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Whether you’re obsessed with having curled long lashes or voluminous ones—there’s a mascara for every look

A quality mascara is one of the most important beauty products that every woman should have in her makeup bag. Curling, volumising, thickening and nourishing effects... there are countless options to choose from when it comes to achieving your eyelash goals, and it can be difficult to decide which ones are worth investing in. That's why we’ve rounded up ten of the best mascaras on the market, that will keep your lashes looking fresh and beautiful throughout the day.

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Gucci Mascara L’Obscur

Best for: A highly buildable, lightweight formula 

Every beauty aficionado wouldn’t resist a luxurious mascara like this. Featuring a gorgeous pink-and-gold packaging and a specially designed brush, Gucci’s first-ever mascara certainly lives up to its hype. It creates intense lashes in a creamy, smudge-proof formula that lasts up to 12 hours. You can also make use of its thin head to emphasize the small lashes in the corner of your eyes for an ultra-feminine look.  

Available at Gucci

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Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara

Best for: Sensitive eyes

Say goodbye to formulas that make your eyes red and irritated. Crafted by the luxury cruelty-free beauty brand Chantecaille, this mascara is free from GMOs, synthetic colour and other harmful chemicals, which is safe for contact lens wearers and those with super sensitive eyes. It blends the latest peptide technology and with its long-lasting, rosewater-enriched formula to comb and feather lashes for defined volume. Definitely worth the splurge. 
Available at Lookfantastic 

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Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

Best for: Dramatic false lash effect 
For those who crave for long, curly lashes with intense volume, Hourglass’ innovative mascara is an essential. It comes equipped with a 4D Amplifier™ brush that combines a lengthening brush and a volumizing brush to coat lashes from root to tip, making them appear thicker, perfectly separated with 400 per cent more volume in just one stroke. 
Available at Selfridges 

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Helena Rubinstein Lash CC Carbon Care

Best for: Eyelash care
More than just a mascara that creates exceptional volume and length, this magic wand from Helena Rubinstein is designed to protect your delicate lashes against external aggression caused by the repeated use of mascara and eye makeup removers. The nourishing formula is wax-free, which features a blend of three protective oils (castor seed, argan and camellia oils) to deliver fuller, healthier-looking lashes in an intense black hue for a sultry stare.  
Available at DFS 

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MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash

Best for: Smudge-proof lashes 
If you’re over mascara that doesn’t even last until lunchtime, it’s time to switch to a tubing mascara. Unlike regular mascaras (which coat your lashes with pigment), tubing mascaras wrap polymer fibres around the lashes. The best part? They’re incredibly easy to remove with warm water.

Get in on the action with this tubing mascara from MAC. Only a coat or two you’ll see immediate volume and curling effect, and you don’t even need to worry about mid-day smudge—thanks to its 16-hour waterproof formula. 
Available at MAC

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Dior Diorshow Designer

Best for: A classy runway makeup look 
This iconic mascara from Dior is a cult favourite for good reason. Specially designed and tested for Asian lashes, Diorshow Designer has built a reputation for replicating the effect of lash extensions used by runway makeup artists. It features a buildable formula that enriched with microfibres to thicken and separate your lashes to give a beautiful fanned-out effect. We also love its patented AIR-LOCK™ wiper, which would help lock in the moisture and stop it drying out, keeping the formula stays fresh until the last use.  
Available at Lane Crawford  

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Lancôme Grandiôse Waterproof Mascara

Best for: Exceptional durability 
Lancôme’s innovative Grandiôse Waterproof Mascara has the perfect union of brush and formula for elongated, heightened lashes that last up 24 hours through sweat and humidity. It comes with a patented swan-neck™ wand and a specially engineered brush to hold the maximum amount of formula to make sure even the smallest lashes are coated. The quick-drying fluid formula not just helps to build as much volume as you desire, it also contains rose-cell extract to keep your lashes soft and shiny.
Available at Lane Crawford  

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara

Best for: A perfect all-rounder mascara 
If you’re after just one mascara that can be worked into your regular beauty routine, this is a good bet. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara does exactly what it promises, it features a standout formula that contains polymers to lengthen your lashes and lock the curl in place, which will stay put for 15 hours with a silky-smooth finish. The power of this mascara doesn’t stop here, it also does a decent job at separating and defining each lash without clumps.
Available at Lane Crawford

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Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

Best for: Building volume 

With an exclusive-designed “snowflakes” brush, Chanel’s best-selling mascara ensures that every single lash is coated in its quick-drying glossy formula. The black pigment is combined with a blend of waxes, which would give an instant volume while preserving the suppleness of your lashes. Just a few strokes of this mascara would give fluttery lashes perfect for daily wear, but you can also add more layers to daytime lashes for a more dramatic evening look.

Available at Nordstrom

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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Best for: Bottom lashes 

Applying mascara to your bottom lashes can be tricky—you don’t want to get any extra pigment on your freshly concealed under-eye area, and you definitely don’t want the mascara to smudge throughout the day. There’s Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara, which features a unique spherical brush to help you coat every single tiny lash easily, gracing your eyes with curly, long lashes and intense volume.  

Available at Net-a-Porter 

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