The 6 Best Mascaras of All Time

It helps you look awake (even when you’re not), and makes you feel instantly prettier. Whether your lashes are stumpy, straight, or super light, there’s a magic wand to help you achieve your dream fringe.


Best Volumizing


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
If you want to bat Bambi-like eyelashes, but don’t have the time or patience to apply multiple coats, this tube is for you. Its hourglass brush contains stiff bristles that deposit carbon black pigment onto lashes so they look defined, curled, and luscious, yet still appear fluttery—not stiff or spiky. Opt for the travel-size version, which has a shorter wand that gives you more control.

To buy:$12,

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Best Curling


CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous by LashBlast Mascara
Don’t let the chunky, double-sided wand intimidate you. One side lifts and curls, while the other coats lashes in a super dark, thin lacquer that locks in the shape.

To buy: $12,

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Best Defining


Maybelline Define-A-Lash Lengthening Mascara
For a polished look without clumps, this tube’s swiper—the mechanism inside that controls how much mascara is on the brush—cleans off enough for lashes to look sexy (not spiderlike). Flexible bristles make it easier to apply on corners and lower lashes.

To buy: $8,

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Best Lengthening


Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
This bestselling mascara curls, lifts, and separates, but, thanks to its lengthening powers, is notorious for delivering the look of false lashes without the fuss. Staggered bristles grab lashes at the root to boost length, while the dome tip makes it easier to reach those tiny lashes in the corners of your eyes. Available in brown, blue, and black.

To buy: $24,

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Best Waterproof


Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara
Not even sweat, humidity, or tears will make this mascara run or smudge (read: no more raccoon eyes), but conditioners in the formula keep lashes from drying out. Since it’s harder to remove, try this: Place a cotton pad or face wipe saturated in waterproof eye makeup remover over eyes, hold for 30 seconds, then wipe off.

To buy: $25,

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Best Brightening


Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara in Brightening Black
Give tired, bloodshot, allergy-ridden eyes a boost with this brightening formula that contains micas, titanium, and blue pigments to make the whites of your eyes pop. Don’t worry, you’ll look instantly well-rested—not like a teenager.

To buy: $21,

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