A great mascara is the easiest and best way to enhance your eyes. But with so many products on the market, how do you know which to choose? The key is finding a formula that meets your needs.

Here are my favorites.

For long and lean lashes

If you want defined, yet natural-looking eyelashes, choose a lengthening mascara. Thin and short bristle wands make it easy to apply light layers that add dimension and length while avoiding clumps.

  • Try: Lancome Definicils Mascara, Rimmel’s Extra Super Lash Mascara
  • Tip: Press the wand into the lash root and wiggle up toward tip to evenly distribute product.

For full-bodied flare

Whether adding drama or plumping up sparse lashes, opt for thickening mascara. The longer, denser bristles will distribute more product while the thicker formula adds body and volume.

For smudge-free smolder

Eye shape, rubbing, and humidity can all contribute to smudging. For smear-free lashes, try tube formula mascara. Instead of using a mix of oil and wax like most products, tubing mascara uses an acrylic copolymer that binds together as it dries, forming a rubbery cocoon around each lash.

For waterproof devotees

If tears, sweat or water are in the forecast, choose a lengthening or thickening waterproof formula.

For multitasking magic

These are the formulas that do a little bit of everything, and are perfect for everyday wear.

  • Try: Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara, Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara
  • Tip: To avoid clumping, wipe excess mascara off wand.

What is your favorite mascara?