There's been a relatively controversial theory swirling around the beauty world lately, suggesting that after a seemingly never-ending reign, brows would be taking a backseat to a new superstar of the face. The successor? Lashes.
From lash extensions and lift treatments to strengthening conditioners and the good-old false lash approach, the trend has only picked up momentum recently. Add to that the co-sign of none other than legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath — who in a backstage interview with Fashionista confirmed brows had indeed "taken a back seat" — and there's really no other evidence necessary.
But for anyone looking for the same sky-high length and definition that any temporary procedure or elaborate solution would provide without having to invest serious cash (or time), finding the right fiber mascara will do just the trick.
"Lengthening mascaras have fibers in them that bond to the ends of the lashes to make them appear longer," says Bryan Cantor, a New York City-based makeup artist who whose client list includes Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Oscar de la Renta. But fibers aren't the only key thing to look for when it comes to seeking out the ideal lengthening mascara. "Because they have fibers, a great lengthening mascara must wear well, because you don't want fibers coming loose and falling on your face throughout the day."
To help navigate the hundreds (upon hundreds!) of options on the market, we consulted several experts and did our fair share of testing to round up 13 undeniably impressive mascaras that will fill out, lengthen and strengthen shorter, fine lashes. Click through the gallery below to see them all — and maybe even add a pick or two to your makeup bag.
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