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Forget Lash Extensions. Go For These Lengthening Mascaras Instead

The long and short of it.

If you have lashes that are short and somewhat sparse but want long, luscious lashes, lash extensions are a great solution. The treatment will instantly give you the lashes you want and even ensure all your #iwokeuplikethis selfies are on point.

But lash extensions can also be quite high maintenance: you have to use an oil-free eye makeup remover, be gentle with your eyes and make sure you never skip a touch-up session… which can be quite expensive.

So if you’re not into lash extensions or don’t like wearing false eyelashes on an everyday basis, the next best thing is to pick up one of these mascaras that will lengthen and volumise your lashes, giving you the ultimate faux lash look.

This article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara, $39
This waterproof mascara is formulated to do it all – lengthen, curl and volumise. Its unique brush has two sides, a “fat side” to lift lashes for the ultimate curl, and a “flat side” to define and add volume. Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, $46
The tapered brush head of this mascara allows you to reach tiny lashes at the inner corners of the eyes. The buildable formula also allows you to coat lashes without the worry of clumping. Pat Mcgrath Labs Fetisheyes Mascara, $44
This lash-conditioning mascara contains peptides and panthenol to strengthen and hydrate lashes while helping to achieve runway-worthy lashes. Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Lash Rays Mascara, $76
The ideal mascara to pack for a beach holiday, this waterproof mascara lasts throughout the day without caking or clumping but will come off easily with warm water. Plus it has lash-filling powders that help coat lashes for more voluminous lashes. Clinique CliniqueFIT Workout 24-Hour Mascara, $39
The skinny applicator makes reaching the tiniest lashes a breeze. Plus, the brush has a four-sided obelisk shape that deposits the optimal amount of product without weighing lashes down. And that’s not all: this mascara uses Advance Thermal Technology to ensure that the product doesn’t smudge or fade for 24 hours even when there are sweat and humidity. Cle de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara, $73
The sumptuous creamy formula and curved brush applicator ensure that each and every eyelash is coated evenly in just one coat. The weightless mascara volumises, lengthens, and curls the lashes perfectly all day long that result in beautifully framed eyes. Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Mascara, $45
With a tight-toothed brush applicator, this mascara is designed to grip lashes at their base and comb through to thicken, lengthen, curl and separate each one of them. Factor in its Flex Control Complex and you get the ideal formula to keep lashes fluttery and well-separated all day long. Nars Climax Mascara, $42
While the brush is on the larger side, the bristles are uniquely designed to coat lashes with just the right amount of product with each layer, so you can build lash volume effortlessly without worrying about clumping or smudging. And thanks to breakthrough innovation, the formula has a lightweight, whipped texture to thicken individual lash without weighing them down. It also nourishes lashes at the same time so they look lustrous and feel supple all day long. Pixi LashLift 188 Mascara, $28
This two-in-one mascara allows you to volumise, lengthen, and define your lashes in two simple steps. Firstly, wiggle the larger volumising brush from the roots of your lashes to the tips to fatten skinny lashes and lengthen short and stubby ones. Then, switch to the smaller precision brush to use on hard-to-reach lashes at the inner and outer corners of your eyes. Made with ink-black pigments, this creamy mascara is smudge-proof and stays put for hours on end, so you never have to worry about it fading. Shiseido ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof, $50
With a name like that, you know this mascara means business. Not only is its formula packed with jet-black pigments, it’s also waterproof and comes in a creamy texture that melds to each and every eye lash like a dream. Plus, the bristles are made of silicone, so they are bendy enough to reach your lashes, yet firm enough to separate them and minimise clumping. Shu Uemura Stretch Xtreme Precise Finish Waterproof Mascara, $50
Thanks to the unique curvature of the tool, the brush grabs every eyelash and coats them with the lightweight and clump-free mascara. You can easily build volume and extend lash length while ensuring perfectly defined lashes as the bristles remove any clumps with each coat. Marc Jacobs Beauty At Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara, $44
This smudge-proof mascara is as easy to remove as it is to apply. A mix of vegan waxes, biotin peptide, and provitamin B5 coat each and every lash to define, lengthen and lift them so your lashes look unreal in the best way possible. Plus, the formula is buildable, without looking clumpy. Look out for it when it launches at the end of the month.