The Best High Street Mascaras — For Every Need

Mascara is one of the major workhorses in our makeup routine — and there is truly a tube out there for everyone. Whether you're a fan of major volume or are looking for a formula that will leave you completely clump-free, a girl can be pretty particular about what she coats her lashes with (whether that's a black, brown or even a coloured mascara). But what if you're looking to save some cash in the mascara department? Are there formulas that won't totally break your bank?
Luckily, the answer is a resounding "yes!" Ahead, we've rounded up the top mascaras – for just about every need. Click through and find your soulmate in a tube. Your lashes will thank you.
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Lengthening

Revlon’s new lengthening mascara has a fibre formula that helps to extend each lash as you glide through them with the brush, yet that exact formula also makes it easy to build on said lashes. The plush blush also helps with volume for super flirty, long lashes.

Revlon Super Length Mascara, £9.99, available at Boots.
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No 7's brush has three different sides — to make sure every single lash gets some loving.

No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara, £11.50, available at Boots.
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Clinique's mascara is richly pigmented, so it clings to lashes, making them appear longer and fuller. Give the brush a little wiggle as you work it up for maximum benefit.

Clinique High Impact Mascara, £18, available at Clinique.
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The name says it all. Almay's Get Up & Grow not only lengthens, but its conditioning formula helps strengthen your lashes over time. Not too shabby.

Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara, £10.99, available at Vitamin Grocer.
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Think you can't get much for under £5? E.L.F.'s mascara will give you long lashes for less.

e.l.f. Lengthening & Defining Mascara, £3, available at e.l.f.
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Waterproof

Maybelline's The Rocket mascara is a classic for a reason. Its densely packed plastic bristles make it super-easy to coat every single lash with a layer of its volumising formula. Add a little waterproof action into the mix, and your mascara won't be going anywhere — whether you're sweating it up at the gym or trudging through a rainstorm.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara, £7.99, available at Boots.
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All hail Iman and her brand's Volumise Mascara. The bristles lift, separate, and never leave lashes stuck together.

Iman Cosmetics Volumize Mascara, £13.95, available at Iman Cosmetics
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Volumising

Any mascara with the name Doll Eye has got to give your lashes a serious volume boost, right? And that's just what Nyx's formula does — at a very pretty price.

NYX Professional Makeup Doll Eye Mascara, £8, available at NYX
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Those of you who dig clumpy lashes will love Maybelline's Colossal Spider Effect mascara. The unique plastic-bristle brush combs through lashes and deposits hefty amounts of product, which immediately beefs up limp hairs.

Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara, £7.99, available at Superdrug.
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For those of us who adore wet mascaras that are almost too goopy on the wand, this is stuff of magic. Whether you have long or short lashes, this not only volumises them, but also makes them look darker.

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara, available at Feel Unique.
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Thickening

Haven't tried Great Lash yet? You're missing out. There's a reason this lash-bulking formula is a favourite among pros.

Pro tip: To harness the tried-and-true formula with an added bonus, try the Lots of Lashes version — it has a bigger brush!

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, available at Superdrug.
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This fluffy brush creates fluttering lashes that won't sag or fall throughout the day. Plus, the formula can be layered for serious drama.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, available at Superdrug.
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Conditioning

This mascara does such a stellar job of separating and defining lashes, that we would be happy if that were its only trick. But it also contains conditioners geared to help lashes grow, too.

Kiko Milano 30 Days Extension Daily Treatment Mascara, available at Kiko Milano.
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