Best mascaras 2022: For length, volume, curl and more

When it comes to make-up products that we just can't live without, the best mascara is top of the list. Whether you’re in need of a volume boost, a false lash effect or just a lengthier look, there’s a mascara for that.

Sometimes, finding the perfect mascara that stays in place all day and doesn’t leave your lashes looking flakey and clumpy can be a real task.

In a bid to find the best of the bunch, the OK! beauty team and our Real Beauty Club testers have been trying out the latest curling, lifting and volumising formulas in a bid to find those that are worth parting with your pennies. These are the proud few that truly call themselves the best mascara buys on the market right now…

The best mascaras to try in 2022

YSL Beauty Lash Clash Mascara, £28 here

Promises a collision of high volume and super black pigments, delivered by a super-sized conical brush.

Real Beauty tester Deirdre says: “Goes on easily with no dreaded clumping. It dries quickly and gives a dramatic boost, making lashes look much thicker but also quite natural. People said “Your eyelashes look good!” It’s long lasting – didn’t run, even when I was out all day and into the evening. I’d buy it, I’m very impressed.” 5/5

Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara, £19 here

From Selena Gomez’s new make-up range, this dual-length brush and jet-black formula offers A-list lashes.

Beauty writer Lucy says: “I don’t usually like volumising mascaras. I have quite sparse lashes and so these formulas tend to clump them all together, leaving me with a few very chunky lashes – not the look I’m after. But this one is different. When I wear it my lashes look lengthened and thickened but not claggy, and it’s taken the place of my usual “ride or die” mascara. The formula is really buildable, so you can amp it up for evening wear, and it feels velvety soft while wearing.” 5/5

Avon Legendary Lengths Mascara, £9 here

Beauty editor Laura says: 'I love this one's firm silicone brush as it allows me to wiggle right into the base of my lashes and push them upwards, and the mascara's fairly dry texture clings to the hairs like a magnet. Unlike fibre-filled formulas, this won't add extra extensions, but instead emphasises every last millimetre, creating length that you never knew you had. Remarkably, it doesn't transfer onto my upper eyelids either, with I often find with lengthening formulas. It gives decent volume too, although does get a bit clumpy if you start packing on the layers.' 4/5

Trinny London Lash2Brow, £28 here

Designed to be a smart space saver for your handbag, this double-ender has a mascara at one end and a brow perfector at the other.

Real Beauty tester Danielle says: “The packaging is fabulous! The mascara glides on with the angled brush and elongates each lash. Lashes were coated evenly and were separated and looked great. The mascara didn't smudge throughout the day, as long as I only used one coat, and the brow gel is great for filling gaps and keeping the eyebrows in shape.” 5/5

Milk Makeup Rise Mascara, £24 here

Features a “lash-wrap” technology with four vegan waxes that bind to lashes for lift and curl.

Real Beauty Debbie says: “My first reaction was ‘Wow!’ After years of having false lashes, nothing ever compares until I met this. It lifts my lashes – they look longer and no clumping – and it feels so light. I love this mascara! It really worked to lengthen my lashes and add some volume. I wondered why this comes with a rubber band round it but realised it stops it rolling off the dressing table and makes it easy to find in my bag – bonus!” 5/5

Diego Dalla Palma MyHappyToy Mascara, £24 here

A lot of – ahem – buzz over this cheekily-shaped joy. Claims instant gratification plus thicker, stronger lashes after 30 days.

Real Beauty tester Cheryl says: As a Barbie fan in my younger years I was always going to love the bright pink packaging, and the name and shape made me smile! Despite the fun packaging, this is a quality product. The curved head delivers a generous amount of product, giving a thicker, false lash effect. No obvious clumping and my lashes looked longer and curled.” 4/5

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara, £9.99 here

The original Maybelline’s Sky High Mascara is officially the nation’s favourite, with users claiming this lash-lifting formula makes their eyes look better than their usual luxury mascara. It has just launched as a waterproof version, for brow-skimming lashes that won’t smudge.

Laura says: "The whole world and his mate seems to love the original Sky High, but – controversial opinion alert – I took a while to warm to it, usually favouring volume over lift and length. But a few wears later, and I'm happy to stand corrected – I now love the wide-eyed, eyebrow-skimming effect it has on my lashes. To be honest, I find that the non-waterproof version is pretty smudge-proof anyway (and certainly requires some work to remove), but I'll be keeping this on hand for extreme situations." 4/5

NARS Climax Extreme Mascara, £22 here

NARS has taken its best-selling Climax mascara to thrilling new levels, with more volume than ever, less chance of smudging and an even deeper colour of black.

Lynne says: "This mascara might be called Climax but it’s far more about faking it. It hits all the sweet spots – masses of volume from a single coat, lashings of length, midnight black pigment – to reach a spine-tingling false lash effect. I’ll be coming to this one again and again." 5/5

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