There are an infinite number of mascaras on the market that claim to lengthen and volumize your lashes. But ask anyone with naturally straight lashes (including myself) what their main concern is, and they’ll most likely tell you that it’s finding a mascara that provides long-lasting lift and curl. The best mascaras for straight lashes are waterproof formulas that can better hold your lashes in place. Another factor to consider is the design of the mascara wand — curved wands will help to lift straight lashes as you apply your mascara, and hourglass-shaped brushes can help bulk up straight lashes, which are often finer than lashes with a natural curl.
Editor’s Choice: The Best Mascara For Straight Lashes Overall
My lashes are long, but poker-straight (and will revert to sitting straight in mere hours unless a waterproof mascara is involved). The L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara is one of my favourite mascaras because it does it all. The hourglass-shaped wand allows you to apply mascara to every lash for separation and length, and it has over 200 densely packed bristles to give your lashes major volume and lift. Because it’s waterproof, the mascara keeps your curls in place, as dozens of its 60,000+ Amazon customers have noted.
Relevant Examine: “My must-have mascara. Nothing but this magical mascara keeps my lashes curled. There are no flakes, smudges, or irritations. Just incredible lashes in a flash. This is easily removed with oil cleanser, but it is difficult to remove without it. That’s fine with me because it stays put all day, even in the sweltering heat of Texas.”
Best Water-Resistant Mascara For Straight Lashes
There are waterproof mascaras, and then there’s this completely budge-proof formula, which has a devoted fan base among beauty insiders. The KissMe Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara from Japan is one of the few mascaras that prioritizes delivering a long-lasting curl. In addition to a curved wand, the mascara contains a memory-shape polymer and lengthening fibres to keep your lashes sky-high. The mascara also contains nourishing ingredients like argan oil, rose hip oil, camellia seed oil, and squalane to keep your lashes from drying out.
A word of caution: This mascara is so waterproof that you could swim in it without it smudging. For the same reason, you should be prepared to put in a little extra effort when it comes time to remove your makeup at the end of the day. For best results, use a micellar water, oil cleanser, or the brand’s own mascara remover first, followed by a water-based cleanser.
Relevant Examine: “The wand is smaller than most American brands, but it makes it much easier to apply without clumps. It’s not clumpy and uses just the right amount of formula. The formula does not smudge or budge throughout the day. This mascara works wonders on my oily lids and straight, short, stubborn lashes that do not hold a curl.”
Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara
The slightly curved wand of this Wet N Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara promotes lift, while the budge-proof formula keeps the curl in place. This mascara will also be a favourite of anyone with short, straight lashes, as the plastic comb extends and separates every lash for clump-free length. It’s also a cruelty-free formula infused with vitamin E to keep your lashes nourished (which is especially important when using a more drying waterproof mascara).
Relevant Examine: “My lashes are perfectly straight. This is the only mascara that keeps my curl intact for almost the entire day. It looks great, but it’s extremely difficult to remove. The only flaw, but at that price, it’s a steal.”
The Best Mascara for a Fanned-Out Look
This mascara’s brush is unlike any other, with 10 layers of bristles that fan out lashes for a fuller, feathery effect. Despite the extra bristles, the wand also works to remove clumps because the plastic material helps to brush excess product away. Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara, an Amazon favorite with over 75,000 five-star ratings, has been ophthalmologist tested and deemed safe for contact lens wearers.
Relevant Examine: “I’ve been addicted to this mascara for years! Although my hair is curly, my lashes are straight. This mascara curls, tints, and holds the curl for as long as you need it (stays on even during sauna or other spa-procedures, yet removed easily with any makeup remover). It does not leave bumps or stains. Strongly recommended!”
Best Mascara in Bright Colors for Straight Lashes
When you want to change up your look, this Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara is available in blue, green, and purple (though it is available in brown and black, too). Whatever color you choose, you’ll get a curved wand and a caffeine-infused formula that encourages more lift. If you find waterproof formulas irritating or difficult to remove, this is a gentle, water-resistant formula packed with conditioning ingredients like shea butter, arginine, and biotin to moisturize and promote lash growth. This one also comes in a travel-size version if you want to try it before you buy it.
Relevant Examine: “I have very straight lashes and have tried numerous mascaras. I received this in my Ipsy bag and immediately fell in love with it. This is the only mascara that actually works for me. My lashes also appear to have grown and thickened after only a few weeks of use. It’s well worth the money.”