Beauty: Mascara Madness Guide

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Don’t get caught up in those “do all” mascaras that promise volume, length and beyond. A single tube can pack only so many effective ingredients, but that doesn’t make them any less desirable. From big and bushy brushes to carbon black formulas, we’re breaking down the best curling, lengthening, volume and waterproof mascaras that will make your lashes look their best.

Curling: The resins and waxes in curling mascaras are used to lift and bend stick-straight lashes.

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara ($28.50)
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara ($16)
Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($38)

Lengthening: Mascara formulas that boast nylon fibers act as an extension on short lashes.

Benefit They’re Real! ($23)
Revlon Lash Potion Volume + Length Mascara ($4.99)
Cargo LashActivator ($25)

Volume: For a high drama look, opt for wands that are big and bushy.

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara ($8.99)
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Mascara ($9.99)
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll ($30)

Waterproof: Save these tubes for your best friend’s wedding, a hit tear-jerker film or anything else that might bring on the waterworks.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara ($6.99)
bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara ($18)
Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara ($27)

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