These Are the Best Mascaras Ever Made, According to 10 Makeup Artists

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The way a single swipe of mascara can take any look up a few notches in seconds will never not impress us, which is why it’s such a staple in every beauty kit, beginner or expert. But with so many options out there, how do you pick the one that’s right for you? Beginning with the best is a good place to start. When asked to share their all-favorite mascaras, these celebrity makeup artists didn’t hesitate. Here are their—and soon to be your—favorite lash lengtheners.  

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Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara ($24)

“The best mascara I’ve found is Roller Lash by Benefit,” says celebrity makeup artist Ashley Rebecca. “It works on all types of lashes and has a comb that makes applying mascara easy.” Rebecca explains that the unique comb thickens the base of your lashes, which is key to having a full lash look.

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CHANEL Inimitable Mascara ($32)

“CHANEL’s Inimitable Mascara is the perfect size for all eyes, picks up the exact amount of product needed and never clumps,” says Melanie Inglessis, makeup artist for names like Olivia Wilde and Kate Hudson. “It was also one of the first mascaras to have a flexible rubber wand.”

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IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara ($24)

“For the blackest, fattest lash, I lean toward Superhero by IT Cosmetics—the brush and formula are incredible and consistent from the first application to the very last of a tube,” beauty expert Mickey Williams says. “I can’t tell you how many of my clients are hooked on it after I use it on them.”

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara ($26)

“My all-time favorite mascara award goes to Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara,” Lady Gaga’s makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, says. “It’s a rich black that has a magical wand to give your lashes mega volume and length. It’s a staple in my kit and I usually end up gifting it to my clients because they love it so much.”

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Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara ($6)

“My award for the best mascara would go to the workhorse of all mascaras: reliable, no-drama-formula, the classic Great Lash by Maybelline,” says celebrity makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen. “While every other brand tries to reinvent the wheel, they just disappear from the market after a year. Great Lash delivers great black color, good coating on each lash (which means thickening and lengthening properties), great staying power and is never a cause for allergies. I have successfully used it for decades!”

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CHANEL Inimitable Mascara ($32)

“My tried-and-true favorite is CHANEL Inimitable because of the feathery effect it has on lashes. It never disappoints no matter who I use it on,” Bella Hadid’s makeup artist, Nina Park, says.

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Blinc Mascara ($26)

“For long wear and super definition, I always use a water-based or ‘rubber-like’ mascara like Blinc Mascara,” explains Williams. “I shot a music video in a pool using it and the lashes stayed precise and perfect, even during the underwater scenes.”

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara ($26)

“I like a product that creates full and fluttery lashes in just one coat. My absolute go-to is Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara,” says celebrity makeup artist Michael Ashton, best known for creating Adele’s signature feline flick. “I love that it gives both volume and lift to the lashes, as well as a rich carbon-black color payoff.”

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Lancôme Hypnôse Buildable Volume Mascara ($27.50)

“I like Lancôme Hypnose. Its rich, velvety formula with the rich black tone make lashes pop,” says celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, who works with Lupita Nyong’o. “The brush makes it easy to reach all the lashes from roots to tips.”

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IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara ($24)

“I would grant that award to IT Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara,” says celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell, who works with names like Kate Mara and Alexis Bledel. “It is rich in color, nonflaking and extends lashes to superhero lengths.”

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara ($23)

“I love the Tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara,” Campbell-Olwell says. “It is nonirritating and delivers everything you’d want in a mascara, without all the bad stuff.”

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