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How To: Build a Mascara Wardrobe

Given that there are exactly one zillion mascaras out there to choose from, the selection process can be rather overwhelming. Luckily, we've become well acquainted with the mascara game and know that specific occasions call for specific wands and formulas. From the office to a wedding to the beach to a hot date, we've got your lashes covered.

The “No-Makeup” Look

Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara
Why it rocks: Although we love a dramatic lash for night, the office calls for something a bit more subtle, like this staple-worthy mascara by Clinique. Not only does the gel-based formula keep top and bottom lashes looking fresh and clean for hours, but it also lengthens and defines with a clump-free sheen. Two coats is all you need, so be sure to let coats dry in-between applications to avoid flaking.

Special Event

Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara
Why it rocks: With all of the summer festivities filling up your calendar, it's time to invest in a lash showstopper. This mascara dresses the part. Not only does it come in a flashy tube, but the wand also features a unique shapely brush inspired by Dior's tiered couture gowns—really! The formula contains an exclusive powder and flashy fibers that plump and define lashes without leaving behind a sticky residue or pesky flakes. We'll toast to that!

Fun in the Sun

FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen Mascara
Why it rocks: Tiny fibers on this mascara brush attach to your lashes to elongate and thicken like magic. Another bonus? The formula is water-resistant and the unique curved brush with three spherical sections is so special, it's patented in Japan! To get the most out of this lash-defining feature, start with the middle ball and gently wiggle the wand back and forth as you curl your lashes upwards, then use the tip of the wand to extend target areas, such as the outer corners.

Out on the Town

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara
Why it rocks: If you're looking to flash fierce and flirty lashes, this is your go-to. We love the famously big brush with precision bristles that ensure every single lash is given some extra special LVC (length, volume, curl). And the lift is beyond brilliant; if this mascara were an undergarment, it would definitely be a push-up bra.

Bonus Round: Dynamic Duo

Lancôme Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara + Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Why they rock: Although most of our favorite mascaras work wonders on their own, sometimes we opt to combine specific wands for added drama. For mega-thick, doll-like lashes, we recommend applying two coats of Lancôme's Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara to the tops and then adding two coats of Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara to the bottoms. To kick things up a notch, use the dainty, clump-resistant Clinique wand to dramatically define the outer corners of top lashes even further!

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