Hi, PureWow's resident beauty editor here. Speaking as a straight-lashed lady myself, I know what a struggle it is to find a mascara that actually holds a curl. For starters, an eyelash curler is a non-negotiable. The rest is all in the formula. Here are my five favorites that I keep in steady rotation.
The 5 Best Mascaras for Straight Lashes
Calling all contact lens wearers and chronic eye rubbers: This innovative formula encases each lash in tiny "tubes" of pigment so it will not budge until you’re absolutely ready for removal. Warm water and gentle pressure from your fingertips will slide the tubes off (which can be a little alarming at first, but also strangely satisfying). Tubing mascaras are also more flexible than traditional formulas so you can add extra lift by hitting the tips of your lashes with the curler after application.
Buy it ($26)
Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara
Fact: Waterproof mascaras have waxes in them that better hold a curl (and they won't smudge, which is a common issue for those of us with straight lashes). This one from Eyeko also has a curved wand that helps lift each hair and fruit extracts to condition your lashes so they don’t get brittle.
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Etude House Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara
We save this one for rainy (or humid) days. The long-wearing formula doesn't budge—even through a sweaty spin class. Tip: Coat a cotton round with an oil-based remover and hold it against each eye for 15 seconds to gently remove without tugging. Like we said, it's built to last.
Buy it ($9)
Surratt Beauty Relevée Mascara
We love this formula for clean, everyday lashes. With a slim, tapered brush to reach the roots of each hair, it wraps them in microfibers to lengthen and lift them just so. Plus, it's a breeze to remove. Just splash warm water and watch the little tubes wash down the drain.
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara
A favorite among many fervent Redditors, this Japanese import is known for beefing up wispy lashes while holding a major curl. Created by a makeup artist, the wand has three distinctive spheres to catch and coat each hair at every angle.