Mascara often tops people’s ‘one product I won’t leave the house without applying’ list (after sunscreen, of course), though it’s not always a one-size-fits-all. There are thin and thick wands, or bristle and fibre wands; waterproof formulas and tubing formulas, or those spiked with lash-enhancing serums. Whichever you choose, mascara is a literal eye-opener. Applied in a single coat or loaded up in layers, mascara will tint your lashes (black, usually, but also whatever colour you like), and then do something else: add volume, curl, lift or length, separate and define, or offer waterproof wear for reduced smearing. And because mascara is a product we should all be replacing regularly (the dark and wet environment of a mascara tube is a breeding ground for bacteria and the product is designed to be worn very close to the eyes – and you want to protect your eyes!), it’s an excellent product to experiment with across different brands and formulas.
So whether you're a strictly one-mascara-forever kind of person, or a one-for-every-occasion mascara wardrobe type, we've rounded up the best wands you can buy right now.
Best tubing mascara
Best volumising mascara
Best waterproof mascara
Best lengthening mascara
Best all-rounder mascara
Best smudge-proof mascara
Best mascara for sensitive eyes