The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras Because You're All Set Up Top

3 different mascaras

Byrdie / Cristina Cianci

So, we have a love-hate relationship with bottom lashes. Wearing mascara is a commitment in itself, but applying a formula to our lower lid is a whole other ball game. The smudging and smearing that inevitably happen do not do lower lashes justice, with runny mascara quickly turning into what we'll affectionately call raccoon eyes. It tends to happen most frequently after a long day or a night out, then you catch yourself in the mirror and realize all the mascara on your lower lashes has fallen underneath your eyes and created the unsightly look of dark circles. (It's okay, though—we've all been there.) But the payoff when lower lashes are done right? Unparalleled.

To avoid this dreaded scenarios, it's best to stick with waterproof, non-budge mascaras that can stand the test of time under any conditions. Still, applying mascara to your lower lashes is an art form, and most of the work comes from the brush. To make things easier in your journey to find the best bottom-lash mascara (or two) for you, we've rounded up seven that are proven to treat both sets of your lashes right. After all, your lower lashes need love too.

The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras: Pixi Beauty Lower Lash Mascara
Pixi by Petra Lower Lash Mascara $11

When it comes to applying mascara to your lower lashes, the trick is in the brush. What makes this Pixi mascara (made specifically for your bottom lashes) so amazing is its super-precise, teeny-tiny brush. This stick-thin applicator makes applying mascara to your baby lashes a breeze. Not to mention its beeswax and carnauba wax formula, which nourishes your lashes and keeps the smudging at bay.

The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras: Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara
Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara $28

If the name of this hardworking mascara doesn't convince you this stuff is the truth, I'm not sure what will. According to the brand, your lashes will look good for 15 hours because of this product's Smudge-Shield Technology, which can withstand heat and humidity.

To avoid any mishaps, it's best to stick with a mascara that doesn't move. "Double wear," "zero smudge," and "lengthening" are all keywords to look out for when coating your lower lashes.

The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras: Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara $32

Lower lashes are super-fine, so it takes a precise brush to work its magic in order to evenly separate, curl, and define each lash. This holy-grail Chanel mascara delivers that and more with its uniquely shaped applicator. It's also waterproof, so it'll lock your lashes in place for hours on end.

The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras: By Terry Mascara Terrybly Waterproof Serum Mascara
By Terry Terrybly Waterproof Mascara $48

This innovative, serum-based mascara fits the bottom-lashes bill. Just one coat will give you glossy, lifted lashes. If you're into the falsie effect in a flash, this mascara is for you. The brush carries just enough mascara to volumize your lashes from the root to the tip in seconds. Plus, it's waterproof, which is the secret weapon when it comes to smudge-free bottom lashes.

The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras: La-Roche Posay Respectissime Waterproof Mascara for Sensitive Eyes
La-Roche Posay Toleriane Waterproof Mascara $25

I haven't turned back since the moment I converted to this drugstore gem. I only have about 30 seconds to apply my mascara during my rushed mornings, and this formula never fails me. The waterproof formula gives my bottom lashes the ultimate boost, and the gentle, fragrance-free formula is specifically made for sensitive eyes. Translation: You won't have to worry about it making you cry.

The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara $12

This brush was crafted to offer exactly what your bottom lashes need: fast-working precision. It's compact enough to grasp your lashes with no clumping involved. Plus, how can you beat the price point?

The Best Bottom-Lash Mascaras: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara $25

We have a warm place in our hearts for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. It's a cult favorite for a reason, and this waterproof version lives up to its reputation. For a night out, when you want your bottom lashes to up your selfie game, reach for this water-resistant formula that won't smear after a long night.

With these seven options, you'll never have to fear applying mascara to your lower lashes again.

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