The 12 Best Mascaras Under $20 for Fuller, Longer-Looking Lashes

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Face masks are officially a staple in our daily routines, meaning our favorite lipsticks are taking the bench—for now. What’s not? Eye-opening mascara that makes all the difference. These affordable options won’t break the bank while still delivering priceless, eye-defining volume.

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L’Oréal Age Perfect Lash Magnifying Mascara ($11)

Formulated with a conditioning serum and jojoba oil, this safe-for-sensitive-eyes formula caters to brittle or aging lashes and works to nourish with each swipe.

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KKW Black Mascara ($18)

One coat of this creamy formula delivers major volume, lift and length without any clumps, flaking or need for a lash curler.

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bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara ($20)

Aside from the clean, worry-free formula, this mascara’s innovative spiralized wand ensures each and every lash is coated with intense, smudge-free color and separating-meets-thickening power.

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Honest Beauty 2-in-1 Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer ($17)

Delivering two products in one budget-friendly tube, the non-sticky primer works to enhance the lengthening mascara’s staying power. The result: defined, lifted lashes that won’t fall midday.

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Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara ($8)

Full, fanned-out lashes for less than $10? This drugstore-aisle staple is good enough to buy in bulk—and thousands of eager reviewers agree.

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Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara ($5)

This mascara just about broke the internet when it launched for its ability to transform short, lackluster lashes into (no exaggeration) red-carpet-ready fringe in seconds. Read our full review here.

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Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara ($6)

Available in four shades—Very Black, Black, Black Brown and Brown—this pigmented mascara is loved by users for its “natural, yet voluminous” effect and easy application.

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($11)

Dubbed the unofficial drugstore dupe for best-selling Better Than Sex Mascara, this coveted option seriously volumizes and lengthens fringe without ever looking flaky, thick or overdone.

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Colourpop BFF Mascara ($8)

Another way to make a statement behind your face mask? Opting for one of the eight bold hues of this fan-favorite mascara. (We’re partial to cobalt Blue Ya Mind and barely there Brownie Points.)

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Glossier Lash Slick ($16)

The ultimate “no mascara-mascara,” this minimalistic tube delivers all of the length and holds the volume for lashes that look naturally long, full and healthy. 

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Pixi by Petra Lower Lash Mascara ($11)

The easiest way to add some extra oomph to your eye look is by applying a thin coat of mascara to your bottom lashes. This petite wand makes getting in there next to foolproof.

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NYX Professional Worth the Hype Mascara ($8)

This light-as-air formula pulls its weight in the volume and length departments; the tapered-tip wand ensures every lash is coated, lifted and bold.

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