Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
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Makeup Artists and Dermatologists Say These Are the Best Mascaras to Buy Right Now

Stock up on these eye-opening formulas, which are lauded by the experts.
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If there's one beauty product that can instantly brighten eyes and make you look more awake, it's mascara. Just a few swipes of a mighty formula is all it takes to boost lash volume and length and encourage separation. What's more, some iterations are packed with nourishing ingredients that can keep these delicate hairs strong long-term.

Since mascara is widely considered the hero of virtually any makeup routine, there are endless options to choose from; it's important to remember that not all formulas, brushes, and wands were created equal, and what works beautifully for one person might not be a great fit for another. With that in mind, we asked makeup artists and dermatologists to share their very favorite mascaras, and they clock in at a myriad of price points and fulfill a variety of different needs. Needless to say, there's one on this list for just about everyone.

Top Picks

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara
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"This is one of the best mascaras I've ever used," says Sessions Makeup Artist Erin Parsons. "It gives the lashes extreme length without clumping," 

Shop Now: Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara, $11.49,

Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara
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Kevyn Aucoin

"Kevyn Aucoin's Curling Mascara has been my go-to mascara for many, many years," says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein. "Its formula has lash tubing technology that coats each eyelash without clumping or smudging." As an added bonus, the mascara washes off easily and is gentle on delicate under-eye skin.

Shop Now: Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara, $28,

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara
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Benefit Cosmetics

With this top-selling mascara in your beauty arsenal, you will never need extensions again. The brush features a magnetically charged core that pulls the formula up towards the tips of the lashes to deliver serious volume and length.

Shop Now: Benefit Cosmetics "They're Real!" Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara, $27,

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
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Too Faced

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Maiman of Marmur Medical calls this option "perfect." "It delivers volume, separation, length, and curl to create rich, fluffy black lashes and contains a film-forming polymer that locks curl in place."

Shop Now: Too Faced "Better Than Sex" Mascara, $26,

Dior Diorshow Mascara
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Just a couple of swipes of this mascara will land you thick and lush lashes. Plus, its long-wear and waterproof formula promises to hold up against humidity, sweat, and watery eyes.

Shop Now: Dior "Diorshow" Mascara, $29.50,

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara
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Wander Beauty

"I'm currently loving Wander Beauty's Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara. It's great for lengthening lashes and contains nourishing ingredients such as panthenol and vitamin E," says Dr. Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Entière Dermatology. This option also features an innovative brush with staggered bristles that separate and capture every hair for maximum volume.

Shop Now: Wander Beauty "Unlashed" Volume and Curl Mascara, $24,

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
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Thrive Causemetics

When it comes to vegan formulas, you can't beat this one from Thrive. Not only is it safe for delicate eyelid skin, but it's powered by the brand's Flake-Free Tubing Technology to ensure flawless and show-stopping lashes.

Shop Now: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara, $24,

L'Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara
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"One of my most favorite makeup artists once told me, 'The best mascara is a new mascara,' and I think there is so much truth in this," shares board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman. "I love drugstore brand mascaras for this reason. You can stock up and use a new one every six to eight weeks so that you're always using a fresh, clump-free formula. L'Oréal's Voluminous Mascara is one of my favorites." 

Shop Now: L'Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara, $8.99,

Glossier Lash Slick
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For the perfect no-makeup makeup look, turn to Glossier's Lash Slick. This formula is designed to enhance what you have and brighten up your eyes without ever making you feel too "done."

Shop Now: Glossier Lash Slick, $16,

ItCosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara
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This mascara comes highly recommended by board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Shereene Idriss, and it's easy to understand why. The game-changing formula was developed by plastic surgeons and contains biotin, peptides, and collagen to strengthen and lengthen lashes. What's more, the thin wand and brush make targeting lower lashes a breeze.

Shop Now: ItCosmetics "Superhero Elastic" Stretch Mascara, $25,

Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara
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Although this Chantecaille mascara is on the pricey side, it's well worth the investment. Thanks to a dynamic combination of rose oil and natural waxes, the formula lengthens and conditions. The clump-proof double helix brush is designed to grab every lash and coat it in the highly pigmented and nourishing product.

Shop Now: Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, $73,

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara
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Charlotte Tilbury

Your lashes will look instantly multiplied with just one stroke of this glossy formula from Charlotte Tilbury.

Shop Now: Charlotte Tilbury "Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes" Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara, $29,