Mascara edit

Mascara is right up there as our desert island beauty buy - actually we won't go anywhere without a slick of mascara. However, not all mascara is created equal. While some of us need length, others want volume and curl. Sarah Simpson reveals how to the perfect fit for your lashes.

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Fine lashes

For those who have naturally fine lashes or are suffering the after-effects of having lash extensions , a volumising mascara is going to become your best friend. These formulas are designed to fatten the lashes thanks to the addition of collagen and thickening agents, which plump and define. For those who like to make a statement, these are the wands for you.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Maximum Volume Mascara, $51. L'Oreal Paris Mega Volume Collagen 24H Mascara, $30. Shiseido Perfect Mascara Defining Volume, $51. Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara, $28.50.

Short lashes 

If you want thick, long lashes, one of these lengthening options will hold you in good stead. They contain fibres that help to elongate your lashes and enhance the finest and fairest of lashes to expertly in just one coat.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara, $59. Clarins Be Long Mascara, $52. Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula, $46. Nude By Nature Allure Defining Mascara, $33.

Straight lashes

Waterproof mascara is not only hard working, they're ideal for sporty types, and a great option for encouraging curl in straight lashes. A waterproof formula is fast drying so once you lift the lashes upward with the wand, it helps set and hold in the curl. 

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara, $54. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black, $17. Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara Waterproof, $27. Lancôme Hypnose Waterproof Volume Mascara, $60.

These mascara's are all available from Life Pharmacy.