12 Best Mascaras To Lengthen and Volumise Asian Lashes

by Joyce Cheo
LIFESTYLE  |  October 15, 2018
  • These mascaras come with brush applicators that are suited for Asian eyes. Plus, the volumising formulas will guarantee you with longer, fuller lashes.
    1 / 13 These mascaras come with brush applicators that are suited for Asian eyes. Plus, the volumising formulas will guarantee you with longer, fuller lashes.

    Short, straight and droopy are some words commonly used by Asian women to describe their lashes. No wonder eye lash extensions are so popular amongst Asian women. While eyelash extensions definitely have their pros (they last for weeks and you wake up to perfectly full lashes and they are easily customisable so you are guaranteed your desired fullness), they also come with some inconveniences. For example, you have to be meticulous when applying and removing other eye makeup—scratch that, you even have to be careful when doing something as basic as washing your face. So what’s a girl to do if she wants long, yet natural-looking lashes that comes off whenever she wants to? High performance mascaras, of course.

    (Also read: 6 Best Waterproof Mascaras For Singapore’s Heat)

    With hundreds and even thousands of mascaras flooding stores and websites, it can be a long and tedious process to find the one that’s perfect for you. For starters, Asian lashes tend to be shorter, so mascaras with larger brush applicators can be a tad bit challenging to control without smudging and smearing onto your lids. Look for mascaras with smaller brush applicators if you tend to be intimidated by larger ones as a smaller applicator can make it easier to reach for even those super tiny lashes at the inner and outer corners of your lashes.

    In addition, Asian lashes can be sparse so if you want a fuller, more dramatic effect, look out for volumising formulas. Beginning as close to the roots as possible, apply mascara in a zig zag motion to make sure that you coat your lashes with the optimal amount of product. Just remember to remove excess product from the brush or separate lashes with a lash comb to avoid clumps. Or you can even prep your lashes with a lash primer to thicken your natural lashes for maximum impact.

    (Also read: 6 Mascaras For Prettier Lashes)

    To give droopy lashes an added lift, be sure to curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. Start as close to the roots as possible without pinching or tugging at your lashes and gradually move your curler towards the ends of your lashes for a natural, rounded curl. Also look out for mascaras that have a curved lash applicator as they help give pin-straight lashes an added lift. Or try those that contain unique polymers that lock in the curl of your lashes without weighing lashes down—super crucial for Asian lashes.

    Here, the best mascaras that lengthen, lift and thicken to transform Asian lashes in just one sweep.

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  • Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara ($123)
    2 / 13 Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara ($123)

    Beyond a thickening and lengthening formula that gives you enviable lashes, this extravagant mascara also cares for your lashes with a powerful peptide technology. Over time, this mascara also helps to enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness. Its double helix brush also helps separate lashes for a perfectly defined effect.

    Photo: Chantecaille

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  • Clinique CliniqueFIT Workout 24-Hour Mascara ($39)
    3 / 13 Clinique CliniqueFIT Workout 24-Hour Mascara ($39)

    When it comes to this mascara, it was love at first sight for us. The skinny application makes it effortless to reach the inner and outer corners of the eyes so that even the tiniest lashes are coated. Yet, the brush has a 4-sided obelisk shape that deposits the optimal amount of product without weighing lashes down. And that’s not all: it uses Advance Thermal Technology to hold mascara onto lashes without smudging or fading for 24 hours, even through sweat and humidity. That is, until you decide to remove it with warm water and it melts right off.

    (Also read: 9 Mascaras That Give You Healthier Eyelashes)

    Photo: Clinique

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  • Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara ($73)
    4 / 13 Clé de Peau Beauté Perfect Lash Mascara ($73)

    Thanks to its sumptuous creamy formula and curved brush applicator, each and every eyelash is coated evenly in just one coat. The weightless mascara volumises, lengthens and curls the lashes perfectly all day long for beautifully framed eyes.

    Photo: Clé de Peau Beauté


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  • Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara ($46)
    5 / 13 Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara ($46)

    As its name suggests, this mascara is not for the faint-hearted. Thanks to its revolutionary 4DAmplifier™ brush, it defies gravity as it promises up to four times more volume in just one coat. One side of the brush has denser bristles to coat lashes with the maximum amount of product for head-turning volume while the side with shorter bristles can be used on the lower lashes effortlessly without smudging. The brush also has a tapered end that reaches tiny lashes at the corners of the eyes for dramatic yet weightless lashes that, even on your wildest nights, can definitely outlast you.

