The 7 Best Water-Based Mascaras to Keep Your Lash Extensions Intact

As a recent convert to lash extensions, one of the things I oddly miss in my makeup routine is using mascara; there's something therapeutic about brushing lashes that calmed me as I got ready in the morning. As any lash expert will tell you, you must try to avoid using mascara to make your extensions last as long as possible. But if you're desperately wanting to add volume and color to them, turn to water-based mascaras.

"It is the only type that is safe to use with lash extensions," says celebrity makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen. "An oil-based mascara would break down the glue and loosen the extensions."

So what exactly is a water-based mascara? "Water-based mascaras are free of added oils and are a neutral pH, which also means they are chemical-free," says celebrity makeup artist Lisa Aharon.

They also have a lot of benefits other than being lash extension– and false lash–friendly. "Water-based mascaras contain fewer additives and chemicals than most mascaras, which usually are easier to wear for people with sensitive or people with allergic reactions to eyes," says celebrity makeup artist Robert Sesnek. "It [also] removes easily and quickly and dries faster than an oil-based/waterproof mascara, but it may take more coats to lengthen and build and have to be reapplied more often."

We asked several makeup artists to share with us their favorite water-based mascara, and we also picked a few of our own. Scroll down to see what they are.