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The best mascaras for length, curl and volume

The best mascaras for length, curl and volume
Penny Lafferty
Writer and expert12 months ago
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Lashes are extremely personal here at Team Fantastic. From one beauty obsessive to the next, our lash needs differ drastically, depending on our preference for definition, drama and impact. That’s how we know choosing a new go-to can be a painstaking process.

It's likely you've shared similar lash woes when scouring the shelves for a new staple formula. So how do you find the right mascara for you? We’re breaking down the benefits into the three main categories: length, curl and volume. Whether you’re looking for the best mascara to extend, curl or power-up your lashes, we’ve rounded up the ones to know about into an easy, scrollable edit…

The best mascaras for length:

M·A·C Extended Play Lash Mascara - Gigablack

If you’re looking for instant length, this mascara is a genuine dream to work with. The lightweight, waterproof formula lifts lashes to a whole new level, coating even the tiniest of hairs. Saturated black pigment makes a strong impact, leaving lashes both defined and maximised.

“This mascara has been a staple in my makeup bag for years. I always lean towards lengthening formulas, but the way MAC Extended Play amplifies, defines and elongates my lashes – with zero clumping – is the reason I can’t give it up. I also love that it creates an eye-opening effect.” - Penny, Senior Beauty Writer.

Hourglass Unlocked Extreme Length and Definition Mascara

A firm favourite in the beauty community, this mascara boasts the ticket to unrivalled length and definition. Film-forming technology extends the look of every hair for a fanned-out, fluttery finish that’s visible from every angle.

Lancôme Lash Idôle Mascara 01

Discover length on length with this revolutionary, non-clumping mascara. The gel-emulsion formula cheats an instant lash lift, giving fanned-out length and definition. 125 different bristle sizes work alongside 360 micro-bristles to wrap every lash in feather-light pigment, lasting up to 24-hours.

“Lengthening mascaras are always my top choice and this one did not disappoint. The wand is different to what I'm used to, but I found that it was great at catching the inner corner lashes without any clumpiness. My lashes felt long and fluttery, but looked so natural, making this ideal for an everyday mascara!” – Alice, Beauty Writer.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Length knows no limits with this cult-favourite mascara. It’s the product that made TikTok trip for months on months, and after just one use, it's not hard to see why. The formula extends every last from root to tip for subtle volume and a bold, wide-eyed effect.

“I'm actually a bit floored by the length and definition this mascara gives. I love how the bamboo extract makes application so smooth and easy, plus the brush bends to ensure it grabs every lash. It makes my smaller eyes look ginormous, which is not an easy task, I’ll be honest.”

The best mascaras for curl:

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara – Waterproof

Make your eyes THE statement piece with this body-building mascara. Providing instant volume, this one is devoted to bigger, bolder impact, thanks to glossy black, clump-free pigment.

“This mascara works wonders! One coat and my lashes were lusciously long, I didn’t have any smudging and the curl held all day which is a winner! It also smelled divine – just like honey! I also love how the formula has provitamin B5 to give my lashes some TLC throughout the day.” – Ellie, Campaign Manager.

Maybelline Colossal Curl Bounce Mascara

It’s no surprise that this mascara took the TikTok world by storm. Amping up the volume, its shock-factor formula entwines mile-high length with bouncy curl and definition, staying put for up to 24-hours of wear. Plus, it’s also vegan!

“LOVE this mascara! Super lengthening and gives my lashes so much curl and volume! It applied smoothly, leaving my lashes with no clumping at all, which I often struggle with with mascaras!” – Mali, CRM Executive.

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara

Creating statement curl for up to 24-hours, this one is made for smooth, easy application. The smudge-, flake- and smear-resistant formula provides long-wear definition with a wide-eyed, fluttery finish – what more could you want?

YSL The Curler Mascara

Curly, curvy lashes needn’t be far away. 2-in-1 wand technology features pink elastomer combs on one side to create a lash-lift effect, while black fibre bristles on the other side give instant curl. Enriched with coconut oil, walnut leaf extract and jojoba oil, the formula even helps to nourish and condition your lashes.

“My eyelashes are best friends with gravity, so I find curl-centric mascaras can be quite heavy and difficult to work with. But this one was a completely different experience! The Curler gives me subtle volume and curl (of course), without bulking up my lashes or weighing them down.”

The best mascaras for volume:

NARS Cosmetics Climax Mascara

Level-up your lashes with NARS’ extreme volume mascara, designed for a jaw-dropping finish. The formula inspires that instant va-va-voom effect, taking your look from subtle to striking in just a few coats.

“I never enjoyed volumising mascaras until I found this one! Lengthening, non-clumpy, with just the right amount of drama, Climax is my absolute go-to for a night out. It keeps my lashes curled and in place for hours, but equally isn't a nightmare to remove, what more could you want?” – Alice, Beauty Writer.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Wrapping your lashes in full-bodied pigment, this mascara is an expert in seduction. Film-forming polymers and collagen create instant volume with a dramatic, sensual edge. Plus, the formula is super-buildable, meaning you can layer up until your lashes are have reached they’re limit.

Revolution 5D Lash Pow Mascara

This magnifying mascara is sure to bring the shock factor. Intense black pigment provides a bold, false-lash effect, volumising your lashes to their fullest potential.

Penny Lafferty
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