16 must-have mascara favorites

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Benefit Bad Gal Lash

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ELLE editors weigh in on their go-to mascaras for volume, drama, and length. See which ones they can't live without.


Benefit Bad Gal Lash; $19; macys.com

"This gives mega-long, mega-thick lashes that don't look clumpy."

—April Long, Executive Beauty Editor.











Blinc Mascara

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Blinc Mascara; $26; dermastore.com

"I have super fine lashes that fall out at the slightest touch. Blinc mascara doesn't clump or smear, and rinses away so easily at the end of the day."

—Emily Dougherty, Beauty Director.




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Diorshow Mascara

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Diorshow Mascara; $25; sephora.com

"This is everyone's favorite for a reason. It goes on smooth, doesn't flake, or clump, and lasts forever."

—Krista Soriano, ELLE.com Articles Editor.















Dolce & Gabbana Secret Eyes Mascara

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Dolce & Gabbana Secret Eyes Mascara; $29; saksfifthavenue.com

"While other formulas separate my long sparse lashes into severe spikes, Dolce & Gabbana Secret Eyes defines and densifies each individual lash. My current tube is practically gone, but I still comb out the little bit left with my dry wand."

—Julie Schott, Assistant Beauty Editor.










Urban Decay Mascara

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Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara; $20; sephora.com

"This mascara not only lengthens and defines, but the growth-serum infused formula has made my lashes noticeably longer and fuller. Talk about a win-win."

—Janna Johnson O'Toole, Senior Beauty Editor.














Eyeko Mascara

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Eyeko Curvy Brush Mascara; $19; nordstrom.com

"This mascara is like false lashes in a tube—no glue required!"

—Krista Soriano, ELLE.com Articles Editor.














Pixi Large Lash Mascara

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Pixi Large Lash Mascara; $18; target.com

"This mascara gives me mega-volume without flaking and getting all over my face. I love layering a few coats of it on for a dramatic yet natural everyday look."

—Taylor Barringer, ELLE.com Beauty Editor.




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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara; $19; sephora.com

"This is my go-to daytime mascara. It's really light, doesn't get too heavy or sticky and makes my lashes look long and separated."

—Lauren Levinson, ELLE.com Fashion News Editor.














Benefit They're Real! Mascara

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Benefit They're Real! Mascara; $23; bloomingdales.com

"I've talked to complete strangers about how fabulous this mascara is. It really delivers on the idea of making lashes so lush, black, and long."

—Leah Melby, ELLE.com Market Editor.














Hourglass Film Noir Mascara

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Hourglass Film Noir Mascara; $28; sephora.com

"When I want to really amp it up, I layer a couple of coats of this mascara on. It's blacker than black, doesn't flake, and seperates my lashes all while making them longer and more voluminous."

—Taylor Barringer, ELLE.com Beauty Editor




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Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara

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Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara; $25; neimanmarcus.com

"This mascara adds major drama! It literally coats your lashes for added volume and LOTS of length. The wand is small but packs major power!"

—Lauren Levinson, ELLE.com Fashion News Editor.













Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara

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Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express Mascara; $6.40; amazon.com

"I've tried EVERY mascara under the sun and this is the one that gives me the most volume. I have length (yeah yeah, no complaints!) but am in dire need of volume. This works wonders—and you can buy a tube for every purse!"

—Amina Akhtar, ELLE.com Executive Editor.












Lancôme Hypnôse Volume Mascara

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Lancôme Hypnôse Volume Mascara; $27; nordstrom.com

"Since its release, this one has claimed top spot in my makeup bag. The brush shape makes getting at my lashes from all angles easy."

—Leah Melby, ELLE.com Market Editor.














Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara

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Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara; $20; macys.com

"The ultimate waterproof mascara. It's soft and buildable, and doesn't make your lashes crispy like other waterproof formulas. Plus it DOES NOT BUDGE."

—April Long, Executive Beauty Editor.




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L'Oréal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

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L'Oréal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara; $9.95; drugstore.com

"This gives my lashes just the right amount of oomph without ever flaking or smudging throughout the day."

—Janna Johnson O'Toole, Senior Beauty Editor.















Clinique High Impact Mascara

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Clinique High Impact Mascara; $19; nordstrom.com

"I like Clinique High Impact for everyday. Plus is washes off nicely—no raccoon eyes!"

—Deanne Kaczerski, ELLE.com Director.




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