The Best Mascaras for Your Longest, Most Voluminous Lashes Ever
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As someone who has fine, blond eyelashes paired with small eyes, good mascara is a must. Even for those blessed with nice lashes, a couple of coats of mascara can help you instantly look wide awake. (Pair it with a tinted moisturizer and a lip balm, and you have a pretty, natural look.) The nice thing about mascara, unlike a lot of makeup and skincare products, is that the formulas aren't usually geared toward younger or older eyes, which means there are plenty that will work for you. However, that makes it tough to decide which product deserves a place in your makeup bag.
I tried a handful of popular and lesser-known products and came up with my top picks. For consistency, I curled my eyelashes with an eyelash curler ($16, Sephora), but didn't use any primer. These options address different goals, including lengthening and volumizing. There's also a waterproof option and a mascara primer on this list. They come at a variety of price points to fit your budget.
Especially during a pandemic, when face masks leave only our eyes visible, these mascaras ensure your lashes look their best.