Sephora's Best Mascaras Of 2021

Shopping for the perfect mascara can feel a lot like online dating. Sometimes you have to try a few clumpy ones until you find the mascara of your dreams. However, if you are tired of trying to find what feels like looking for a needle in a haystack, you can't go wrong with Sephora. They have a lot of great options, and the best part is they are offering 20% off their merchandise until Sunday, December 12 (via Sephora).


Whether you are struggling with stubby lashes or need a lift, there's a mascara at Sephora that will work for you. When compared to mascaras at the drugstore, a higher-end one might actually be worth the slight extra splurge. According to Huffington Post, the formulas in higher-end mascaras tend to use better quality pigments and polymers that will make it extra smudge-proof. Upscale mascaras also tend to use brush fibers that can stick to your lashes better and ensure a more even application.

To find the perfect mascara at Sephora for the specific effect you're looking for, keep scrolling to find the best ones of 2021 for every lash concern.

These mascaras will give you sky-high lashes

For those with short eyelashes, Sephora has several lengthening mascaras that will go to great lengths. According to Glamour, the Smashbox Super Fan Mascara ($24) will double the length of your lashes. It's the mascara you want to wear the next time you go bar-hopping. While it isn't the best at curling your lashes, using a lash curler can help give you the ultimate bombshell look. 


For a mascara that lengthens and separates your lashes, PopSugar recommends Illia Limitless Lash Lengthening Mascara ($28). The wand features widely separated rubber bristles, with a longer and shorter side. The mascara also contains keratin to strengthen eyelash hairs.

Mascaras that will give you the perfect curl

If you have straight lashes that need a little more TLC than just a lash curler, Glamour recommends Dior Diorshow Mascara ($29.50). This mascara has consistently been ranked as a holy grail over the years by beauty writers and influencers, and it's no wonder why. It's the ultimate curling mascara that will help lift and perk up your lashes, making curlers unnecessary. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara ($26) is also another holy grail mascara praised for its curling capabilities, per Marie Claire. The brush grips to the lashes, creating a long-lasting curl, sans clumping.


Mascaras that will give you wispy, voluminous lashes

Mascaras that can give you that "I can't believe it's not fake lashes" sort of volume are hall of fame material. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 ($32) is one such mascara, per PopSugar. Just two coats of this mascara, and it will look like you just glued on your favorite pair of Wispies. A classic volumizing mascara that will never go out of style is Lancome Hypnose Volumizing Mascara ($28), according to PopSugar. The mascara can be layered for the ultimate fanned out look you're seeking, in a buildable formula that will never clump.


Mascaras that will give you the ultimate lift and definition

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara ($29) is like the ultimate hype person for those who suffer from droopy, clump-prone lashes (via Glamour). The 4D amplifier brush lifts and defines your lashes, while plumping them at the same time. Another tried and true option that will give you the ultimate lift and definition is Lancome Definicils High Definition and Lengthening Mascara ($28), per Marie Claire. The mascara will lift droopy eyes, while preventing clumps and separating lashes. This smudge-free mascara can be worn during the day at work, or layered for extra oomph at night.


The one-and-done mascara that does it all

The mascara with one of the highest ratings on Sephora and the one you must absolutely get if you can only buy one mascara is Lancome Lash Idole Lash-Lifting & Volumizing Mascara ($26). This mascara has an average rating of 4.5 stars with nearly 7,000 reviews. The formula contains white tea extract to condition your lashes, while the curved brush makes your lashes look like they just got a perm.


The end result: Long, lush lashes that have a fanned out, feathery look. Editorial makeup artist Ammy Drammeh told Vanity Fair, "I personally like mascara that adds volume and length. Lancome Lash Idole does that, plus it helps lift the lash from the root." She added that it's smudge-resistant and long-lasting.

With any of these mascaras, you'll no longer have to worry about it clumping or smudging off as you cry watching those touching Hallmark Christmas movies.