With masks sticking around for the foreseeable future, we're laser-focused on keeping our eye makeup game sharp. If we're covering up the parts of our face we usually use to flex our favorite products—dewy foundation for a a flawless complexion, pretty blush on your cheeks' apples, a sick red lipstick that doesn't budge—it's still vital to play up what lies above our cheekbones. That means it's all about strong brows and the kind of bold, big, fluttery eyelashes that can only be created by one of the best mascaras.
But when it comes to making your lashes stand out, the solution isn't one-size-fits-all. Different eye shapes and lash situations require different techniques (those of you with hooded lids know exactly what I'm talking about), which is why we're here to steer you in the right direction. Volume always makes eyes pop, and a nice curl can open up the gaze and enhance your makeup—but if there's one thing everyone can use more of when it comes to their lashes, it's length. The illusion of longer lashes can complement a dramatic smokey eye or amp up an otherwise simple makeup look. And for those who worship at the alter of eyelash extensions and can't keep up their routine through the pandemic, a new lengthening formula that helps fake faux lashes can make you feel like your old, extended self again. Here, the cult classic lengthening mascaras and brand-new releases we can't get enough of.
If Benefit's They're REAL! has been in your makeup collection for years, you're going to love the extra-lengthening option.
No time for lash extensions? No problem. This mascara from Thrive Causemetics is here to answer your prayers. This flake-free formula is Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and approved.
This under-$20 mascara from Addison Rae's makeup line, ITEM BEAUTY, offers dramatic clump-free length for a mega-black look that lasts without smudging or flaking off. Conditioners like castor seed oil and glycerin will make your lashes feel so soft.
This weightless-feeling pick from ILIA leaves your lashes looking lifted and feeling soft thanks to the inclusion of shea butter.
Among the list of TikTok-approved mascaras is this one from Maybelline. The special brush is designed to get to every single lash for a fanned-out look from every angle.
This mascara from Saie is made using 100% naturally-derived ingredients, including Australian beeswax and shea butter.
This all-in-one pick from Tarte has more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Ulta's website. Some users even claim that it's the best mascara they have ever used.
There's a reason that L'Oréal's Telescopic Mascara has been a best-seller over the last decade. This classic formula delivers massive length to give you a clean look.
This award-winning mascara from Jessica Alba's brand, Honest Beauty, is a must-buy because it contains mascara *and* primer in one smart formula. This cruelty-free formula is also EWG certified.
A powerful lash peptide included in this mascara from Chantecaille makes your lashes look better naturally. While it provides volume, the real winner here is the clump-free length that it gives you.
Hourglass dreamed up this paraben-free and vegan formula and honestly, I'm obsessed. Every single lash is evenly coated for maximum effect
COVERGIRL is one of my personal favorites at the drugstore thanks to their selection of no-B.S formulas and easy-to-love results. it promises 60% longer lashes and a lightweight formula that slides on without getting all over the place.
Go on TikTok for even a minute or two and you'll no doubt see this mascara from essence pop up. Users on the app claim it gives an uber-dramatic look and costs only $5 bucks. It's a win-win.