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Our ultimate guide to the best mascaras, from lengthening and waterproof to curling and definition

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Mascaras are one of the most popular beauty items around. Here. we round up the best mascaras suited to every lash need.

Mascaras are by far one of the most effective tools in your make-up kit: fact.

While highlighters can help to perk up your complexion and lipsticks add a pop of colour to your look, mascaras are one of the most transformative make-up items around. And now, even though we might not be wearing face masks as much, we’re still focusing on our eye make-up way more. 

The high street is packed full of mascara options to suit your every need. From formulas created specifically for sensitive eyes to more traditional desires, like mascaras that deliver super-long, fluttery volume: there’s something for everyone.

When searching for your ideal mascara, there are a few things to consider. Think about the type of finish you want – do you prefer something subtle or a formula that’ll make your lashes a stand-out feature on your face? You should also look at the wand, as these make a huge difference to how a mascara applies to lashes. Consider the colour of the mascara, too. While many of us opt for black, brown formulas are growing increasingly popular for a softer finish. Or, with our faces hidden behind masks, you might like to make a statement with your lashes by using something with a bold colour.

Here, we round up our favourite mascaras of all time.

Best mascaras suited to every need

  • Best mascara for a false lash effect: Rimmel London Wonder'Extension Mascara

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    It’s no secret that Rimmel London do great mascaras and their newest launch doesn’t disappoint. Wonder Extension gives the effect of long, fluffy lashes that extend way beyond the tips of your lashes. A must for anyone wanting a false lash effect. 

    Shop Rimmel London Wonder’Extension Mascara at Boots, £9.99

  • Best mascara that's easy to remove: Victoria Beckham Beauty Future Lash Mascara

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    If you love mascara but hate removing it, then this is the formula for you. The clever tubing mascara is removed simply with warm water. There’s no pulling or rubbing involved, simply gently ‘twiddle’ your lashes between your fingertips and watch as the formula melts away. It’s genius.   

    Shop Victoria Beckham Beauty Future Lash Mascara at Cult Beauty, £26

  • Best mascara according to the internet: Maybelline Colossal Curl Bounce Mascara

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    With over 195 million views on TikTok, this mascara is easily the most viral mascara launch of the year. Why? Because it lengthens, lifts and volumises lashes like a dream. The wand is nice and bendy, meaning it’s easy to wiggle into the root of the lashes and those trickier areas in the corners of your eye. 

    Shop Maybelline Colossal Curl Bounce Mascara at Boots, £10.99

  • Best mascara for stackable volume: MACStack Mascara

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    MAC has ensured that bolder-than-ever eyelashes are back on the map thanks to its brand new MACStack mascara. The formula is continuously buildable (seriously – you can apply 10+ layers without clumping) and it will stack on infinite layers of volume and length. Available with two different brushes – opt for The Mega Brush if you want instant volume or go for The Micro Brush if your lashes are naturally short and you’re after ultra-precise and controlled application.

    Shop MACStack Mascara at Next, £26

  • Best mascara for a professional lash look: Milk Makeup Rise Mascara

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    With a blacker-than-black formula, Rise Mascara lifts and defines lashes for gravity-defying blinkers that still look thick and full of flutter. The cleverly curved brush helps to hug every single eyelash, coating every last lash hair, resulting in locked-in, gravity-defying lift and volume.

    Shop Milk Makeup Rise Mascara at Cult Beauty, £24

  • Best mascara for dramatic lashes: YSL Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara

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    If drama is what you’re after: look no further. YSL has a great track record when it comes to mascara formulas, and thankfully, 2022’s newest launch doesn’t disappoint. Promising a 200% increase in lash volume, this mega-mascara really does deliver. One coat gives lashes that feathery, fluttery look – but layer two or three coats and you’re in for major lift, curl and length.

    Shop YSL Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara at Boots, £29 

  • Best vegan mascara formula: Urban Decay Wild Lash Mascara

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    Perfect for animal-lovers out there, Urban Decay’s brand new vegan formula mascara is packed with nourishing ingredients like avocado and sunflower oil, to keep your lashes feeling soft, fluffy and full. The unique, leaf-shaped brush is designed to grab, scoop and separate every individual lash from root to tip, providing lasting, buildable volume to your lashes. 

    Shop Urban Decay Wild Lash Mascara at Lookfantastic, £22

  • Best mascara for a natural flutter: ICONIC London Enrich and Elevate Mascara

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    If you’re someone who’s partial to an eyelash extension – this is the mascara for you. Its formula is enriched with kind-to-lashes ingredients, giving your lashes some much needed Tender Lash Care* (TLC). The fluffy formula enriches lashes with nourishing goodness with every application, ensuring your lashes look fluffy and full while reaping the benefits with every wear. 

    Shop ICONIC London Enrich and Elevate Mascara, £22

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