Despite the fact that my shoebox apartment is chock-full of cosmetics (Marie Kondo would probably be appalled), there's really only one makeup product I can't live without: a super-volumizing mascara. Although the market is saturated with offerings — all of which promise to deliver next-level thickness and definition — I'll be the first to admit that my standards are high when it comes to my lashes, and finding the best volumizing mascaras of 2019 is no easy feat.
I'm of the belief that a quick swipe of mascara can change your entire look. Running off five hours of sleep? Mascara. Snoozed your alarm and late for work? Mascara. It's the quickest and (arguably) the easiest beauty hack in the game. That said, not all mascaras are created equal. I've tried more formulas than I'd like to admit — some great, some not so great, and some rather questionable.
Though everyone has different needs when it comes to mascara, mine are fairly specific. I'm lucky that my lashes are naturally long and curled, but I usually require some assistance when it comes to volume and definition. I don't wear eyeliner or eyeshadow, so I like my eyelashes to be the focal point of my makeup look. Easier said than done, right?
After searching high and low for my match made in mascara heaven, I discovered 10 formulas that meet my expectations and then some. Including new releases from cult-favorite brands like Tarte and Dior, as well as drugstore steals, there's something for everyone in my mascara lineup. Whether you're looking for dramatic lashes to accompany your Friday night smoky eye, or just a simple no-frills formula for day-to-day wear, I've got you covered.
Ahead, the 10 best volumizing mascaras on the market right now, tested and approved by yours truly.
Best For: Clump-Free Volume
Best For: Versatility
I *always* find myself coming back to this drugstore pick from L'Oréal Paris. The double-sided wand reminds me of something I would have used in high school, but boy does it deliver. The primer is solid enough to use on its own for daytime coverage, but it also layers beautifully with the mascara for a bolder look.
Best For: Sweat-Proof Coverage
I've never considered myself a waterproof mascara person, but Milk Makeup's newest rendition of its cult-favorite KUSH Mascara has swayed me. One swipe of the cannabis seed oil-formula leaves lashes with all-over volume that truly stays put. I anticipate this becoming my go-to during New York’s sweaty summer season.