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10 Of The Best Lengthening Mascaras For Longer Lashes

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Raise your hand if you’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time in pursuit of a mascara that A. actually lengthens your lashes, B. does so without leaving said lashes looking crunchy and heavy and C. does all of the above without leaving panda-worthy smudges under the eyes. Thought so. And then, of course, there's D. gives you the sort of wide-eyed, long-lashed effect last seen in grainy photos of '60s style icons. The search for a mascara that adds the requisite length and definition to even the shortest of lashes can be a tricky one – so tricky, in fact, that we’ve come to regard the words ‘false lash effect’ with extreme suspicion whenever we see them emblazoned on a tube of make-up - we've been burned by those sweet nothings before. It’s become an industry cliché that every other new mascara that launches on the scene will claim lengthening properties to rival those of a set of falsies, but after extensive testing (and testing, and yet more testing), we've come to the sort-of scientific conclusion that that's very rarely the case.

Take a moment of appreciation, then, for the mascaras that actually _do_ raise the stakes when it comes to longer, more defined lashes (because yes, they really do exist - you just have to look a little harder for them). In our product edit below, you'll find lengthening mascaras to suit a range of budgets, from purse-friendly drugstore formulas to the investment buys you won't regret (we promise), via cult favourites, future classics (here's looking at you, Glossier Lash Slick) and ones that will give your lashes a voluminising boost, too. If you're a true mascara connoisseur, you doubtless already have a preference for either fibre brushes or the newer plastic wands: we've covered both bases. Go forth and chase those longer lashes...

Grazia edit: the very best lengthening mascaras