formula prone to smudge, flake, clumping, or irritating sensitive skin. Is it affordable?

Many tons of mascaras can give you a look you want, regardless of whether it’s natural or fake. There are many mascaras available, with different wands, bristles and ingredients. Some mascaras are waterproof, which is great for getting ripped up. Others wash easily after a long day. Some have slender, comb-like bristles for definition and lengthening. Others have large, volume-building barrels that create falsie-looking curls. Some mascaras can be expensive, but the best drugstore mascaras cost only a few dollars.

1. Volumizing: Covergirl Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara

Our Healthy Beauty Award test tester deemed this Covergirl mascara “perfectly suitable for people with thin eyes” in our best eye make-up product roundup. Argan oil is used in the mascara’s formulation to define and hydrate the lashes while increasing volume.

2. Volumizing: L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect LASH Magnifying Waterproof Mascara

L’Oreal Paris’ drugstore mascara won the Healthy Beauty Award for Best Waterproof Mascara. It’s gentle enough to apply (unlike other waterproof mascaras), and it contains nourishing jojoba oils for softer, longer lashes. One tester praised the volumizing mascara for its lack of clumps and smudging and its ability to create drama with multiple coats.

3. Lengthening: Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

Customers and experts love Ilia’s foundations for oily skin and its lightweight Limitless Lash mascara. Genevieve Garner, the professional make-up artist, says that this mascara is clean and leaves lashes looking fuller than ever. I love the dual-sided wand. The shorter side gives you great coverage and curl, while the longer side allows more strength.

4. Volumizing/Lengthening: Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect Washable Mascara

This is the best-selling mascara for lengthening your lashes. It’s also less than $10, with over 77,000 positive reviews from Amazon shoppers. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Washable mascara has a chunky, curved design with 10 layers. These bristles work together to create layers of lashes starting at the root. The mascara’s formula is moisturizing and contains rosehip oil. It can be rinsed off easily, even though it coats in deepest black.

5. Volumizing/Lengthening: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced’s Best Than Sex mascara is a favourite among editors and make-up artists. It can give you a natural look or a false lash effect (without curler). Professional make-up artist Dominique Lerma tells SELF that this waterproof mascara adds length and volume and is non-flaky.

6. Volumizing: Diorshow Iconic Mascara

Diorshow Iconic mascara is a favourite of makeup artists because: “I love it’s ability to create fullness effect on my lashes without clumps and smudging,” says Maya Renee. She uses Diorshow when she wants long-lasting, buildable volume and curl.

 

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