From lengthening to curling, there are myriad mascara options out there to satisfy every desired finish. If your end goal is lots of length and volume with zero risk of smudging, turn your attention to the new crop of tubing mascaras. Unlike traditional mascaras that coat the lashes in pigment, tubing mascaras contain micro-fibres (or polymers) that wrap around your lashes to create a ‘tube’ of pigment. Once set, these liquid tubes don’t budge or smudge.
What are the benefits of tubing mascaras?
‘Regular mascara, although it can be layered for volume, tends to run and flake throughout the day,’ says Nick Lujan, Director of Artistry & Education and Global MUA at Kevyn Aucoin, ‘whereas tubing mascara is typically long-wearing, stays put and can easily build volume.’
The major bonus of a tubing mascara (and the reason why we’re completely hooked) is the removal process. Rather than rubbing and tugging the mascara off with lots of micellar water, for a tubing mascara all you need is warm water to break down the formula allowing it to slide off in clumps. ‘This is one of the best benefits of the mascara,’ says Nick, ‘no more of that morning after smoky eye look.’
Plus, because they're so simple to remove, tubing mascaras are often a great option for those with sensitive eyes.
If you’re keen to give one a whirl (and Nick assures us everyone needs to try it), shop from our curated edit of the best tubing mascaras available to buy now…
Shop: The 7 Best Tubing Mascaras Available To Buy Now
Best Tubing Mascaras 2021 - Grazia
Featuring a slightly curved, skinny brush that expertly separates and lifts lashes - this is the best everyday tubing mascara for an ultra-natural fluttery finish.
The OG tubing mascara, Kevyn Aucoin's Volume Mascara has the perfect sized brush to catch those hard-to-reach lashes and can be easily built up for lots of drama.
Blended with Provitamin B5, the flexible formula not only lengthens lashes to rival falsies but it conditions and hydrates them, too.
Not for the faint-hearted, this big bristled brush delivers volume and drama in a single sweep. Expect a full fringe of sooty black lashes.
For impressive staying power at a purse-friendly price point, turn your eye to the No7 Stay Perfect Mascara. The tubing formula is sweat-proof and smudge-proof.
This waterproof tubing mascara lengthens even the tiniest lashes, thanks to its unique tapered brush. It's also fragrance-free and safe for sensitive eyes.
For dark and defined lashes, give this cult classic a whirl. The lightweight formula contains an intense black pigment to create a rich, carbon black finish.