For many women, mascara is just one of those can’t-live-without products. Even if you don’t wear any other eye makeup, you can instantly draw attention to and define your eyes. Add some lipgloss or lipstick, and you can be out the door in less than five minutes while still looking put together.
The trouble with mascara, though, is that there are so many available options, which makes it difficult to choose the right one for your lashes. If your eyelashes are sparse and you want a full, fluttery look, you want a volumizing formula that makes them appear thicker and fuller.
There are plenty of volumizing mascaras on the market, but there are a few key features to look for when you’re shopping. Choose a mascara the features a brush with regular bristles instead of plastic ones and choose a large, wide brush head to get the most dramatic fullness. When you’re applying the mascara, position the brush right at the roots of your lashes and wiggle it forward to the ends for the fullest, most volumized look.
If you’re not sure where to start in your hunt for the perfect volumizing mascara, here are six of the best options when you want full, thick lashes in an instant.
bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara
The bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara contains Bare Escentuals’ exclusive NutriPlump formula to boost your lashes’ volume up to 600 percent for a dramatically full, fluttery look. It’s available in two shades: classic Black and the softer Espresso. $18 at Bare Escentuals.
Cover Girl LashBlast Volume Mascara
Cover Girl’s LashBlash Volume Mascara gives you lush, full lashes in an instant. The key is its patent-pending brush that is designed to coat each and every lash for dramatic thickness. The formula is hypoallergenic and safe for contact lens wearers too. It’s available in four shades: Very Black, Black, Black Brown, and Brown. $8.99 at Ulta.
Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
Lancome’s Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara is ideal for occasions when you want bold, dramatic lashes. The formula can create high volume lashes with just one coat, and the full contact brush features an S-shape curve that grabs and loads each lash for a fluttery, eye-catching look. It’s available in one shade, Excessive Black. $27 at Sephora.
Maybelline Volum’Express The Mega Plush Mascara
Maybelline’s Volum’Express The Mega Plush Mascara is a gel-mousse formula so it contains 40 percent less hard waxes than traditional mascaras for thick, fluttery lashes. Its unique brush is also flexible, which means you can be sure to coat each and every lash. It’s available in three shades: Blackest Black, Brownish Black, and Very Black. $5.99 at Target.
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara
Laura Mercier’s Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara can really do it all — not only does it volumize your lashes, it can help curl and lengthen them too. Its innovate bristled bullet-shape brush applies the cotton fiber-infused formula for maximum volume, while keeping lashes supple and fluttery all day long. It’s available in a classic Black shade. $24 at Sephora.
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
L’Oreal Paris’ Voluminous Butterfly Mascara is the ideal option when you want soft, fluttery with tons of volume. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush helps extend and lift the outer corner of your lashes for a winged out effect, while depositing plenty of mascara at the roots for bold volume. The formula also contains Cocoon Fibers than wrap around lashes for full, dramatic thickness.It’s available in three shades: Black, Black Brown, and Blackest Black. $8.99 at Ulta.