10 best mascaras

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After seasons in bare-lashed wilderness, lashes are back with aplomb. Clever wands and formulas worked to create this season's distincly feminine take; be it sophisticated girlishness at Erdem or vamp-like at Holly Fulton, lashes were adorned in feathery,voluminous and fan-like pigments. While naturalists try to convince us skipping mascara is the way forward, there is no denying lashes are back.

  • 1. False Lash Telescopic Mascara, £10.99, L'Oreal Paris

    A high-tech fusion of patented lengthening Micro Stretch Fibres withing a glossy coating adheres the fibres to your lashes for a look so natural people will think you are genetically blessed. Available nationwide

  • 2. Noir G De Guerlain, £35, Guerlain

    This objet d'art is actually a clever volumizing mascara with an intensive inky pigment so high-shine lashes are left looking 3D.

  • 3. False Lashes Extreme Black, £23, MAC

    Boost lash flexibility with this feather-weight mousse formula that sits lightly on the lashes protecting them from breakage as they curl.

  • 4. Pure Color Cyber Eyes, £22, Estee Lauder

    Continue spring/summer 2012's hyper metallic, futuristic finish by giving lashes a bold swipe of shimmering pigments. Avant-garde opulence.

  • 5. Kiss Me Mascara, £18.50, Blinc

    Blinc's innovative polymer-based formula forms tiny water-resistant 'tubes' around the lashes which means it won't run, smudge or flake when you rub your eyes or cry. The mascara is non-irritating and when you want to remove it, the tubes will slide gently off.

  • 6. Semi permamnet waterproof mascara, £16, Diego Dalla Palma

    The first semi-permanent mascara, apply it as normal for five days and the silicone resin will fix carbon black pigment into the lashes resulting in a semi-perm dye job that lasts for two weeks.

  • 7. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, £5, Maybelline

    This pink and green tube has been a staple in our make-up bags for years. Its creamy and wet formula makes it easy to apply and provides a very natural look that is also easily buildable for a more dramatic effect. Available nationwide

  • 8. Hypnose Drama mascara, £21, Lancome

    The oversized brush of Lancome's famous Hypnose mascara gives lashes length, volume, curl and definition without any trace of flaking or smudging. Delivers that extra 'oomph' that makes putting on your make up every day a tiny bit eaasier.

  • 9. Perfect Mascara Full Definition, £22.50, Shiseido

    Star-shaped enfolding fibres guide lashes into place for a clump-free fanlike effect. With firm spikes at the tip and soften bristles at the base even the tiniest lashes are tinted.

  • 10. Fiberwig LX mascara, £18, d.j.v. Beautenizer

    This is Japan's top selling mascara and since it became available to buy in the UK, we've been able to try it for ourselves. The effect Fibrewig gives lashes is a subtle one - incredibly natural, but still impressive - thanks to a hypoallergenic, liquid-to-film formula that you can build up as much as you want. Once it's dry, it won't budge or flake, but comes off easily with warm water.


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