9 of the best mascaras for straight lashes in 2024 to encourage lift and curl

Looking for the best mascaras for straight lashes? Our beauty team has tested dozens and has the lowdown on the top formulas for lifting and lengthening

Collage of three of the best mascaras for straight lashes featured in this guide from Huda Beauty, Iconic London and Benefit
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As well as ticking the basic boxes for a good formula, the best mascara for straight lashes has to go above and beyond lengthening and volumising to lift and curl to your desired level and, ideally, offer some hold for drop-prone lashes, too. 

My natural lashes are absolutely poker-straight. So much so that if you look at me straight-on, it’s difficult to tell if I have upper lashes. There’s no lift – and absolutely no curl – to be able to spot the hairs above the lash line. When it comes to mascara, then, what I’m looking for is something that’s going to make them more visible. I want length, yes, but mainly I’m after lift, curl, volume and anything to give my lashes the oomph they naturally lack. 

So, what should I be looking for? “For straight lashes, it’s really the combination of formula and wand that makes the best mascara,” explains pro makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis. “You want something wet yet not so heavy that it will weigh the lashes down, but a product you can layer and build so there is more control. Having a curved, medium-sized wand will help lift from the root and boost curl because it can grab individual lashes. Tubing mascara holds longer and doesn’t flake, so is great for building an even layer.”

The application technique matters, too, as straight lashes don’t play ball quite as easily as ones with a natural curl. “Straight lashes can be quite stubborn depending on the type of hair, so an eyelash curler will give a head start in getting some lift,” continues Nguyen-Grealis. “If there’s no time for that, simply apply middle to tip, wiggling the wand left to right to get an instant curl, then [comb] from the root all the way through to the tips. A few coats are needed for maximum results.”

The best mascara for straight lashes, reviewed by our beauty team 

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1. L’Oreal Paris Pro XXL Lift Mascara

Best high-impact mascara for straight lashes


RRP: $10.99 / £12.99
Waterproof version available : No
Shades: Black

9. Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

Best volumizing mascara for straight lashes


RRP: $26 / £21
Waterproof version available : Yes
Shades: Black

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How we tested the best mascaras for straight lashes 

The best mascara for straight lashes ready to be tested

A selection of the mascaras we tested for this guide

(Image credit: Jess Beech)

To bring you a reliable list of the best mascara for straight lashes, we tested each mascara for at least a full day, assessing their performance based on the following factors. 

  • Packaging
  • Price
  • Mascara brush type, shape and style
  • How easy they were to apply
  • How the formula looked and felt on the lashes
  • Whether they added long-lasting lift to the lashes 
  • Whether they were smudge-proof
  • How easy they were to remove

How to choose the best mascara for straight lashes

If you're struggling to settle on one, there are a few different factors you can consider when choosing the best mascara for short lashes.

  • Wand: Curved, medium-sized wands will help to lift your lashes from the root, giving your eyelashes immediate lift and curl.
  • Formula: Ideally, you want a formula that's light and buildable – i.e. something that won't weigh down straight lashes. It's worth also bearing in mind any other concerns, such as if you have sensitive eyes or are prone to smudging. In the case of the latter, tubing mascaras are worth exploring.
  • Price: As with any beauty purchase, your budget plays a huge role in which mascara you choose. Have an idea of what you can and want to spend before you begin browsing.
  • Your usual makeup routine: Some of the best mascaras for straight lashes work well by layering several coats. If you're a little less meticulous or like to get ready in a flash, consider buying one that delivers with a single swipe, like Stila's HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara. If you're willing to dedicate more time to the process, some two-wand products, such as the L’Oreal Paris Pro XXL Lift Mascara, can provide stellar results.
Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is a former Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.

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