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The 10 Best Mascaras For Short Lashes

By Hannah Liddle and Rebecca Jenkinson - 1 year ago | Updated
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We all want the same thing from a mascara and that’s length. That's literally all we ask – for our lashes to be long and fabulous.

More often than not, said mascaras can be tricky to come by. Through years and years of trial and error, some may be lucky enough to find The One – well done, you – but most of us don't (*weeps into cup of tea*), and I’m guessing that’s why you’re here.

Well, we have good news: after years of searching high and low for a decent, lengthening mascara, we have finally found the go-to and have decided to take it to the internet to see who else has found some luck when searching for The One.

Here are our findings – no need to thank us.

Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara

Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara

Lift, lengthen and intensify your eyelashes all in one go with the new Lash Freak mascara from Urban Decay. This must-have formula enhances your natural peepers and gives you a long-lasting hold so your lashes look luscious for longer. Think false lashes without any of the fuss or dreaded glue.

MAC Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash Mascara Black

MAC Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash Mascara Black

This MAC mascara quite literally makes you look like you’ve just had lash extensions put in place. It creates a false lash effect without clumping your lashes or making them look too over the top, meaning you can flutter your natural lashes until your heart's content. It provides just the right amount of length and volume to create a natural-looking lash and we love it.

Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

Benefit knows a thing or two when it comes to showstopping eye makeup looks, which is exactly why they created a lash-enhancing mascara that goes the extra mile. Serving you mega length and unstoppable volume, this mascara coats each lash in a long-wearing pigment that provides a noticeably lengthened appearance.

NARS Cosmetics Climax Mascara

NARS Cosmetics Climax Mascara

It's time to throw away that lash glue and replace those false lash sets with this staple product from NARS. Ideal for achieving a naturally lengthened look, this formula takes lashes from a two to a 10 by enhancing their natural length and thickness. With one simple swish, this mascara imparts a traffic-stopping effect that dramatises your look with buildable glam.

Maybelline Mascara Lash Sensational

Maybelline Mascara Lash Sensational

Who would’ve thought that out of all of these amazing brands, my go-to mascara is a high street hottie?! This Maybelline mascara is a true tried-and-tested winner with 90% of consumer testers (myself included) saying it volumised, multiplied and captured even the tiniest of lashes. And it’s priced a whole lot cheaper than some of the other schmancy options…Winning!!

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara

Simple yet effective, this Hourglass mascara goes on super easy, doesn’t clump and still gives you the length you need to flutter your stuff. Its buildable formula means you can go both ‘daytime’ and ‘dramatic’ by adding a few more strokes to your lovely lashes.

Chantecaille Longest Eyelash Faux Cils Mascara

Chantecaille Longest Eyelash Faux Cils Mascara

Loved for its full, fluffy wand and life-proof formula, this Chantecaille mascara is your fast-pass to the fake-lash effect.

Its specially-designed wand opens up your eyes and gives your eyelashes a new lease of life whilst defining and locking your look in place. Lift those lashes in the comfort of your own home and enjoy a beautified finish like never before.

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara Excessive

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara Excessive

You want drama and Lancôme are here to provide exactly that.

Filled to the brim with a lengthening, volumising formula, this mascara works from root to tip to enhance and exaggerate your natural lashes. This luxury essential may carry a slightly more expensive price tag but the results speak for themselves. With a high-precision spoolie brush and a blacker-than-black pigment, your eyelashes are left with a false-lash effect that will keep you restocking this cult-favourite mascara.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Glossy Black

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Glossy Black

If anyone knows the secret to A-list lashes, it's Charlotte Tilbury. Loved by celebs and professional makeup artists alike, this thickening mascara is your secret weapon to achieving insta-worthy results. Combining pigment-rich ingredients with a specially tapered brush, the mascara helps you to get your hands on eyes that mesmerise.

DIOR Diorshow Mascara Buildable Professional Volume Pro

DIOR Diorshow Mascara Buildable Professional Volume Pro

Diorshow kind of speaks for itself. It’s the ultimate night-out mascara as it replicates the effects of extensions, giving you lashes that are spectacularly long and looking great from every angle. Queue the compliments.


Now you've found the perfect mascara, you need to find the perfect eyelash curler, eyeliner, eyeshadows and makeup palettes. Then make sure you check out How to do the Perfect Winged Eyeliner and How to Achieve the Perfect Smokey Eye to complete the look.

Hannah Liddle

Written by Hannah Liddle

Hannah has worked as a writer for over four years and knows beauty, skincare and makeup like the back of her hand.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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