Give short, sparse lashes the oomph it needs with these lengthening and voluminising mascaras.
#1 Burberry Beauty Cat Lashes Mascara in Jet Black, $52
This beguiling British bauble boasts a head-turning hourglass-shaped brush that’s fantastic for faking a fabulous feline flick. The bristles have been precision-engineered to extend the length of the tiniest hairs at the outer edges, to give downturned peepers a perky Botox-like lift.
And as for the results proper? Let’s just say I had to switch to contacts because the lenses of my spectacles kept getting smudged by my now-generously girthed lashes – a most pleasant inconvenience, if you ask me. (Bonus points for the perfectly posh packaging!)
#2 M.A.C In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Lash in Dimensional Black, $37
Adherents of the bigger-is-better beauty school of thought, this one’s for you. The colossal conical brush-head must surely rank as one of the most mammoth on the market, but there’s method to the massiveness: The generous girth is said to allow for maximum saturation of the bristles in the canister.
This whopper of a wand also makes good on its primary purpose of funnelling the water-resistant waxes, polymers and pigments from the root to the tip of your lash. As with most things Mac, this titan is not for the timid!
#3 Maybelline New York Big Eyes Barbie Mascara, $21.90
Boasting a priming potion on one end and the product proper on the other, this dual-sided drugstore darling’s biggest trump card must be its take-no-prisoners, go big or go home faux-lash formula fortified with clump-resistant creams and waxes that envelop your eyelashes from root to tip. Best for ballsy budget Barbies out to paint the town pink!
#4 Chanel Dimensions de Chanel in 10 Noir, $53
This covetable Chanel collectible is one magical makeup multitasker – the tapering tip of the wiry wand promises to latch onto the most minuscule of lashes for maximum thickening, conditioning and curling power. And yeah, this being Chanel and all, expect an eruption of green-eyed envy when you whip this beautiful baby out in the powder-room.
#5 Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara, $41
Ensconced within this ravishing red receptacle is an exquisite elixir that’s stuffed to the gills with esters and emollients for the most gorgeous gloss imaginable. The fortifying formula is fleshed out by futuristic conical bristles on the wand that promise to lift and lengthen your lashes for well, a most grand entrance indeed.
#6 Kate Virtual Long Lash in Bk-1 Hard Black, $25.50
A stunning showcase of technical know-how, the wand itself is a thing of wonder with its sinuous curved profile. Delightfully dense and pleasingly pliable, the finely spaced teeth divides and conquers individual hairs for finely feathered lashes. An absolute joy to use!
#7 Dior Diorshow Designer Mascara in 088 Pro Anthracite, $53
The go-to grooming bauble of backstage pros everywhere, this cutting-edge contraption boasts a patented airlock mechanism to prevent the formula from flaking and your lashes from clumping. I’m obsessed!
#8 Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara, $49
A solid workwoman-ready wonder, just one swipe deposits all the product you need for luscious, fanned-out lashes that are fluttery, flirty and oh so fabulous. No clumping, too, at least in my experience – just oodles and oodles of drama and dimension, almost like wearing falsies.
#9 Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, $38
This mascara may have been designed for the bottom lashes, but who’s stopping us from using it on shorter lashes on the upper lash line? The wand is smaller and tapered, allowing you to coat lashes located the inner and outer corners of the eye, which are usually harder for regular mascara wands to reach.
#10 It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof Mascara, $42
Tiny but mighty – the It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof Mascara has a super slim mascara wand which lets you coat lashes at the hard-to-reach areas. Plus, the tiny bristles pick up just enough product for you to tight line without having to drag an eyeliner across the sensitive lash line.
Text: Eugene Quek / Her World Plus Additional reporting: Arissa Ha
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