If I had to choose one item of makeup to use for the rest of my life, it would be mascara. Even on days when I don’t do a full face of makeup or am just hanging out at my house, I ALWAYS wear mascara. Seeing how much more awake and cute I look with a coat or two of mascara always makes me feel better and more confident about myself. Even when I am going out on the town and wear a full face, the main focus is on my eyes so you can be sure I have tried just about every type of mascara on the market. From luxury brands to drugstore classics, here are 10 mascaras that everyone (including me!) swear by to get lashes to die for!
1. Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara
This first mascara is one I absolutely love. The wide bristles ensure that you get every single little lash you have and will give you fluffy, well-filled lashes. The volumizing formula has aero-particles in them (sci-fye magic) that allows you to get a dramatic amount of volume without your lashes looking clumpy or heavy. It’s smudge-proof, water-resistant and will stay for up to 36 hours (although I’ve never worn it that long so I can’t testify to that fact.) The intense deep black color means that even one swipe can give your lashes the boost they need that will have everyone envious of your natural lashes!
2. MILK Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara
I had never tried MILK makeup until this year when I got a sample pack of their makeup for my free birthday gift at Sephora and HOLY COW do I love this mascara. The fluffy brush means that your lashes get equally as fluffed and I have never gotten such thick and long lashes from any other mascara! The formula contains hemp oil, and thickening fibers to give you full lashes without clumps. The formula feels nourishing and looks like you put on falsies with just a few swipes. The color is intense and it is now my go-to favorite if I am in a hurry and want my eyes to stand out!
3. IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout
Designed in partnership with Drybar (hence the adorable packaging), this mascara gives your lashes the fabulous curl of a great blowout to your lashes! The biotin infused formula combined with the barrel brush-inspired applicator will give your lashes a perfect voluminous finish! Give it a few coats to perfectly get your lashes to that super fluffy-falsies level! This mascara gives a crazy amount of lift and separation to your lashes!
4. Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
If you are into makeup at all, you’ve heard of Better Than Sex Mascara! The #1 best selling mascara in the country is number one for a reason-it gives you crazy good lashes! Inspired by the curves of a certain Hollywood bombshell’s body, the curvy brush gets every single lash and coats it with the collagen-infused formula that gives your lashes a dramatic look. The more coats you use (three is the sweet spot,) the more multi-dimensional your lashes will look, giving you lashes that are…well you know!
5. L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara
If you want lashes that are individually coated and longgggg, try this mascara! With a special brush that is flat on one side to lengthen and with a comb side to separate even the smallest lashes, this mascara will quickly become your favorite. The formula will ensure you have extremely long lashes that don’t look clumpy and last all day!
6. Ulta ULTAmateLashes Mascara
This is another one of my go-to mascaras especially if I don’t have extra money to spend on the higher end brands. It works just as well as the more expensive brands and will give you full and thick lashes! It’s an all-in-one type of mascara so it lengthens, volumizes and curls just in one coat! The creamy formula means you will have soft and fluffy lashes that don’t get clumpy. This is another mascara that takes one swipe and you are good to go! I’ve had one of these hot pink tubes in my makeup bag for several years and I never get tired of how it makes my lashes look!
7. Pat McGrath Labs FetishEyes Mascara
If you really want to splurge on mascara, this is the one-aptly named since it will give you fetish-worthy lashes! If you want a formula that helps lengthen, lift and build easily, this is it. You will basically look like you have lash extensions with a coat or two! People swear it doesn’t clump, flake or smudge and many professional makeup artists swear by it for their clients!
8. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
This ultra-creamy formula works so well you’ll feel dirty using it! Specifically designed to have the right level of moisture, you won’t have to worry about it ever drying out. The deepest black, rich color will give you enviable lashes. Lengthening and volumizing, this mascara guarantees that you will have lashes that are bigger, blacker and badder than ever before!
9. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara
This is another cult-classic that so many swear by that will give you lashes that will have people asking if you’re wearing falsies! This all in one formula does everything, it lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates. The extremely fine bristles on the brush will ensure that every single one of your lashes will get hit with a dark, rich color. The dome tip is perfect for coating the outside lashes to give you a perfect doe-eyed look!
10. Covergirl Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara
Finally, this is a drugstore gem when it comes to mascaras! For under ten dollars, you can have fluffy lashes that won’t clump! The fibers in the formula will give you 400% more volume and length! The specifically designed bristles will get all your lashes in an even coat of the volumizing formula. This mascara builds to give you a perfect fanned out look.
Emily Bell is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Journalism with a Public Relations concentration. She currently lives with her husband and dog on the coast in Florida.