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Sometimes you just want a subtle look to bring out your lashes, and other times you really want to bring on the drama. For the latter days—and nights—skip the falsies and break out a volumizing mascara. Forget subtlety—go for a mascara that delivers a full fan of fringe. Depending on the level of drama you're after, there a few different volumizing options, so we rounded them all up for you.
These are the top volumizing mascaras that cover every price point and intensity level.
Best Overall: Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara
Warning: People may not believe you when you say you’re not wearing false eyelashes—this mascara is that good. The award-winning formula knows how to bring on the volume and drama. It makes lashes look incredibly full, yet it never clumps or flakes. The formula’s secret weapon is the triple-film complex that coats every single lash with a film to make it curl and keep it in place for a long time. Non-drying, the formula is infused with B5 pro-vitamin to instantly deepen, darken and thicken lashes.
Best Budget: CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara
This award-winning fan favorite is not for wallflowers. It creates full, fanned out lashes with its wand that has super short bristles to catch every hair, delivering 400% more volume. For maximum effect, twirl the brush as you swipe it through your lashes for a major look. Then use the comb side to separate and define. Your fringe will look glossy black and glorious.
Best Drugstore: L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara
The wavy wand boasts 200 bristles to ensure that no lash is left behind, coating every single one for full, feathery lashes. The formula contains extra black pigments for a bold look that’s all about length and volume. It only takes one coat for a full fringe effect.
Best Classic: Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara
This mascara has achieved cult-like status, and it's easy to see why. It masters unbeatable length, fullness, curl, and overall lash happiness. Byrdie editors agree that this formula encourages curl and staves off limp fringe come midday, and when it's layered on top of the lash-fattening primer, super-charged volume quickly arrives.
Best Curling: Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara
When you want a noticeably full fringe, reach for the Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara. It majorly lengthens, volumizes and helps lashes hold a curl, and you can add multiple coats without lashes looking clumpy or spidery. The long-lasting, flake-free, smudge-proof formula contains trehalose and peach leaf extract to condition and moisturize. The brush is shaped like a hook to curl and separate lashes and the bristles are packed all over to grab even the tiniest lashes.
Best Lengthening: Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara
This mascara is literally out of this world. Developed with space technology, it contains aero-space particles to defy gravity so that it won’t weigh down your long, voluminous lashes. Just one swipe wears for a full 36 hours and its brush is made to reach from corner to corner of your upper and lower lashes for 360-degree reach. You can coat on a few layers of the water-resistant, smudge-proof mascara for extra drama, plus it’s infused with ProVitamin B5 to thicken and strengthen.
Best Natural: Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara
After just two coats, this lengthening and curling mascara promises 23 times more lash volume. The soft-flex brush with hundreds of bristles and light-as-air triple-black formula raise lashes at the roots and fans them out for fluttery lashes sans clumping and flaking. The formula is infused with jojoba to moisturize, strengthen and protect lashes, as well as carnauba wax for lengthening, volumizing, and a smooth application.
Best for Fullness: Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara
This mascara's groove leaves the perfect amount of formula along your lashes to lift them out and up with each swipe. The tiny bristles capture every single hair to coat it from root to tip with the shiny formula. You’re left with fluttery, voluptuous lashes that are curled, separated and lengthened.
Best for Drama: Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
This is one of the most famous volumizing mascaras in the industry, and one of Byrdie senior editor Hallie's absolute favorites). It delivers falsie-esque volume in as little as two coats. The brush is super thick and delicious, the formula intensely creamy (so you also feel like you're doing parched lashes a favor), and it delivers a dramatic finish you didn't know you could achieve from a mascara. If volume is what you want, this is one of the best formulas, and you absolutely need it in your collection.
Best Innovation: Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara
Just when you thought you'd seen it all as far as impressively unexpected ingredients go in the beauty world, Milk Makeup went ahead and blessed us with cannabis oil–infused mascara. The secret kick? Turns out, the trending wellness ingredient makes for killer volume and megawatt kush. A little goes a long way, and despite the supersize brush, you're able to coat each and every lash without weighing them down. Plus, the packaging is about as chic as it comes.