If you’ve ever wanted to get the look of false lashes without having to deal with the fussy application process, messy liquid adhesive and precision in placement, consider a tube of fiber mascara your new best friend. Fiber mascara is basically the wunderkind product of the eye makeup, and more specifically, lash world: it provides multiple benefits, plus the look of lash extensions, with just a few careful swipes. Generally made with silk or rayon filaments that adhere to your natural hairs, the result is longer, more luscious lashes. What’s more, when your lashes are defined, your eyes are more open, which brightens up your entire complexion—in other words, a win-win-win.
How you use the fibers to your advantage, though, depends on your desired effect. Keep your look fresh by just coating your top lashes with a formula that infuses volume, or add major length by focusing on the outer corners. Want to focus on ultra-glamorous, red-carpet-inspired drama? Coat both top and bottom lashes with a tube that promises to deliver on volume, definition, and length with the help of a fiber-infused formulation. Basically, when it comes to getting incredible lashes, the options are endless!
And because mascara is truly the one makeup product no woman can live without, we couldn’t pick just one favorite. Click through our slideshow of our 15 best wands that either keep the fiber-rich formula on the side (the white, moisturizing cream should be used as a first step, or ‘pre-mascara’ move, before you actually sweep on color) ; or have the lash lengthening fibers already mixed into their color for one-step application to lashes out to there!
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes
Packed in a sleek, luxe-looking gold tube, this under-$10 find is a steal, with its major sculpting powers that can lift, separate and define lashes—without a pump or more than a single coat. Plus, it’s now also available in a black lacquer that’s shinier, inkier, and provides more color payoff than black or even blackest black.
NYX Professional Makeup Double Stacked Mascara
These fiber false lashes are going to give you the most length, so choose a double-tube formulation like this if you’re going for the long view. You swipe on a coating of mascara first, then use the tube of fibers on the ends of lashes, and finally re-seal with another coat of the glossy black formula.
Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Washable Mascara
With a wand shaped like a spoon to fit the shape of your eye, this mascara traces your lashes, top or bottom, flawlessly and clump-free. The volumizing formula has keratin-based fibers to amp up the width of your own lashes without giving you a over-lacquered, over-coated look. Hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil and arginine help keep lashes from flaking or drying out.
Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Lashes Mascara
Forget Eyes Wide Shut: With this tube of mascara, your eyes will be wide open after just a few swipes. Plus, this volumizing formula has serious staying power, and can keep lashes coated and clump-free for about 24 hours—far longer than you’d actually need to (theoretically, at least) need that wide-awake yet totally sexy look.
Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes
Made with a special FiberShine technology that provides falsie-like length and a vinyl-like, lacquered finish, this mascara is seriously flirtatious. The cone-shaped brush is particularly precise at separating lashes along the lower lid as well as in those hard-to-reach, outer corners.
The Body Shop Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara
Like everything else at The Body Shop, this formula is naturally incredible, but it also comes in a litany of bright summer hues including emerald green and cobalt blue. Dual-sided and featuring two steps — a colored coating plus the fibers to layer in between — the color payoff is even more supreme thanks to the white basecoat, which will leave your lashes more vibrantly painted.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara
This dual-sided treat makes your lashes look like a million bucks. With a lash conditioning primer on one end and a nylon-laced fiber mascara on the other, both ends have comb applicators—as opposed to the usual brush wands—for the most precise, clump-free payoff with both formulations.
NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara
This flirty, fun mascara uses a combination of natural oils and nylon fibers to give you fluttery fringe with just a few coats. Plus, this particular formula is offered in three varieties: lash-lengthening, volumizing, or waterproof, but we’re partial to all three. (You can try layering formulas for a seriously epic effect, too.)
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
One of the OG fiber mascaras, this YSL tube got a makeover in 2015 from the inside out. With three separate polymer films to create a tube-like, falsh-lash effect, this reformulation includes the addition of sweet almond oil, vitamin B5, and other conditioning agents to help keep lashes flake free. And unlike most other fiber formulas, this one is available in a bevy of shades, including navy, burgundy, and forest green.
Maybelline New York Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Waterproof Mascara
As the seductive name suggests, this fiber-laced formula is all about the length, so if you’re looking for some curl or lift, employ the assistance of an eyelash curler first. But then watch out! This tube is so powerful it can add an average of four millimeters of length to lashes, which may not *sound* like a lot, but will make a world of difference on your lashes. The unique brush design latches to six different parts of each lash to ensure an even coating, too.
Lancôme Cils Booster XL White Mascara and Primer
If you’re partial to your own tube of mascara but are looking for that false lash appeal, try a primer like this one, which captures and coats each and every lash with a white film. Not only are lashes longer after application, but you’re also able to see exactly where you’ll need to wiggle your regular mascara wand to paint each and every lash from root to tip.
NYX Professional Makeup Boudoir Collection Faux Lashes
This formula is beloved by NYX fans for its lack of clumping with each coat, providing red-carpet style lashes with a seriously friendly price tag.
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
This brand-new launch is all about bigger being better—after swiping on this formula, we can’t say we disagree. The oversized brush, noticeably larger than any of the brand’s any other formulas, gives lashes an insane boost in volume with the infusion of several different waxes, while hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil give lashes shine and natural effect.