These Are the Best Mascaras for Every Lash Type

February 17, 2022
By: Makeup.com | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
The Best Mascara for Your Lash Type
Although it’s easy to dismiss mascara as a one-size-fits-all beauty buy, it’s actually much more complex than that. Every formula is expertly created to meet specific lash needs — whether that be volume, length, or something in between. It makes choosing a mascara tricky, especially if you have lashes that require something otherworldly to volumize and lengthen (those of you with short lashes will know what we’re talking about). We’ve rounded up our favorite mascara formulas for every lash type ahead — we promise they’re the best of the bunch.

Mascara for Straight Lashes

If your eyelashes are naturally straight, it’s likely you’ve struggled with finding a mascara that will hold a curl. We recommend using a lash curler before applying a waterproof formula, like the Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Colossal Curl Bounce Waterproof Mascara, to help hold the curl all day long. This product has a curved brush designed to lift, volumize and lengthen even the straightest of lashes from root to tip.


Looking for a low-maintenance option or hate removing waterproof formulas? Try a lash lift instead, which curls lashes for six to eight weeks.
Maybelline New York Volum’ Express Colossal Curl Bounce Waterproof Mascara

Mascara for Naturally Curled Lashes

Those blessed with naturally curled lashes are likely looking for a formula that offers volume and length. Luckily, lots of formulas are designed with those goals in mind. Our personal favorite? The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, which offers dramatic volume and elongates every lash for a fluttery, fanned-out effect. It was also recently reformulated to contain conditioning oils that nourish lashes.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

Mascara for Fine Lashes

Anyone who has fine lashes knows the issue isn’t making them look long, it’s that there aren’t many lashes to work with. That’s where volumizing and thickening mascaras come in. To get a fuller look, try the YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara. The buildable, smudge-proof formula features an oversize cone-shaped wand that grips every single lash for major volume that lasts up to 24 hours.
YSL Beauty Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara

Mascara for Short Lashes

For the stubby-lashed among us, don’t worry — it’s easy to cheat with a good lengthening mascara. We recommend opting for a formula that offers length and definition, which will make lashes look longer and fuller than they naturally are. Our go-to? The Urban Decay Wild Lash Mascara, which is clean, plant-powered and vegan. The inky formula glides on smoothly for length, volume and lift that lasts for 16 hours.
Urban Decay Wild Lash Mascara
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