Makeup Artists Love This Type of Mascara for a Quick, Natural-Looking Eye Lift


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I've been on quite a journey trying to find a mascara I love for everyday wear. While there have been a few contenders over the last few years, I've yet to find the perfect one. I'll admit that I didn't realize how much I've been limiting myself. I've always bought black drugstore mascara since I have extremely dark-brown hair, but now I'm ready to expand my horizons. A makeup artist once told me to go a few shades lighter with my eyebrow pencil color, and I loved the results, so I thought, why not try it with mascara too? 

Brown mascara tends to look a bit more natural than jet black, and makeup artists love it too. "I love a brown mascara for daytime when you're looking to slightly amp up the eyes without looking like you're trying too hard," Celebrity makeup artist Judi Gabbay says. "Brown mascaras are also beautiful on all eye colors, making it an easy, foolproof choice." 

As someone who loves a good no-makeup makeup look, I'm convinced my perfect mascara shade is actually a rich brown instead. To get more insight into the best formulas in this shade, I turned to a few more experts, including Gabbay. Celebrity makeup artists Hailey HoffDakota Alexandra, and Alexa Persico also offered up a few of their favorites and some advice. "Brown mascara is a great option for people with blue or green eyes, as the softer shade often brings out the color in the irises," says Persico. "It also prevents the too-dark look that black mascara brings. Choosing a brown mascara is also a great way to pair eye shadow and eyeliner for a smoky look that doesn't look overdone."

Keep on scrolling for the best brown mascaras money can buy, according to the experts.

The Best Brown Mascaras

Best Overall: L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Building Mascara

Dior Diorshow 24 HR Buildable Volume Mascara

Lancôme Hypnôse Volumizing Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara

Colourpop Act Natural Lash Defining Mascara

Tarte Maneater Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes Mascara

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

Eyeko Colored Lash Alert Mascara

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

Ere Perez Natural Almond Mascara

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.