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12 Mascaras We Love for Extra Lash Length and Volume

When it comes to choosing the best mascara for your lashes, there are a couple of different factors to keep in mind: Will the formula irritate sensitive eyes? Does it help with volume, length, or both? Now that the days of sifting through a number of mascaras at your local beauty retailer have been put on pause, finding the right products that actually work to enhance your lashes is more important than ever. Not only does it save you time and money in the long run, but it also helps to quell high hopes and frustrations.

There are plenty of options available to help amplify your lashes (outside of wearing a pair of falsies), but the best mascara adds volume and/or length without sacrificing their health. we’ve written about many different types of mascara, from ones we’ve rigorously tested for our Beauty Awards to other recommendations that we’ve sourced from makeup artists and beauty editors. Ultimately, finding your holy grail can be tough, so here we’ve rounded up some of the best mascaras available—from brands like Maybelline and Kevyn Aucoin—that experts always keep at the ready.

1- Volumizing: Stila Magnum XXX Mascara

Our most recent mascara favorite is Stila’s Magnum XXX mascara, which won a Healthy Beauty Award this year for best mascara. Our testers found that the mascara’s spacious wand made it easy to separate lashes while boosting overall volume. Buy it on Amazon →

2- Volumizing: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara

Celebrity makeup artist Emily Cheng always keeps this lightweight mascara in her kit, saying that it will “keep even the straightest of straight lashes curled.” Buy it on Amazon →

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3- Volumizing: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara

For anyone who prefers a drugstore mascara, this volumizing one is loved by celebrity makeup artist Tatiana Ward, who says the product “works just as good as its more expensive competitors.” Buy it on Amazon →

4- Volumizing: Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

Glamour senior beauty editor Lindsay Schallon also suggests adding this mascara from Maybelline to your beauty collection, which she describes as a near-perfect dupe to Too Faced’s Better than Sex mascara. It’s been a regular in her makeup routine for years. Buy it on Amazon →

5- Volumizing: L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara

Makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci says that this volumizing mascara from L’Oreal actually improves as it dries out, so chances are your tube will last longer than others you’ve tried in the past. “This classic mascara gives major volume at the root (plus mega length) without creating clumpy tips,”. Buy it on Amazon →

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6- Volumizing: FlowFushi Mote Impact Mascara in Sharp Black

Makeup artist Mia Yang loves the brand Mote Japan because she finds that they’re “buildable and 100% smudge-proof.” Mote offers a range of different mascaras that are easy to apply smoothly and remove with warm water, including this volumizing and lengthening one. Buy it on Amazon →

7- Volumizing: Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

Here’s a slender, natural-looking mascara option that writer Alaina Demopoulos recommends to lengthen lashes without a spidery or ultra-glam effect. Buy it on Amazon →

8- Volumizing: Benefit Bad Gal Bang Volumizing Mascara

We awarded this mascara with a Healthy Beauty Award for best mascara for volume because it applies seamlessly for big, bold lashes in just a few swipes. Buy it on Amazon →

9- Volumizing: Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara

For sensitive eyes, this waterproof mascara from Covergirl was awarded with a Healthy Beauty Award for that very category, since it’s gentle enough that you can easily remove it with minimal tugging or rubbing. Our testers loved how the mascara bumped up the volume on their lashes, lifting and separating them with zero clumps involved. Buy it on Amazon →

10- Volumizing/Lengthening: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

A makeup artist, editor, and cult favorite, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex is one of the best nonflaky mascaras available to take your lashes from everyday natural to long and super bold. “This formula adds length and volume, plus is nonflaky,” professional makeup artist Dominique Lerma tells SELF. “It’s offered in a waterproof tube, which is perfect for long set days and on-location shoots.” Buy it on Amazon →

11- Volumizing/Lengthening: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

If you’re looking to take your makeup look to a body of water this summer, this cult-favorite, makeup-artist-approved waterproof mascara is an ideal option. Not only is it contact-lens-safe and hypoallergenic, but it’s also grippy. Makeup artist Courtney Donovan notes that “it won’t budge even in a rain storm.” Buy it on Amazon →

12- Volumizing/Lengthening: Westmore Beauty Lash Drama Bold and Beautiful Mascara

Professional makeup artists like Jamie Dornan love using this bold mascara since she says “it helps to seamlessly add extra volume and length to lashes.” Buy it on Amazon →

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