    Photo: Hourglass

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  • Laneige String Long Lash Mascara ($34)
    6 / 13 Laneige String Long Lash Mascara ($34)

    Perfect for everyday wear, this mascara’s forte is lengthening short lashes while giving it a natural lift. Thanks lash string polymer and natural acacia gum, this formula adheres seamlessly to each and every single eye lash to keep them supple, lock in curl and provide a perfectly defined separation. We also love that the small brush makes it effortless to control.

    (Also read: 6 Tips To Make Applying Mascara Super Easy)

    Photo: Laneige

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  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($44)
    7 / 13 Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($44)

    Inspired by the dramatic effect of false lashes, this bold mascara combines super-concentrated black pigments with its Flash Volume Complex to create drastically thicker and longer lashes in three coats or less. Its hourglass-shaped brush also deposits the most product at the centre of the eyes for a wide-eyed effect, while the defining tips help comb through lashes so they always look thick but never clumpy.

    Photo: Marc Jacobs Beauty

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  • Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Mascara ($45)
    8 / 13 Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Mascara ($45)

    With a tight-toothed brush applicator, this mascara is designed to grip lashes at their base and comb through to thicken, lengthen, curl and separate each one of them. Factor in its Flex Control Complex and you get the ideal formula to keep lashes fluttery and well-separated all day long.

    (Also read: 5 Best Makeup Tips Women With Single Eyelids)

    Photo: Make Up For Ever

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  • NARS Climax Mascara ($42)
    9 / 13 NARS Climax Mascara ($42)

    While the brush is on the larger side, the bristles are uniquely designed to coat lashes with just the right amount of product with each layer so you can build lash volume effortlessly without worrying about clumping or smudging. And thanks to a breakthrough innovation, the formula has a lightweight, whipped texture to thicken individual lash without weighing them down. It also nourishes lashes at the same time so they look lustrous and feel supple all day long.

    Photo: Nars

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  • Pixi LashLift 188 Mascara ($28)
    10 / 13 Pixi LashLift 188 Mascara ($28)

    This 2-in-1 mascara gives you the versatility to volumise, lengthen and define in two simple steps. Firstly, wiggle the larger volumising brush from the roots of your lashes to the tips to fatten skinny lashes and lengthen short and stubby ones. Then, switch to the smaller precision brush for hard-to-reach lashes at the inner and outer corners of your eyes for a perfectly fanned out effect. Made with ink black pigments, this creamy mascara is smudge-proof and stays put for hours on end so you never have to worry about it fading.

    (Also read: How Safe Are Beauty Treatments Like Eyelash Extensions And Gel Manicures?)

    Photo: Pixi

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  • Shiseido ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof ($50)
    11 / 13 Shiseido ImperialLash MascaraInk Waterproof ($50)

    With a name like this, you know this mascara means business. Not only is the mascara formula packed with jet-black pigments, it is also waterproof and has a creamy texture that melds to each and every eye lash like a dream. Plus, the bristles are made of silicone so they are bendy enough to reach your lashes, and yet firm enough to separate them to minimise clumping.

    Photo: Shiseido

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  • Shu Uemura Stretch Xtreme Precise Finish Waterproof Mascara ($50)
    12 / 13 Shu Uemura Stretch Xtreme Precise Finish Waterproof Mascara ($50)

    Thanks to the unique curvature of the brush applicator, it grabs every eyelash and coats them with the lightweight and clump-free mascara. Easy to manoeuvre, you can easily build volume and extend lash length while ensuring perfectly defined lashes as the bristles remove any clumps with each coat.

    Photo: Shu Uemura

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  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, $35
    13 / 13 Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara, $35

    One of the most versatile mascaras available in the market, this product lengthens, curls, volumises and holds lashes in place for dramatic eye fringe. And unlike many waterproof mascaras that can leave lashes looking dull and flaky, this formula is infused with lash-conditioning ingredients that soften and moisturises lashes. Did we mention it’s also made to stay put throughout rain, heat, sweat or tears?

    (Also read: 8 Tips to Help You Draw on Liquid Eyeliner Perfectly)

    Photo: Tarte

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