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The Best Mascaras for Beauty Newbies
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The Best Mascaras for Beauty Newbies

Based on 437,183 Influenster Reviews

Still testing the waters when it comes to makeup? Fear not! Influensters know the best and easiest-to-use products that even those new to beauty can master. Take a peek at the best mascaras for beginners to try.

From drugstore to luxury, these are tried-and-true mascaras sure to give any makeup newbie just what they're looking for.

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Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling Mascara
BY BENEFIT COSMETICS
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars19%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (11,840 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $12.00
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Michelle J.Michelle J. said...
I bought this product in July of 2016 while I was on my way to Montreal (I forgot my mascara at home and was in dire need of one).  I had heard great things about it; was great for lengthening, curling, and volumizing for the lashes, and was really excited to try it! When I applied it for the first time, my mind was blown ... This mascara separated my lashes and lengthened them so well, I was so happy I bought it.  The formula does not dry out when you are applying and there is also absolutely no flakiness, which makes it so much easier to apply.  The wand itself is a little curled and also made up of plastic bristles which do not tug on your natural lashes whatsoever.  This mascara is definitely a must-have for me, it has eliminated my need for a lash curler and mascara primer (I usually use the Urban Decay Subversion) but found that I didn't have a need for it, and it still lasts all day without transferring onto my under-eye or crease area.  I have re-purchased this product multiple times and will continue to do so! Last point to mention, the packaging is super cute! 5/5 would recommend  ...read more
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COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara
BY COVERGIRL
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (13,021 reviews)
Buy on Target for $6.09
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Kristen K.Kristen K. said...
This mascara has long been my favorite! It is not clumpy, it gives my lashes so much length and volume. You can go with a natural look or you can layer it on to appear to be wearing falsies without the hassle. I would pick it over many high-end mascaras. I get so many compliments about how long and beautiful my eyelashes are (little do they know it’s this mascara!). Funny enough I saw a girl whose eyelashes looked amazing and so I asked her what mascara she used and if she had falsies on - she didn’t, but she was wearing this same mascara! ...read more
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COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara uploaded by María A.
COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara uploaded by Ivon C.
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Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara
BY MAYBELLINE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (5,372 reviews)
Buy on Jet.com for $5.29
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Hunter Y.Hunter Y. said...
NO CLUMPS! One of the hardest things to find in a mascara (especially a drugstore one) is a mascara that can give you volume without clumps. This mascara spreads each of my lashes apart while adding so much volume to each of them. It can get flaky when it is getting old but it’s around $8 so it’s not too much for my to buy a new one once a month. ...read more
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Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara uploaded by Vanesa W.
Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara uploaded by Vanesa W.
Maybelline Volum' Express® The Colossal Big Shot™ Washable Mascara uploaded by Vanesa W.
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Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara
BY MARY KAY
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars71%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.5 / 5 (1,788 reviews)
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Alejandra R. said...
This is the BEST mascara I have ever used! I don't have the words to describe how great it is. I have not yet met a mascara that has beat this one. This mascara opens your eyes and makes you look wide awake. If you have reallly short eyelashes this macara lengthens them while making them look fuller and darker. I have lost track of how many complements I have gotten because of this mascara. On those days that you don't feal like wearing any makeup you can just put on a layer or two of mascara and look beautiful and wide open. This mascara keeps you looking flawless all day and you don't have to worry about retouching your mascara. I reccomend this to EVERYBODY and its worth your money. It's AMAZING!!! ...read more
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Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara uploaded by Mary V.
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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
BY URBAN DECAY
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars60%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (9,018 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $11.00
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Norbeliss M.Norbeliss M. said...
This is an absolutely fabulous mascara. It lengthens, thickens and makes lashes look amazing. I received a sample tube in a beauty box and loved it so I bought the full sized tube. Not for the high price here though - at another retailer. (Sorry, Amazon!) The tube is big and the brush is quite big as well. One coat takes my lashes to new heights but two or three give me really long, dark and thick lashes that don't clump or flake. The mascara isn't watery and doesn't make a mess on my face. I have many mascaras from the cheapest to most expensive and this one is among my top three favorites. I can even sleep in it and wake up with my lashes looking perfect. Not that I recommend sleeping with makeup on but it happens. I am really pleased with Perversion and recommend it to people who have short or light lashes and want really long, stand out ones. I like MEGA lashes and I get them from this mascara. It also comes off fine with cleanser or makeup remover but doesn't run in humidity or if my face gets damp. It isn't waterproof but it also is not one of those mascaras that melts down your face if your sneeze and shed a tear. Really good mascara for about $20.00. ...read more
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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara uploaded by Angela L.
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara uploaded by Marangely S.
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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara uploaded by Brandy W.
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tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara
BY TARTE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars62%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (6,582 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $23.00
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Lidiya A.Lidiya A. said...
This mascara is EVERYTHING!!! No clumping, no smudging, applies evenly, no weird fallout and stays on for hours with no problem. The applicator wand is pretty big, but not really a bother. At first, this may be a little inky and the wand does come out with a bit too much product at first, but if you're careful to wipe off the tip with a tissue, then you'll have no problems. This actually gets better the more you use it because once some of the product is gone, it wont come out too inky and you will have beautiful coating and separation of lashes. I get length and volume that looks very natural. It is buildable when you let dry in between coats and its nice and black to really define the lashes and lash line. This made my lower lashes go on for DAYS - they were long and voluminous. Also, this mascara is gentle on the eyes and lashes and really didn't irritate my eyes after long wear. It had no strong scent, unlike some other high end mascaras. Overall, a great product - my personal holy grail mascara. ...read more
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tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara uploaded by Nimi M.
tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara uploaded by Elizabeth E.
tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara uploaded by Alecia K.
tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara uploaded by Sandra S.
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Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara
BY BENEFIT COSMETICS
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (17,640 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $12.00
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2015
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Kristen F.Kristen F. said...
This is my absolute favorite mascara. I have used many different mascaras in the past, from expensive high-end brands to drugstore cheapie brands, but I just keep coming back to They're Real. I have pretty long eyelashes to begin with, so I look for a mascara that will give me a ton of volume and will separate and lift/curly my lashes. This product is perfect!

