Makeup Artists Say These Are the Best Lengthening Mascaras, Period
To be completely honest, I pretty much consider myself a connoisseur where mascara is concerned. After all, it was the first beauty product that I ever experimented with, (and subsequently fell in love with), and my perpetual quest to discover the quintessential formula and application cocktail has remained unwavering. Another constant: my addiction to length. Yes, buxom volume and luxe, super-saturated pigment is vital. But, IMHO, sleek, stretched-out lashes are what truly make or break a mascara’s potential to reach its fluttering, oh so feminine potential. Ya feel? Plus, it’s one of the only products that are consistently wearable and appropriate. From a 9 a.m. board meeting to 12 p.m. tacos to that 7 o’clock blind Bumble date, a lengthening mascara is always the ultimate beauty accessory.
And while there are now plenty of wand-less products on the market promising sky-high lashes (think extensions, falsies, and lash-enhancing serums), I love the glamorous feeling of coating my fringe with an ample dose of lengthening mascara—plus, it requires significantly less maintenance. It’s by far the most satisfying (and time-consuming) step in my makeup routine, and scouring the web for the very best formulas has become a weekly, if not daily, habit. Yes, it’s a bit of an obsession, but hey, there are worse things to be addicted to, right? So when my lovely managing editor, Lindsey Metrus, asked me to gather some expert intel (via some of the best makeup artists in the industry) regarding the best lengthening mascaras that money can buy, I happily obliged.
Keep scrolling for a list of the very best lengthening mascaras, according to makeup artists.
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara ($42)
We recently spotted Benefit’s iconic slate-gray tube, an celebrity and makeup artist staple, in an Instagram snapshot by celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder. Hey, if it’s good enough for her high-profile clients like Nina Dobrev, Emma Roberts, and too many Victoria’s Secret Angels to count, it’s good enough for us mere mortals. It’s also a favorite of Vanessa Scali, who works with Olivia Culpo, America Ferrera, and Halston Sage.
Why it’s a standout: The staggered bristles and uniquely domed tip promise precise application for out-of-this-world lengthening.
IT Cosmetics Tightline 3-in-1 Black Primer Eyeliner Mascara ($38)
According to celebrity makeup artist Katie Mellinger (she works with doe-eyed beauties like Emma Watson and Bryce Dallas Howard), the brush is what sets this lengthening mascara apart from its competition. Oh, and it’s especially great for getting those itty-bitty lower lashes—what usually feels like an impossible feat.
Why it's a standout: “The brush on this mascara is the real winner. Because it’s so small and thin, you can really get into the base of the lash, making your eyelashes look crazy long.”
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara ($52)
Created by the legendary makeup artist herself (seriously, head to her Instagram for some of the best beauty looks you ever did see), it should come as no surprise that this “miracle” mascara is always in Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup arsenal. And—deep breath—she even shared with us her tip for perfect application: “For those sexy bedroom eyes, drag the wand outward in the outer corner and brush an extra coat onto the outer lashes.” Celebrity makeup artist Stevi Christine also cited Tilbury’s formula as one of her favorites to use on her clients.
Why it’s a standout: Fluttery bristles expertly coat every last lash while a unique blend of nourishing ingredients like marine glycogen and tamanu oil revitalises your fringe for easy-on-the-eyes length.
Marc Jacobs Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash Discovering Mascara ( $36 ) ($16)
Celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls (who works with Janelle Monáe), loves this ultra-skinny wand for her gorgeous clientele. “Whenever I use it on my clients, people ask me if they’re wearing individual lashes. This mascara is like a lash technician in a tube,” she says.
Why it’s a standout: Inspired by the lusciously soft feel of feathers, this formula never feels hard or stiff on the lashes. Plus, due to the super-skinny brush, it helps you lengthen the tiniest hairs on both your upper and lower lids.
Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara ($56)
Celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan regularly works with Hollywood’s most up-and-coming It girls, from Lucy Hale to Nathalie Emmanuel—i.e., to say her list of clients is impressive would be a gross understatement. Credit card in hand, we’re basically prepared to drench, lather, and coat ourselves with everything in Deenihan’s makeup bag, especially this va-va-voom formula from Chanel. We’ve repeatedly spotted this lengthening mascara on her Instagram account, and we’ve since become smitten.
Why it’s a standout: The exclusive “Snowflakes” brush features both long and short bristles for strategic application and eat-your-heart-out length. Plus, soft waxes ensure the end-result is supple, never spidery.
Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara ($34)
A two-for-one pop of nourishment and length, this mascara is another favorite of Mellinger’s and is one of the best when it comes to its innovative formula. Caffeine, botanicals, biotin, and shea butter energise and heal while tubed fibers create the same looks as your falsies, sans goop.
Why it’s a standout: “This is one of my fave go-to mascaras. It really covers all the bases. It’s water resistant, has repair and nourishing benefits, and it’s paraben free. As a tubing mascara, it’s one of the better types of mascara to use in order to add a ton of length.”
Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Waterproof Mascara ($39)
When it comes to lengthening (and longevity!), we’ve heard plenty of makeup artists say they turn to a resilient, waterproof formula to get the job done for their clients. And with demanding situations like red carpet events and photo shoots, that can prove to be quite the trick. Celebrity makeup artist Stevi Christine applauds this one from Make Up For Ever. She also gave us a helpful tip when it comes to mascara: “Replace often, and close them tightly.” Easy enough.
Why it’s a standout: A game-changing “micro-defining” complex keeps lashes lifted, long, and precise (aka if you’re into clumps, this one’s probably not for you). The cone-shaped brush is composed of soft synthetic fibers, which grab onto your fringe and pump up the volume.
And since lips and lashes go hand in hand, read our editor-approved lineup of the very best lip balms for fall.