Here's Why the Next Mascara You Buy Should Be Oil-Free


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Mascara can be the perfect finishing touch to any makeup look; adding the perfect amount of volume and length to the lashes while also defining them. With so many mascaras on the market, you may have noticed that some mascaras list their formulas as being oil-free or water-based. For anyone with sensitive eyes (or eyelash extensions that require extra care), the former can be a game changer.

Here's the scoop. Oil breaks down and dissolves the adhesive used for eyelash extensions, making them last for a shorter amount of time. For anyone with sensitive eyes, mascaras with oil can cause also irritation. If you have sensitive eyes or eyelash extensions, problems can be avoided by incorporating an oil-free mascara into your makeup routine.

A good oil-free mascara will give your lashes all the length and volume your heart desires, while also keeping your eyes and eyelashes irritation free. To make your search for oil-free mascaras that much easier, I've rounded up 13 of our favorites that are perfect for anyone with lash extensions or sensitive eyes. Read on for some of my absolute favorite oil-free mascaras.

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Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.