Best Lengthening Mascaras For Perfect Lashes
Every makeup bag needs a mascara that does at least three things: a) lengthen your lashes; b) doesn’t go crunchy or look heavy; c) doesn’t smudge; and also hopefully d) gives you the wide-eyed, long-lashed look of 1960s Hollywood starlets. It’s rare that we leave the house without a coating of mascara, and we want to make sure we’re using the best mascara on the market.
The phrase ‘false lash effect’ seems to be printed on every mascara these days, claiming to lengthen your lashes better than a pair of falsies, but extensive tests show that’s rarely the case. We’re now quite sceptical when we see such promises as we know it’s unlikely to come true.
To help you save you both time and money, we’ve shortlisted our favourites of the best lengthening mascaras on the market. Some do have lengthening abilities, that will give you more defined lashes, and we’ve tested them all to find out which wands really do work their magic. There’s a range of mascaras to suit your budget, whether you need a bargain from the supermarket or a more expensive investment buy - you can spend as little as £10 or as much as £38 on one of these favourites. Scroll down to find out which are the best lengthening mascaras available to buy today, from Benefit to L’Oreal, from Bobbi Brown to Soap and Glory.
Benefit They're Real Mascara
The UK’s best-selling mascara from Benefit get a thumbs-up from beauty editors, as it really does the job. The special brush can make even the shortest lashes look longer and fuller; your eyelashes really will be defined by this well-priced tube of mascara.
Clinique High Impact Mascara
When a makeup product becomes a classic, it’s for a good reason - and this classic mascara is a real trustworthy part of your makeup regime. It has a fibre brush that gives a defined finish, and like all of Clinique’s products, it’s suitable for even the most sensitive eyes.
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara
The secret to the success of L’Oreal’s mascara is that the brush features both long and short bristles, coating evenly and separating each lash.
Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
This mascara gets as close as you can get to falsies without worrying about glueing your eyelids together. This tube is worth the extra cost for a special night out.
Diorshow Lash Extension Effect Volume Mascara
Diorshow’s mascara uses a formula enriched with microfibres to recreate the look of false lashes without the painstaking application process. It comes in a range of beautiful colours and claims not to dry out in the tube.
Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara
Bobbi Brown's jumbo tube of mascara thickens, lifts, and defines lashes thanks to its truly enormous brush. Bobbi Brown claims this will keep your lashes long and luscious for up to 8 hours.
Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
Boost, thicken, and curl your lashes with Tarte's trademark Amazonian clay formula without any crunch or heaviness. Your lashes will stay moisturised and conditioned throughout the day thanks to a mix of antioxidants and conditioners.
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara
Is it possible to get a mascara for £10 that really performs? Yes - this Soap & Glory mascara thickens, lifts and lengthens your lashes with a fanned brush.
Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara
This brightly coloured tube of mascara is enriched with caffeine.
Glossier Lash Slick Mascara
Lash Slick is the first mascara from Glossier, and took more than 18 months and 248 iterations to formulate. It’s affordable at just £14, and Glossier claims it can be washed off with just warm water.