These 10 Mascaras Will Make Everyone Think You Got Lash Extensions
If you like smudge-proof lashes, you'll love tubing mascaras.
Anyone who regularly wears mascara quickly discovers that not all of them are created equal.
However, if you get smudges, flakes, or clumps whether you swipe or wiggle your mascara brush, it might be because of the formula you're using.
That's where tubing mascaras enter the equation.
Unlike traditional wax-based formulas, these lengthening and volumizing mascaras are infused with polymers or fibers that wrap around the lashes so they don't flake or smudge throughout the day.
"Tubing mascara is great for someone who is looking for the ultimate drama factor, including the extra lift and curl," Neil Scibelli, a New York City-based makeup artist, tells InStyle. "A tubed formula is also pretty smudge-proof, since it seals a rubber-like tube around each individual lash — almost like a rain coat for each lash!"
Better yet, while tubing mascaras offer long-lasting length and volume, removing them is less rough on the skin. Conventional waterproof formulas often require a ton of rubbing and scrubbing, leading to redness and irritation, but tubing mascaras simply slide off with warm water, or a bit of makeup remover, if you so desire.
To condition your lashes and prevent fall out, Scibelli recommends using a makeup-removing cleansing balm that's formulated with gentle, nourishing ingredients like coconut and vitamin E. He's a fan of Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Melting Balm.
"You can apply a bit of the balm onto a damp cloth, and just press it onto the lashes cleaning the formula off in a downwards motion, Scibelli says. "The tubes will slide right off your lashes onto your cloth."
Ahead, our 10 favorite tubing mascaras that will make your lashes look like you just got extensions.
- Best for Sensitive Eyes: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
- Best for Bottom Lashes: MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara
- Best Lengthening: Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara
- Easiest to Remove: Maybelline Snapscara
- Best Drugstore: L'Oréal Paris Makeup Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening 2 Step Mascara
- Best Humidity-Proof: Surratt Beauty Relevée Mascara
- Best Conditioning: DHC Double Protection Mascara
- Best Affordable: NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara
- Best Lifting: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes Mascara
- Best Volumizing: Benefit Cosmetics Bad Gal Bang! Mascara
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Best for Sensitive Eyes: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
Thrive Causemetics' cult-favorite formula was tested by optometrists and dermatologist alike, ensuring it's gentle enough for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. The innovative tubing formula wraps around each lash, and delivers extension-level length that doesn't smudge or flake.
To buy: $24; thrivecausemetics.com
Best for Bottom Lashes: MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara
This waterproof MAC mascara adds length to top lashes, but the ultra-slim brush makes it perfect for enhancing your bottom lashes, too. The jet black formula stays smudge and flake-free for up to 16 hours.
To buy: $21; nordstrom.com
Best Lengthening: Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Lengthening Mascara
One coat of Hourglass' tubing mascara makes lashes look so fluttery, people will ask you where you got your extensions done. While the formula is long wear, it comes off effortlessly with water.
To buy: $29; sephora.com
Easiest to Remove: Maybelline Snapscara
With over 1,000 five-star reviews, this Maybelline mascara has quickly become a cult-favorite tubing formula. While most mascaras are designed to stay on, this innovative formula is made to be easy to take off, too. Simply press and hold a cotton round or face towel with some water and it will lift off — no rubbing or tugging necessary.
To buy: $6; amazon.com.
Best Drugstore: L'Oréal Paris Makeup Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening 2 Step Mascara
You don't need to spend double digits to get a quality mascara that doesn't smudge or flake. Take L'Oréal's two-step formula for example. One end of the tube is a primer that nourishes and conditions lashes, while the other is an inky black mascara that adds up to 80% more volume.
To buy: $9; amazon.com.
Best Humidity-Proof: Surratt Beauty Relevée Mascara
Makeup artist Troy Surratt looks to Japanese technology as inspiration for his namesake makeup line, including this humidity-proof tubing mascara. The formula leaves lashes with a naturally long, curled look that doesn't run, smudge, or flake in the heat.
To buy: $30; net-a-porter.com.
Best Conditioning: DHC Double Protection Mascara
Thanks to nourishing vitamin E and beeswax, DHC's mascara conditions lashes while simultaneously making them look longer and fuller.
To buy: $19; amazon.com.
Best Affordable: NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara
While there's truth to the age-old saying "some things are too good to be true," NYX's uber-affordable mascara is one of the exceptions. The formula is infused with fibers that hug each lash for maximum volume and length. Better yet, it's racked up rave reviews on Amazon because it doesn't flake or run.
To buy: $8; amazon.com.
Best Lifting: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes Mascara
Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk Push-Up Mascara is all in the brush. The exclusive design has a flat side and one with bristles, that combined with the formula's lengthening polymers, gives lashes a lifting effect for up to 24 hours.
To buy: $29; nordstrom.com.
Best Volumzing: Benefit Cosmetics Bad Gal Bang! Mascara
Formulated with aeroparticles, a technology first developed for NASA, you best believe that Benefit's Bad Gal Bang! Mascara is going to make your lashes look out of this world. The extreme volume stays put for up to 26 hours without weighing lashes down, and the rubber brush is designed to reach every single lash. (Yep, even those baby ones in the inner corners.)
To buy: $25; nordstrom.com.