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8 of the best mascaras

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

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Jessica Alexander, actor and star of BBC show Get Even

BEST FOR NATURALLY DEFINED LASHES Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara in Clean Black

With mascara application, the way you hold the brush will create different effects. It’s all about the angle of application – so, for long, defined lashes, apply a coat of highly pigmented but nourishing Eye Love You Mascara by wiggling the wand in and out of the roots as you pull the lashes out and up. The result? A beautifully feline look.

BEST FOR HEAVY COVERAGE Illamasqua Mascara in Raven

Sometimes a look requires a heavy-handed lash, and this mascara’s jet-black pigment is perfect for building coverage and adding bulk to fine lashes. It’s smudge-proof, too, so you know that unsightly under-eye flakiness will be avoided.

BEST FOR DAY-TO-NIGHT LASHES Revitalash Double-Ended Volume Set Eyelash Primer & Mascara

You get two for the price of one with this. Either use the black mascara alone for a beautiful finish, or pump up the effect by first using the blue primer, followed by the volumizing mascara – instantly, lashes look more lush and dense at the roots. And don’t worry about your lashes looking blue – the blue base enhances the black mascara for a really rich darkness.

BEST FOR LASTING CURL Sisley So Curl Mascara in Deep Black

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 the brush forces the lashes upwards into a bend.

BEST FOR INTENSITY Tom Ford Beauty Ultra Length Mascara in Ultra Raven

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.

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

Adding a flash of gold to the tips of lashes is a fast and simple update to your daytime makeup, adding a degree of drama to your look without appearing too obvious. Simply brush the wand through the ends of your lashes, over your usual black mascara. The gold flecks will shimmer when the light catches them.

BEST FOR DOLL-LIKE LASHES Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara in Ultra Black

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 your eyelids. An oil-based makeup remover is required for this heavy-hitter.

BEST FOR DEFINITION Gucci Mascara L’Obscur Eve Black

You only need to take a look at this mascara wand to know the exact lash effect it will deliver. This compact, tightly bristled brush really does give exceptional separation and definition and deposits just the right amount of product onto each lash. Plus, the decadent packaging is particularly pleasing.

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