How to Find the Best Mascara for Long Thick Lashes

The right mascara will give you healthy-looking lashes.
The right mascara will give you healthy-looking lashes. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

If dislike your short, stick-straight eyelashes, improve their look with mascara that makes them appear longer and thicker. The best mascara for long, thick lashes may also add drama to your eyes by conditioning lashes to keep them healthier and more lustrous.

Look for a lengthening mascara to give you the look of long, thick lashes. These formulas coat eyelash tips that would ordinarily go unseen with cellulose or synthetic fibers to extend the length.

Check the applicator. The best mascaras for long, thick lashes often come with unusual-looking applicators, such as a row of short bristles or a soft tuft of bristles, to grip your lashes from the roots.

Look for a mascara formula that features silicone polymers to make your eyelashes look fuller. These thickening mascaras are designed to add thickness without clumping into the dreaded "spider eyes." If you do experience a little clumping, run a dry mascara wand through your lashes immediately after applying the mascara to remove the excess.

Consider a curling mascara to create long, thick lashes with additional lift. In addition to giving the appearance of longer lashes, curling formulas shape your lashes and hold the curl once the mascara dries. Effective products are protein-based, to curve and lengthen lashes without turning them dry and brittle.

Use mascara designed to condition your eyelashes if you've been using waterproof mascara that's caused your eyelashes to dry and break. Ingredients like vitamin B-5 or vitamin E help lengthen eyelashes and keep them supple while adding length and volume.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider using a mascara primer first to get the best results from the best mascara for long thick lashes. The product will coat and separate your lashes, giving the mascara more to cling to.

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