Makeup Artists Say These Are the Best Lengthening Mascaras, Period

To be completely honest, I pretty much consider myself a connoisseur where mascara is concerned. After all, it was the first beauty product that I ever experimented (and subsequently fell in love) with, and my perpetual quest to discover the quintessential formula and application cocktail has remained unwavering. Another constant: my addiction to length. Yes, buxom volume and luxe, super-saturated pigment are vital. But IMHO, sleek, stretched-out lashes are what truly make or break a mascara’s potential to reach its fluttering, oh-so-feminine potential. Ya feel? Plus, it’s one of the only products that are consistently wearable and appropriate. From a 9 a.m. board meeting to 12 p.m. tacos to that 7 o’clock blind Bumble date, a lengthening mascara is always the ultimate beauty accessory.

And while there are now plenty of wand-less products on the market promising sky-high lashes (think extensions, falsies, and lash-enhancing serums), I love the glamorous feeling of coating my fringe with an ample dose of lengthening mascara—plus, it requires significantly less maintenance. It’s by far the most satisfying (and time-consuming) step in my makeup routine, and scouring the web for the very best formulas has become a weekly, if not daily, habit. Yes, it’s a bit of an obsession, but hey, there are worse things to be addicted to, right? So when my lovely managing editor, Lindsey Metrus, asked me to gather some expert intel (via some of the best makeup artists in the industry) regarding the best lengthening mascaras that money can buy, I happily obliged.

Keep scrolling for a list of the very best lengthening mascaras, according to makeup artists.

And since lips and lashes go hand in hand, read our editor-approved lineup of the very best lip balms for fall.