The best mascara for Asian lashes promises to lengthen, volumise and curl those stubborn, straight hairs. If you’re of East Asian descent, then chances are it’s been challenging finding a mascara that does all of this for you. And if you’re not comfortable joining the eyelash extension camp or putting on falsies every day, then settle in because we’re going to show you that there are mascaras that exist for Asian lashes!
Instead of painting your lashes with pigments, tubing mascaras wrap polymers around your lashes — in a tube. They’ll only come off with warm water and muslin cloth. These make for one of the best mascaras for Asian lashes. Even on those late nights, you won’t have to fear unsightly smudges or raccoon mascara eyes.
1. L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tube Mascara
If you’re going after length then the L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tube Mascara (available on L’Oreal Paris Official Store) is the best lengthening mascara for Asian lashes. This dual-sided tube includes a white primer on one end and a black mascara on the other.
Apply the white primer first and wait till it’s a little dry before applying another layer. Not only will primers condition your lashes but they’ll also lengthen and ready them for the mascara afterwards. But patience is key! Be sure to wait between applying the mascara coats to see results. Then, apply the black mascara in a zig-zag motion and voila — you’ll be ready to take on the world with your new set of fluttery peepers!
2. Clinique Lash Power Mascara
Large, clunky mascara wands can make it difficult to get under individual lashes and if you don’t have that many lashes to begin with, it becomes crucial to amplify what you already have! Clinique Lash Power Mascara’s (available on BeYOUtiful_OJJO) sleek and thin wand makes it easy to reach the base of the lashes. All you have to do is glide the wand through for an even and full coat.
Don’t forget to use the press-and-hold method when applying this mascara. Hold the wand at the base of the lashes and gradually apply pressure as you lift the wand in an upwards motion. Wrapped in the tubing mascara formula, your lashes will not flake or smudge for up to 24 hours! Have oily eyelids? We hear this mascara can survive on oily skin and even that hot yoga class! Under our island’s unforgiving humidity, we think the Clinique Lash Power is one of the best mascaras for Asian lashes in Singapore!
If you’ve got straight lashes that refuse to curl whatever you do, then turn to curling mascaras for an extra lift!
3. Kiss Me Heroine Long And Curl Mascara
Raved by many YouTubers and bloggers as one of the best mascaras for Asian lashes, the Kiss Me Heroine Long and Curl Mascara (available on NANA MALL) is a J beauty product that promises an intense, long-lasting curl. Before applying the mascara, be sure to use an eyelash curler — our favourite’s the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (available on NANA MALL). If you feel like it, you can apply a second coat after a few minutes.
It’s an anhydrous formula which will make it hard to remove with water or regular makeup removers but there’s nothing that some oil can’t fix! It’s also packed with conditioning ingredients like argan oil and camellia japonica seed oil so your lashes won’t be dying underneath all that product!
4. Maybelline Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara
It can be hard to keep up with the slew of mascaras Maybelline comes up with. But if you’re looking for the best mascara for everyday wear on Asian lashes, then give the Volum’ Express Hypercurl Mascara (available on Maybelline Official Store) a try. Similar to other Maybelline mascaras, you can count on the curved wand to catch, lift and curl all your lashes perfectly.
We think one coat is enough for everyday wear but feel free to layer on more for special occasions! Check out other drugstore Maybelline makeup products if you’re on a budget.
Lengthening and volumising mascaras
Who doesn’t want those vroom-vroom diva eyelashes? If you’ve got a wedding or a special date night planned, use one of the mascaras below. Your other half will definitely be left enchanted!
5. L’Oreal Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara
The L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise (available on L’Oreal Paris Official Store) promises to give you that falsies effect without going through any extra hassle. The 200+ bristles make it easy to comb through all your lashes and add extra volume and depth. Ladies, you’ll also appreciate the thinner wand tip that’ll help get into the ends of your lashes and fan them out.
To increase the staying power of the mascara, consider using the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara Primer (available on Free To Be Me Shop) before applying the mascara. The pink-tinted formula is infused with rose oil to nourish and better adhere the mascara to the lashes when applied.
6. Innisfree Skinny Mascara
Are you an OL looking for the best mascara for your Asian lashes? This mascara’s skinny wand makes it easy to curl and lengthen the smallest of lashes to open those eyes. Innisfree Skinny Mascara (available on MyBeautySupply) also amplifies your lower lashes in the most natural way possible and we also approve of its waterproof formulation which allows for after-work gym sessions without worrying about the mascara glooping down your face.
For those doing a green overhaul of your makeup stash, you’ll appreciate how mascaras aren’t falling behind! Mascaras made of natural ingredients add that same amount of oomph (sometimes more) as regular mascaras!
7. Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
The Thrive Cosmetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara (available on flyinggwaffle) is infused with orchid stem cell complex and flake-free liquid fibre technology to encourage lash growth and soothe the lashes. It also includes Korean plant extract to add a dramatic curl and length. Focus the wand on the base of the lashes and zig-zag the wand upwards for a fluttery, doe-eyed look.
The straight mascara wand will also make it easier to wedge into small lashes and lift them up — perfect for Asian lashes.
Pro Tip: Coat both sides of the lashes for a fuller result!
8. Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara
The Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara – Nightfall (available on Goldian) boasts a blend of organic bee, carnauba waxes, organic shea butter and fortifying arginine to keep the lashes in the best condition while enhancing and keeping them healthy.
The dual-sided wand can separate, lift and define the eyelashes, making this one of the best buildable mascaras for Asian lashes. Always start with the shorter bristles to lift and extend the lashes before turning over to the longer bristles to lengthen and volumise. It’s also available in three other colours — charcoal grey and ash brown for lighter-eyed ladies and even in copper if you want to create a fun Halloween makeup look!
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9. Dr Mascara Fixer For Perfect Lash
Already own one of the above best mascaras but find they’re not working for your Asian lashes? Try a mascara primer then! Etude House’s Dr.Mascara Fixer For Perfect Lash (available on YONIYONI Beauty & Fashion) comes in two variations — one to maintain eyelash curl and one to lengthen the lashes. Apply it onto your bare lashes and let it sit for a while before going in with your favourite mascara. You can also choose to coat your lashes with it again afterwards to seal the mascara formulation in!
Alternatively, incorporate the use of an eyelash serum to stimulate lash growth. We hear the Matsuge Biyou-Ek Eyelash Serum (available on YuYu Singapore) is a highly popular beauty product in Japan — so why not give it a try?
We hope you’ve been inspired to try some of the best mascaras for Asian lashes we’ve rounded up above! Remember, it takes time to get used to any makeup product, so be patient! Meanwhile, read our guide to mascara mistakes you didn’t know you were making and eye creams you need stat. If you’re a skincare junkie, check out this skincare guide to get healthy, glowing skin!