The Best Mascaras

By: Sarah Smith

Hard Candy Curl Up & Dye Lash Curling Mascara
In edgy teal, aquamarine, and violet, this mascara looks cool, not clownish, on lashes.

Covergirl Exact Eyelights Mascara
Dip after dip, the brush maintains an even coat of color that never gets gloppy, saturating every lash with nary a clump.
 To buy: $9 at drugstores.

Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara
It makes lashes visible from yards away and comes off easily with soap.

To buy: $9 at drugstores.

Boots No. 7 Extreme Length Mascara
It’s all about the brush: The short, gripping bristles grab and coat every single hair to create a long, feathery effect.

To buy: $8, target.com

L’Oréal Paris Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara
Even thin lashes got plump (but stayed soft), thanks to the bushy bristles.

To buy: $8 at drugstores.

Benefit Bad Gal Brown
This rich chestnut shade is softer than black but just as striking. The oversize brush creates full lashes in one sweep.

To buy: $19, sephora.com.

Shiseido Makeup Perfect Mascara
The thin, lightweight fluid glides on to impart a clean, wide-eyed look that stays flake-free all day. And it won’t fade into skin midday (meaning no raccoonlike remnants under your eyes).

To buy: $23, sephora.com.

Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara
Deep black pigments make eyes look whiter and brighter, while a curvy brush ensures extra-rich coatings.

To buy: $25, lancome-usa.com.