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Eye makeup is transformative: a strategic flick of eyeliner can lift your lids while a few coats of the right mascara can instantly make your eyes appear bigger, brighter and rounder. The catch is, many mascaras tend of smudge or flake, which defeats the entire purpose of using them because now you end up having to clean up the mess and worrying about one more things.
To make things easier, we round up the best mascaras that beauty editors love and swear by so you know you’re definitely getting your money’s worth! And when applying these top-performing mascaras, always start by using an eyelash curler or a heated curler to give your lashes a natural lift. Wiggle the brush in a zigzag motion to get as much product onto each lash as you can and start as close to the root as possible. Keep a lash comb handy so you can work through clumps for perfectly separated lashes!
Best Lash Primer: KATE Tokyo Lash Maximiser, $20.50
For those with stubby lashes, prep your lashes with KATE Tokyo’s Lash Maximiser for maximum impact. Not only does this deposit tiny fibres to thicken and lengthen lashes, it also helps hold lashes in place. Just apply this on bare lashes to the desired volume and length before mascara.
Best For Volumising: Dior Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume in 090 Black Pump, $54
Thanks to its revolutionary design, it has a squeezable tube so you never have to worry about the mascara formula drying up. All you have to do is squeeze the tube before application to soften the creamy formula for a smooth and even effect. The flexible brush also hugs every lash to deposit maximum amount of products, instantly thickening your lashes without weighing them down.
Best Waterproof Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, $35
Your best bet against heat, humidity, sweat and tears, this power-packed mascara lengthens and volumises your lashes in just two coats. Its ultra-thin formula also makes layering a breeze as you don’t have to worry about clumps. Plus, the formula is fortified with lash-conditioning ingredients so they stay supple all day.
Best For Lengthening: Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, $38
Great for those with sparse lashes, the uniquely designed brush makes all the difference. Thanks to tiny hooks that reach every single tiny lash, it also helps comb through clumps for a smooth and defined effect. The mascara formula is also lightweight so it doesn’t feel heavy, even for the finest of lashes. So feel free to apply, layer and repeat to your heart’s content for the longer, enviable lashes.
Best Value For Money: Maybelline Magnum Big Shot Mascara Waterproof, $19.90
For the budget conscious, get the most out of every dollar with this mascara that is big on effect but small on price. Its collagen formula volumises and defines lashes in just one coat while its spiral brush has wavy bristles that grab even the tiniest of lashes.
Most Versatile: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mascara, $54
With a rounded tip at the end of the conical-shaped brush, this truly redefines mascara application. Be it the tiny lashes at the inner corners, outer corners or even those on the lower lash line, this unique brush makes its totally easy to reach even the trickiest corners, you don’t need to be a professional makeup artist. The formula also ensures smooth, clump-free application that lasts all day.
Most Dramatic: YSL Beauty Mascara The Shock Waterproof, $60
Not for the faint-hearted (or everyday wear), this mascara truly lives up to its name. The jet-black pigments means it goes on intense and dramatic, while its creamy formula stretches every lash for a head-turning effect. The slim brush also makes it easy to use on those with short lashes. Best part, it’s waterproof for flawless, round-the-clock wear.