The 7 Best Mascaras


Some women feel naked without a swipe of their favorite lipstick, but here at W it’s all about the eyes. Few of us feel complete leaving the house without mascara. Here are our staff favorites.


“Love it. Never changed.” – Anna Davidson, Art Director

Clinique Natural Glossy in Jet Black ($16;


“Goes on nice and black; smooth and not too clumpy.” – Esme Rene, Senior Photo Editor

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils in High Density Black, $30;


“I love big lashes, especially for night. This formula adds volume without creating clumps. Plus, the ultra-shiny gold tube adds a little luxury to my morning routine.” – Sarah Leon, Web Editor

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof in Charcoal Black, $30;


“It does it all: Lengthens, thickens, and curves without turning me into Tammy Faye.” – Sarah Kalagvano, Assistant Art and Photo Editor

Dior DiorShow Mascara in Catwalk Black, $25;


“I have a stash of it. I like that it doesn’t smudge.” – Karin Nelson, Features Editor

Chanel Inimitable in Noir Black, $30;

“The brown looks more natural, like I’m not wearing any makeup. Plus, it’s the only mascara that doesn’t leave me with smudges around my eyes the next morning!” –Nora Milch,

Chanel Imitable in Noir Brun, $30;


“If you are a stickler for clumps, you’ll love the lengthening wand of this two-part mascara. It’s also a big backstage favorite at fashion week.” – Katie Becker, Beauty Editor

MAC Haute & Naughty Lash in Black, $20;