The mascara formula goes on light enough that you can put on a few coats to get the exact amount of that bold lash look that you are going for. The little ball on the end of the applicator gets those hard-to-reach baby lashes on the insides and outsides of your lash line, which really give you that lush, almost false-lash look. The applicator is thin enough that you can use this on your bottom lashes without getting smudges under your eyes on the skin.

I have been asked more than a handful of times whether my lashes were "real" when I am wearing this product, no lie. This is my ride-or-die mascara and I tout its praises to anyone who will listen. I know it isn't the cheapest mascara on the market, but I promise the benefits are worth it. Plus, the formula does not get dried out or clumpy, so you can use it right up to the 3 month mark (when they suggest you throw out mascara because of germs). Try this! ...read more
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Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara uploaded by Areli D.
Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara uploaded by Areli D.
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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
BY TOO FACED
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (45,721 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $12.00
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2017
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FARAH A.FARAH A. said...
Pros: Adds Volume

This mascara is great for top lashes!! Adds volume and length!! For bottom lashes it can be a little difficult to apply because of the size of the brush, hence the four star rating, but it's doable. But the brush style makes it for great volume! It really grabs the lashes and coats them!!! I stayed away from purchasing for so long due to other reviewers saying it flaked and I have incredibly sensitive eyes but I haven't had any issues with it flaking. I do two coats each time and I have nothing on my under eyes after a long day or night. It makes my lashes look so full! It's totally worth the price!I am blessed with very curly, long lashes, but they are also very thin. I am constantly on the look out for mascaras that heavily volumize my lashes. I was also drawn to Two-Faced because they are cruelty-free, so purchasing their main mascara seemed like a no brainer. This mascara certainly volumized and accentuated my lashes; I was thrilled with the formula. However, I did find the wand difficult to use. The hourglass shape and sheer girth of the brush made it difficult to apply the mascara flawlessly. I would end up with dots and lines of mascara on my eyelids where I had just applied shadow. It was frustrating to say the least. I wish Two-Faced would come out with a different bristle option with the same formula because the effects of it are fantastic! I used the tube up, but I could not make myself repurchase it due to the size of the wand. I love this mascara! I was hesitant to try a high end mascara because of the price, but I'm so glad I did! My lashes are short and thin and this mascara helps a lot. I always buy a new one before I run out because I never want to be without this mascara!!This mascara is everything. It's stays on all day and night without smudging but is so easy to remove. It lengthens and adds so much volume with just one coat! I've been stuck on the same mascara for over 2 years and have finally found one even better and at a lower price. ...read more
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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara uploaded by Natasha B.
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Maybelline Lash Sensational® Waterproof Mascara
BY MAYBELLINE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars62%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (8,111 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.39
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Kayla U.Kayla U. said...
I can't believe this is #100 in mascara. This is #1 in my book and truly the best mascara I have ever tried, in both drugstore and high end. I have to laugh because while I have average eyelashes, they are not too short, but definitely not very long, I see an ophthalmologist every week for an eye condition, and every time I'm there she compliments on my eyelashes. Until recently, she nervously asked me what I was wearing, and told me that she didn't care how much it costed, she would pay it to get the same eyelashes. When I told her it was Maybelline and only six dollars, her mouth dropped open and now she is obsessed with it herself and wears it everyday. I have gotten almost every woman I know hooked on this mascara, my mom and aunts, my best friends, and even my boss. The only complaint I have heard is that it can be too clumpy, however, there is an easy solution to that. All you have to do is apply it as you normally would, and just as you are finishing up, wipe the sides of the wand off either on the edge of the tube or off on a paper towel, and go back in again and apply, basically combing out your lashes, and it looks beautiful every time. I honestly wish I could do a better job at putting into words how much my eye doctor, myself, and all the other woman in my life are obsessed with this mascara. :) Great job Maybelline! ...read more
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Maybelline Lash Sensational® Waterproof Mascara uploaded by Gresni C.
Maybelline Lash Sensational® Waterproof Mascara uploaded by Gresni C.
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