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Here Are The Best Mascaras To Try If You've Got Short Asian Lashes

Bid goodbye to short, stumpy, and sparse lashes. Say hello to long and wispy eye fringes with these mascaras.

Short, straight, and droopy are some words commonly used to describe Asian lashes. It’s no wonder eyelash extensions are so popular amongst Asian women. While eyelash extensions definitely have their pros (they last for weeks and you wake up to perfectly full lashes), they also come with some inconveniences. For example, you have to be meticulous when applying and removing eye makeup. Scratch that, you even have to be careful when doing something as basic as washing your face. So what’s a girl to do if she wants long, yet natural-looking lashes that comes off whenever she wants to? High-performance mascaras, of course.

With hundreds of mascaras flooding stores and websites, it can be an arduous process to find the one. For starters, Asian lashes tend to be shorter, so mascaras with larger brush applicators can be a tad bit challenging to control without smudging and smearing onto your lids. Pro tip: look for mascaras with smaller brush applicators if you tend to be intimidated by larger ones. A smaller applicator can make it easier to reach for those super tiny lashes at the inner and outer corners of your lashes.

In addition, Asian lashes can be sparse so if you want a fuller, more dramatic effect, look out for a volumising formula. Beginning as close to the roots as possible, apply mascara in a zig-zag motion to make sure that you coat your lashes with an optimum amount of product. Just remember to remove excess product from the brush or separate lashes with a lash comb to avoid clumps. Or you can even prep your lashes with a lash primer to thicken your natural lashes for maximum impact.

To give droopy lashes an added lift, be sure to curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. Start as close to the roots as possible without pinching or tugging at your lashes and gradually move your curler towards the ends of your lashes for a natural, rounded curl. Also, look out for mascaras that have a curved lash applicator as they help give pin-straight lashes an added lift. Or try those with unique polymers that lock in the curl of your lashes without weighing lashes down.

Here, the best mascaras that lengthen, lift, and thicken to transform Asian lashes in just one sweep.

Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume HD - Squeezable Mascara, $54
We can’t stop raving about this mascara enough. Why? Simply because everything from its formula to its packaging is thoughtful. For amplified lash care, its formula is enhanced with strengthening vitamin B5 and protecting cotton extract to help reinforce lashes with each use. Its bi-material brush sees of a rigid wand for steady application, alongside flexible bristles that meld perfectly to the lashes. Plus, it also claims to have a 24-hour staying power. Lancome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, $48
The saying “bigger is better” may not always apply in all situations, but it definitely applies to lashes. Said to create 12 times the volume of your natural lashes, it also claims to have a 24-hour wear time of voluminous, bold lashes – even in the morning after. Givenchy Beauty Phenomen'Eyes Mascara, $54
If you haven’t already caught it, the brush of this Givenchy mascara isn’t shaped like your atypical brush. Built as a spherical little knob, this precise shape is made to separate and coat – even the shortest ones – from the root to the tip. It also features a new hydrating polymer in its formula which prevents smudging and a triple-action polymer that’s able to cling onto the lashes to lengthen and curl them. Glossier Lash Slick, US$16 (S$22)
Born after 248 formulations, comes the cult beauty brand’s version of what they call the perfect everyday mascara. Tiny fibres in the formula coat lashes to lengthen them, while flexible polymers work concurrently to lock and lift each fibre firmly onto the lash. Something to note though: this one’s water-resistant, not water-proof. Benefit BADgal Bang! Mascara in Black, $44
This mascara promises 36-hour dramatically full and voluminous lashes that are so full it’s like wearing actual falsies on your eyes. Coupled with its streamlined brush and weightless gravity-defying formula, this matte-black mascara coats lashes evenly every application. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara in Black, $44
Its Hook ‘n’ Roll brush that mimics the shape of hair rollers features tiny hooks that are designed to catch, lift, and curl even the shortest and straightest lashes without the use of an eyelash curler. So, it really saves some application time without compromising on beautifully fanned out lashes. Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara, $37, Sephora
This one from Pretty Vulgar claims to be buildable and layerable, so that you can control how dramatic or natural you want your lashes to be. It’s also formulated with pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise and thicken each lash. Too Faced Damn Girl 24-Hour Black Mascara, $35, Sephora
This pick is said to have a unique creamy mousse formula that was birthed from a lightweight blend of whipped melted waxes to keep your lashes flexible while lifting, lengthening, and volumising. Smashbox SuperFan Mascara, $28
A long-wearing, lengthening mascara that gives you 12-hour length, lift, volume and glam without any heaviness or clumping? Sold. Plus, its 360° precision brush acts like a wind machine that catches and coats the smallest of lashes that might’ve been hidden. Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara, $55
Featuring silica micro-beads filled with keratin, Givenchy has devised this mascara to protect your lashes while nourishing rice peptides strengthen and revitalise the lash fringe. The unique two-toned brush has black bristles that create instant volume and white bristles that specialise in high definition. Too Faced Better Than Sex And Diamonds in Black, $38
We don’t think that you’d need any further convincing on why you need this iconic bestseller from Too Faced. Especially now that it’s dressed up in a diamond-studded case, who could resist? 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. 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. Tried and tested on our sparse lashes, this one’s our personal favourite for now. Cle de Peau Beaute Perfect Lash Mascara, $73
Thanks to its sumptuous creamy formula and curved brush applicator, each and every eyelash is coated evenly in just one coat. The weightless mascara volumises, lengthens and curls the lashes perfectly all day long for beautifully framed eyes. Shu Uemura Stretch Xtreme Precise Finish Waterproof Mascara, $50
Thanks to the unique curvature of the brush applicator, it grabs every eyelash and coats them with the lightweight and clump-free mascara. Easy to manoeuvre, you can easily build volume and extend lash length while ensuring perfectly defined lashes as the bristles remove any clumps with each coat. Clinique CliniqueFIT Workout 24-Hour Mascara, $39
When it comes to this mascara, it was love at first sight for us. The skinny application makes it effortless to reach the inner and outer corners of the eyes so that even the tiniest lashes are coated. Yet, the brush has a 4-sided obelisk shape that deposits the optimal amount of product without weighing lashes down. And that’s not all: it uses Advance Thermal Technology to hold mascara onto lashes without smudging or fading for 24 hours, even through sweat and humidity. That is, until you decide to remove it with warm water and it melts right off. Shiseido ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof, $50
With a name like this, you know this mascara means business. Not only is the mascara formula packed with jet-black pigments, it is also waterproof and has 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, and yet firm enough to separate them to minimise clumping. Laneige String Long Lash Mascara, $34
Perfect for everyday wear, this mascara’s forte is lengthening short lashes while giving it a natural lift. Thanks lash string polymer and natural acacia gum, this formula adheres seamlessly to each and every single eye lash to keep them supple, lock in curl and provide a perfectly defined separation. We also love that the small brush makes it effortless to control. 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. Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, $123
Beyond a thickening and lengthening formula that gives you enviable lashes, this extravagant mascara also cares for your lashes with a powerful peptide technology. Over time, this mascara also helps to enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness. Its double helix brush also helps separate lashes for a perfectly defined effect. Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, $44
Inspired by the dramatic effect of false lashes, this bold mascara combines super-concentrated black pigments with its Flash Volume Complex to create drastically thicker and longer lashes in three coats or less. Its hourglass-shaped brush also deposits the most product at the centre of the eyes for a wide-eyed effect, while the defining tips help comb through lashes so they always look thick but never clumpy. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes™ 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, $35
One of the most versatile mascaras available in the market, this product lengthens, curls, volumises and holds lashes in place for dramatic eye fringe. And unlike many waterproof mascaras that can leave lashes looking dull and flaky, this formula is infused with lash-conditioning ingredients that soften and moisturises lashes. Did we mention it’s also made to stay put throughout rain, heat, sweat or tears? Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, $46
As its name suggests, this mascara is not for the faint-hearted. Thanks to its revolutionary 4DAmplifier brush, it defies gravity as it promises up to four times more volume in just one coat. One side of the brush has denser bristles to coat lashes with the maximum amount of product for head-turning volume while the side with shorter bristles can be used on the lower lashes effortlessly without smudging. The brush also has a tapered end that reaches tiny lashes at the corners of the eyes for dramatic yet weightless lashes that, even on your wildest nights, can definitely outlast you.