10 of the best Mascaras

As a makeup artist, the questions I get asked the most are always about what the best products on the market are, and how to use them correctly. Mascara is top of a lot of peoples’ list, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourites with you…

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‘I never leave the house without mascara on’. You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard people say this to me! Because I always take a skin-first approach to makeup, it sometimes amazes me that people prioritise mascara over skincare and foundation, but I also know the difference a lick of one of the best mascaras can make to how you look and feel. If you’re still searching for the very best mascara out there, I’m here to help.


These are the ones you’ll always find in my kit…

  1. Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara, £6.67

    One of the best affordable mascaras on the high street, this Max Factor waterproof mascara is really great for creating separated, defined lashes. Plus, it will last all day.

  2. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara Travel Size, £10

    A great pop-it-in-your-hand-luggage travel option, this Eyeko travel size is even small enough to fit in your clutch for a touch-up on a night out. The curved brush is great on the move, too.

  3. Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, £21.50

    A favourite since its release, this Benefit lengthening mascara is never far from the top of the UK best-sellers list. It stays put really well so it’s a good option if you want to stay smudge-free all day at a wedding or a festival.

  4. Burberry Cat Lashes, £24

    If you love creating feline eyes with ease, this is the mascara for you. It’s great for giving finely coated, separated lashes for an eye-opening, cat eye look. Use with the brilliant Burberry Cat Eye Liner (you’ll find that in my round-up of the best liquid eyeliners, here) for best effect.

  5. MAC Extended Play Gigalash Black Mascara, £15.50

    The long fine brush of this mascara means it goes on really cleanly with no clumps or lumps, and it comes off really easily with warm water or micellar water. It’s a great choice for the everyday, or those who don’t like wearing eye makeup that’s too heavy.

  6. SUQQU Natural Curl Mascara, £29

    This natural curl formula by SUQQU is one of the best mascaras on the market. The wand makes it really easy to apply and it really coats the lashes to add definition and length, but without looking cloggy or flaking.

  7. Burberry Bold Lash Mascara, £24

    If it’s a high-impact, bold finish that you’re looking for, try Burberry’s Bold Lash Mascara on for size. Try two layers for serious volume, but I always recommend using a disposable mascara wand to separate lashes and prevent clumping if you’re layering.

  8. Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara, £25

    If you prefer the natural look, try this ‘no mascara mascara’, it contains conditioning ingredients like neuropeptides and biotin that with regular use will strengthen lashes adding natural volume. The colour is a soft burgundy brown and the wand separates lashes for a barely-there finish that is really flattering.

  9. 3ina The Waterproof Definition Mascara, £10.95

    This is one of the everyday essentials that you’ll find in my personal beauty bag, it’s super lightweight, it’s waterproof and it separates the lashes. It’s a must-have for long days on set!

  10. Bobbi Brown No-Smudge Mascara, £22.50

    This is another one I use in my 5-minute makeup routine – this is a really buildable, long-wearing mascara that won’t drop, no matter how long you’re out and about.

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