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        Best Overall Mascara 2016

        Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara

        Best Overall Mascara 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara

        Do you want subtle, everyday definition for your fringe? Then don’t look here—this tube brings loads of drama. It’s the closest you’ll get to falsies without adhesive thanks to a gel-like, vitamin B–spiked volumizing formula. First, use the flat side of the brush to deliver ink right into the roots, says Bruce Grayson, then twirl on over to the rounded side “to comb through hairs for optimal separation at the tips.”

        $20
        Best Inexpensive Mascara 2016

        L’Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara

        Best Inexpensive Mascara 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013, 2007

        L’Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara

        “I have tried so many mascaras, and I always go back to this one,” says Megan Lanoux. The formula “lengthens and thickens your lashes without ever clumping.” The carbon black shade is particularly impressive, says Ashleigh Louer: “It’s so dark and pigmented that it produces the most dramatic effect on every eye color.” Major props to the brand’s Voluminous Waterproof version too. Makeup artists say the staying power is incomparable, outlasting cry fests, sweat sessions, and laps in the pool.

        $8
        Editor’s Pick
        Best Waterproof Mascara 2016

        Eyeko Sport Waterpoof Mascara

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2016

        Eyeko Sport Waterpoof Mascara

        "“You can swim at a resort in Tulum or takea vigorous spinning class— this waterproof formula will holdup without flaking or dripping.” —MAURA LYNCH, SENIOR BEAUTY EDITOR

        20% off at eyeko.com from 4/15 until 5/12; use code INSTYLE20

        $25
        Editor’s Pick
        Editor's Pick 2015

        Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2015

        Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

        Wear the tinted formula alone for subtle definition or layer it under your go-to mascara for fluttery volume. Swept on top of another formula, it works like a little raincoat, waterproofing your lashes. 

         

        $24
        Best Inexpensive Mascara 2015

        Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

        Best Inexpensive Mascara 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2012

        Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

        Losing clumps of lashes to clingy, long-wearing mascaras is an unfortunate side effect of formulas that last and last. This lush mascara separates, conditions, and coats fringes with dark, shiny pigment, but then rinses away without excessive soap or scrubbing.

        $6
        Best Overall Mascara 2015

        YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils

        Best Overall Mascara 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils

        “It’s the best brush,” says L.A. makeup artist Kerry Malouf of the dense fibers that evenly coat lashes with jet-black pigment. “The formula is lengthening and thickening, with no clumpiness.” And it’s not going anywhere. “Even if you rub your eyes, this doesn’t move.”

        $32
        Best Waterproof Mascara

        Chanel Inimitable

        Best Waterproof Mascara
        WINNER 2015, 2008

        Chanel Inimitable

        Queue up tearjerkers, from Beaches to Still Alice, and put this waterproof workhorse to the test. “It’ll last through any tears,” says Justin Tyme. On days when you don’t expect the waterworks, you can depend on a satiny formula and no-flake finish.

        $32
        Best 2014 Waterproof Mascara

        L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof

        Best 2014 Waterproof Mascara
        WINNER 2014

        L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof

        Leave it to a country singer to test the powers of this sob-proof lash extender. "Last year I was working with Miranda Lambert at the CMA Awards, and she won several of them," says Jeannia Robinette. "She was crying, I was crying, we were all crying, and this mascara did not move."

        $9
        Best 2014 Eco-Friendly Mascara

        Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara

        Best 2014 Eco-Friendly Mascara
        WINNER 2014

        Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara

        "The name says it all," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Gita Bass of this intense carbon-black volumizer. "It's like instant false lashes." Plus, the formula won’t flake out on you. "You’ll look the same at the end of the day as you did in the morning," she says.

        $19
        Best 2013 Overall Mascara

        Dior Diorshow

        Best 2013 Overall Mascara
        WINNER 2013

        Dior Diorshow

        "It’s my go-to mascara," says L.A. makeup artist Sharon Gault. The jumbo wand inflates even the puniest fringe. Layer as much as you like—this stuff won’t clump.

        $25
        Best 2012 Waterproof Mascara

        Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof

        Best 2012 Waterproof Mascara
        WINNER 2012

        Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof

        Waterproof mascaras can be a touch too stiff. But with this pliable formula, "I can build volume, and it layers really well," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Alex Byrne. Thanks to a superior brush, it lengthens lashes and "really holds a curl," says L.A. pro Bruce Grayson.

        $26
        Best 2011 Waterproof Mascara

        Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara

        Best 2011 Waterproof Mascara
        WINNER 2011

        Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara

        Most of the mascaras that promise not to run become stiff within seconds, making it difficult to build up a full, vampy fringe. But this supple lash-plumper takes more time to set, according to L.A. beauty expert Vanessa Scali. Lashes are coated with a glossy blackness that sits tight through rainy days and weepy films.

        $25
        Editors' Pick 2010

        CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara

        Editors' Pick 2010
        WINNER 2010

        CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara

        With a spiky yet flexible brush this mascara lengthens and volumizes with just a few swipes. So much so that people have asked us if we're wearing false lashes-no joke. The silky, jet-black formula also leaves our lashes conditioned and glossy, not clumpy or dried-out like other versions we've tried.

        $9
        Best 2010 Waterproof Mascara

        Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

        Best 2010 Waterproof Mascara
        WINNER 2010

        Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara

        "An all-around classic" is how Jennifer Pitt describes this clump-proof, low-priced formula. Its miniature wand-which maximizes precision and diminishes smudging-makes it a must-have, says Bill Westmoreland.

        $5
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick: 5.31.2010

        Clinique High Lengths Mascara

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2010

        Clinique High Lengths Mascara

        This gently arched, flexible wand yields elegant results: Lush, fully coated lashes in just a few swipes. And although the rich formula is loaded with potent conditioners and proven thickeners, it still goes on silky and clump-free.

        $14
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2009

        Tarte Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2009

        Tarte Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara

        For those moments that call for extra drama, this mascara does the trick. Its tiny bristles grab and separate hard-to-reach lower lash hairs for a wide-eyed Twiggy look.

        $16
        Best 2008 Mascara

        Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara

        Best 2008 Mascara
        WINNER 2008

        Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof Mascara

        Find a lot of clumping with your waterproof mascara? This formula and brush are designed to ferret out smaller lashes and keep them separated and lush.

        $7
        Best 2008 Mascara

        Lancôme L'Extrême Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara

        Best 2008 Mascara
        WINNER 2008

        Lancôme L'Extrême Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara

        "This is the best brush: It separates and defines really well," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Margot Boccia, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez.

        $25
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