Five best mascaras

Beauty 100: Want luscious lashes? Our beauty experts picked the top five must-try mascaras that will lengthen, curl, volumize and thicken

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Rimmel London Scandaleyes, Makeup, Eyes, Mascara

There really is nothing good mascara can’t do for our eyelashes: it lifts and separates, lengthens and thickens, and curls and volumizes — all depending on our need or our mood. Here are our top five must-try mascaras.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes

 
Rimmel London Scandaleyes

Flirty finish: Rimmel London Scandaleyes, $9.

For those of us who like to play by the rules, yet somehow wish we weren’t so responsible, this is our mascara. Complete with an over-sized brush and an innovative formulation, dramatic, rule-breaking eyelashes are guaranteed.

Benefit They're Real!

 
Benefit They’re Real!

Big & bold: Benefit They’re Real!, $29.

Perfect for drama queens, this mascara gives you the same bold look as a set of false lashes, but without the fuss, muss and glue. The jet-black-hued and long-wearing formula lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates.

Lancôme Hypnôse

 
Lancôme Hypnôse

Super-lengthening: Lancôme Hypnôse, $31.

This mascara will make your eyelashes look like they grew longer overnight. It comes in a range of three wearable natural hues: black, brown and deep black. Plus, we like that the fluid formula contains hydrating and protecting Vitamin B5.

Givenchy Noir Couture

 
Givenchy Noir Couture

Every lash: Givenchy Noir Couture, $35. 

Everything sounds better in French, including Givenchy’s cosmetics, Le Makeup, where mascara suddenly becomes fantastique. Of course, the one-coat-only product thickens, lengthens and curls with its three-spiralled fat brush and that’s awesome in any language. 

CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR

 
CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR

Long-lasting: CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR, $12.

This bold, volumizing mascara keeps life simple: apply it in the morning and then forget about it for the rest of the day. With five shades to choose from, this smudge-proof mascara will keep your lashes in colourful form for 24-hours long. 

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