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8 of the best mascaras

Full, fluttery lashes were the beauty focus at Givenchy FW18

No two mascaras are the same, which can make finding ‘the one’ challenging. SUZANNE SCOTT reveals the true greats


BEST FOR LENGTHENING Marc Jacobs Feather Noir

While this formula feels drier than other mascaras, it does make lashes beautifully fluffy and feathery, rather than spiky. The long wand makes it so much easier to reach the shorter, finer hairs at the inner and outer corners, plus stubby, hard-to-cover bottom lashes. It’s also great at removing clumps.

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
    Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash Discovering Mascara - Noir

BEST FOR THICKNESS Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

This mascara is perfect if you like the full-on glamour look of false lashes, but don’t want to actually wear them. The brush adds volume and length so your natural lashes appear thicker and longer. While it’s buildable, we find that you really only need two coats to achieve beautifully big lashes. Turn the brush on its end and use the point to coat shorter hairs.

BEST FOR DAY-TO-NIGHT LASHES By Terry Lash-Expert Twist Brush Double Effect Mascara

You get two looks for the price of one with this. When the lid is locked into position ‘1’, the brush is fairly ordinary: it combs through lashes, lengthens and separates. Lock the lid into position ‘2’ and the brush twists into a ‘helter skelter’ shape, which adds density to the root area and makes lashes appear thicker. Subtle and dramatic in one wand.

  • By Terry
    Lash-Expert Twist Brush Double Effect Mascara

BEST FOR LASTING CURL Sisley Paris So Curl Mascara

If your lashes refuse to hold a curl, try Sisley’s So Curl. The curve of the brush does the heavy lifting, while a combination of polymers in the lacquer fix the hairs into their new shape. Use a lash curler beforehand and apply the mascara while looking down into a mirror so that the brush forces the lashes upwards into a bend.

  • Sisley - Paris
    So Curl Mascara – 1 Deep Black

BEST FOR INTENSITY Tom Ford Beauty Ultra Length Mascara

This silky formula makes lashes look velvety thick, rich and glossy, plus you can apply coat after coat (allowing a few seconds in between each) until you reach the level of intensity you want. This goes all-out on length, which is great for all lashes but short ones in particular.

    Ultra Length Mascara - Ultra Raven

BEST FOR WORKOUT ADDICTS Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara

Once this mascara is on your lashes, it takes an intervention to get it off. One coat is perfect for the gym, but build it up and it delivers full-on, blacker-than-black lashes that don’t flake or smudge. It’s a great option for those who regularly find their mascara on their face.

BEST FOR POST-WORK DRINKS Christian Louboutin Beauty Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer

Adding a flash of gold to the tips of your lashes is a fast and simple update to your daytime makeup that adds a degree of drama to your look without appearing too obvious. Simply drag the wand through your ends of your lashes, over the top of your usual black mascara. The gold flecks will glitter when caught in the light.

  • Christian Louboutin Beauty
    Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer - Goldomania

BEST FOR DOLL-LIKE LASHES Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

This mascara is not for the faint hearted, but it is for anyone who loves dramatically long and spiky lashes. Two coats deliver big on volume, length and intensity (the formula is the inkiest of blacks) and it lasts all day without flaking, smudging or transferring to eyelids. An oil-based makeup remover is required for this heavy-hitter.

  • Hourglass
    Caution Extreme Lash Mascara - Ultra Black

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