Not a single day goes by when at least one person randomly asks us, “What is your favorite [insert beauty product here]?” The best mascara is, without a doubt, one of the most frequently mentioned topics. They all want to know what exactly is making our lashes look like falsies — and don’t become clumpy, crusty, flaky, and webby throughout the day.
Our Top Picks:
- Best Overall: Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer, $18
- Most Allure Accolades: Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, $29
- Best Waterproof Mascara: Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, $32
- Best Clean Mascara: Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara, $28
- TikTok Sensation: Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara, $13
- Best Lengthening Mascara: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara, $28
- Best Tubing Mascara: Blinc UltraVolume Tubing Mascara, $26
- Bring on the Drama: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Mascara, $25
- Best Volumizing Mascara: Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara, $20
While some of us dabble with treatments like lash extensions or lash lifts, we all have our tried-and-true tubes of mascaras that we regularly restock. Some Allure editors prefer curling mascaras for a lifted and fanned-out look, while others prefer one of the best waterproof mascaras for a smudge-proof finish. Whatever the desired effect, we’ve run these mascaras through the gamut — meetings, errands, bottomless brunches, rainy days, and even the occasional run — to see how they actually hold up throughout the day (and how many compliments they get, if we’re being honest).
Without further ado, here are our editors’ absolute favorite mascaras of all time — including Best of Beauty winners, the best drugstore mascaras, Sephora darlings, and luxury brand standouts — that lend our lashes the most volume, curl, length, and — dare we say — a false lash effect, every day.
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