Among all the products on your vanity table, mascara perhaps ranks at the top of your essentials. It has a place in a full spectrum of makeup looks, from a day out in “no-makeup” makeup, to a full glam face.  Even if you’re a beginner, mascara is at the forefront of products you should experiment with to see just how a small amount of makeup can alter your appearance.

The thing with mascara is that there are so many products on the market, with each catering to specific needs. What someone may recommend as their holy grail may not cut it for your lashes, or certain preferences. And let’s be real, clumpy mascaras are a taste some of us never acquire.

Even with such streamlined needs, there are some lash enhancers on the market that are a cut above. If you’re trying to figure out a fresh tube to buy, here are the best mascaras on the market for a range of needs, whether lengthening, defining, or more.

For feathery, separated lashes

The Guerlain Maxi Lash Intense Volumizing is the mascara to go to for really fluffed out, feathery and inky black lashes. All you need is a single coat to achieve optimum results, and it has incredible lasting power. Just be wary of the rose fragrance in this mascara if you have sensitive eyes.

Available at TANGS.

For added length

The Benefit Roller Lash has become a cult name in the makeup industry since its release fewer than two years back. While it promises to thicken and lengthen your lashes, its winning point is how it makes added length look more natural than most mascaras. You just need a thin coat to achieve a decent effect. To add to the positives, this mascara is long-wearing without any flakiness.

Available at Sephora and Benefit boutiques.

For lower lashes

M.A.C’s Extended Play Gigablack Mascara is an extremely black mascara that effortlessly separates and enhances your bottom lashes. The real winner here is the small and skinny wand, which helps you get your bottom lashes defined while lessening the potential for smudgy mishaps, because we all know how painful that can be.

Available at M.A.C.

For natural, fluttery lashes

With aloe, jojoba oil, vitamin E and no gluten, the Ilia mascara is perhaps one of the most friendly products on the market for those with sensitive eyes. The formula’s performance is also 10/10, giving you dark, fluttery lashes with zero clumps or smudges throughout the day. It imparts a naturally long effect to your lashes, making it perfect for everyday wear.

Available at Sephora.

For volume

Clinique’s Lash Power Flutter-To-Full is a versatile mascara that allows you to adjust exactly how much product you want on the brush with a simple twist of the barrel. You can go from natural to dramatic with just one coat, but the real star of this product is just how volumnising it is. If you’ve got sparse lashes, this mascara is a lifesaver.

Available at Clinique.

For the false lash effect

Falsies are a time-consuming pain to put on, so the next best solution is to get a mascara that does something similar. The Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Volume Effect Faux Cils Shocking mascara is a bold, curling mascara that makes your lashes look luscious. It also comes in a variety of colours if you’re feeling experimental.

Available at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty counters.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.