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6 Must-Have Mascaras

Find the best mascara for your lashes.

Arguably the most powerful tool in any gal’s beauty arsenal, mascara has the power to take your look from groggy to gorgeous in just a few swipes. There are more than just a few to choose from out there, and it can be very hard to know which you should stock your makeup bag with. I mean, really, what makes a great mascara? Let’s start by stating the obvious. It should always: volumize, lengthen, darken, and separate. It should never: flake, smudge, fade, or clump (unless, of course, that’s the look you’re going for). Now that we’ve got that covered, how do you know which do what they’re supposed to and don’t do what they’re not? Well, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve tested everything the beauty counters have to offer and found the best-in-class picks for helping you get the look you’re going for—doe-eyed and demure to smokey and alluring.

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