If there’s one beauty product we rely on (read: hoard) it’s, without a doubt, a universally flattering mascara. No other beauty staple can refresh your look as instantly, or fake a wide-awake, doe-eyed glow, in seconds. As firsthand experience will tell you, not all formulas are created equal and your BFF’s go-to may do nothing to enhance your look. It's not the product's fault, it’s just that not all lashes are the same and, as such, some mascaras work better or worse depending on lash type. Yes, there is such a thing as lash type.
In short, you should become intimately acquainted with your own lashes before spending money on lash products. Factors to consider include the mascara’s formula, its intended effects, and even its overall shape. To help you put your best eyelashes forward, we’ve broken down what you should look for when choosing mascara based on your lash needs. From volumizing to defining, read on to find the best tube for you.
- SHORT LASHES
For vertically-challenged lashes, a lengthening mascara helps to elongate and separate. With it’s short, dense rubber bristles, and fibre-rich formula, Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara is particularly good at your extending lashes.
- UNEVEN LASHES
If your lash length is more erratic than the weather, opt for a formula that's packed with antioxidants and nutrients that will condition and strengthen lashes to promote growth—that's in addition to its regular lengthening and curling duties. Lancome Grandiôse Waterproof Mascara is designed to not only coat every lash (thanks to its ergonomic curved Swan-Neck™ stem), it also serves as a conditioning treatment with the inclusion of Native Rose Cell Extract.
And to really take your lashes to new heights, try pairing it with a baby brush which makes applying product to those hard-to-reach areas (like the itty-bitty lashes on the inner- and outer-corner of your eyes) super-easy. We're partial to Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara because it doesn't budge all day.
- SENSITIVE LASHES
For those sensitive to wax, oil, or fibre formulas that may flake or smudge into the eyes, we suggest trying a tubing mascara that works by encapsulating the entire lash in a polymer-based formula. It gently hardens, protecting your lashes and hyperextending them. It’s also naturally water-resistant, which means it will hold up through a heatwave, a cry-fest, or a sweltering day at the beach. We’re loving Estee Lauder’s polymer-packed Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara that not only coats each lash from root to tip but, with a smudge shield formulation, is practically guaranteed to take you from desk to dinner.
- STRAIGHT LASHES
Lashes as straight as your locks? No problem. Pick a mascara with a built-in, curl-enhancing formula like Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling Mascara to give lashes the perfect curve—no fumbling with an eyelash curler required.
- FINE LASHES
Have light colored lashes? Don't sweat it! Choose a defining formula like Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition that comes with a densely packed, dual-textured brush to coat each lash from root to tip. It also contains nourishing Camellia Oil Complex to condition whilst allowing for multiple clump-free coats. Your lashes will be volumized, smoothed and separated. #winning!
- LONG LASHES
Since you're not short on length, grab a tube with a non-drying, wax-based formula like Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara. It’s buildable, custom blend will make your lashes appear fuller, softer and more naturally beautiful.
- SPARSE LASHES
If you want to fake a fuller set of lashes, then a volumizing mascara is your best bet. These formulations often contain silicone and/or minerals—which plump and nourish the lashes—and tend to dry faster, allowing you to build multi-layer volume more quickly. For a full fat option, we like Lise Watier’s Dramatique Intense 3D Volume Mascara which has a soft, oversized brush design that allows you to deposit more product onto the lashes, and is enriched with ceramides and concentrated ultra-black pigments to make them appear thick and lush.