10 best mascaras for NYE

Pamper your peepers with top of the class softening, hydrating, body boosting, lash lengtheners

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1. L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Midnight Mascara

The innovative asymmetrical brush captures and lengthens the lashes in the outer corner of the eye and flicks them out for a winged retro effect – I wear mine with a bold red lippie for a fabulous forties look. Multi-reflective pigments in the formula add a flash of shimmer in either blue-black, purple-black, or full-on rich black.

£10.99 for 7ml boots.com

2. Shavata Extreme Volumising Mascara and Lash Fabricator 

I love the false lash look, but not the hassle and feel of it. Grooming guru Shavata Singh's super-dense bristles in her mascara coat every lash with volume and length. And while it's still wet, apply Lash Fabricator which coats each lash with tiny fibres to add even more volume - I discovered you can go seriously big with this little duo.

£15 each for 10ml and 7.8g, shavata.co.uk

3. Benefit Beyond Mascara They're Real

The UK's number 1 best-selling mascara, this award-winning mascara packs a powerful punch when it comes to boosting lashes. The super-sized wand captured fine blonde lashes I never knew I had, while it lengthened, curled, lifted, separated and added volume. The domed tip fans out corner lashes to get the big doe-eyed Bardot look.

£19.50 for 8.5g, benefitcosmetics.co.uk

4. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

The thick brush base delivers a serious loading of mascara (without any clumping) to the roots of your lashes and a tapered end grabs all the hard to reach tiny lashes in one single super-saturated stroke. (I love using this when I've overslept and I've got the breakfast or make-up dilemma – now I can do both!). Result? Dramatic stretched-out lashes – the perfect lash-look if you're going for a sultry smokey eye. 

£22 for 5ml, bobbibrown.co.uk

5. 17 Back Lash

A make-up artist once told me it's better to go cheap with mascaras and change them regularly, rather than over-spend and still try to get colour off the brush when it's started clumping. If you're going for an inexpensive one, this is a fantastic choice – the brush is the perfect shape for full voluminous lashes and it doesn't get overloaded, so coverage is amazingly even.

£6.49 for 9ml, boots.com

6. Becca Ultimate Mascara

This water resistant mascara wraps lashes in tiny fibres for instant volume, length and definition. I found it didn't budge, smudge, flake or clump. And the best bit, vitamins and minerals in the formula help strengthen and moisturise for shiny, healthy lashes.

£19 for 8ml, spacenk.co.uk

7. No 7 Stay Perfect Mascara

An incredible new formulation that wont smudge, flake, or run with tears, humidity or sweat – I wore it for a netball match and it didn't move at all. And yet when you want to remove it, simply hold a warm wet cotton pad over your eye and the tubes of colour simply slide off. No more panda eyes, or morning-after smudging.

£12.95 for 7ml, boots.com

8. Stila Forever Your Curl

A pioneering styling resin holds the curl of your lashes instantly, but the more you use it, the more the curl-memory ingredient penetrates the hair follicle and in effect 'perms' the lashes. I've been using it for a week or so now and I'm pretty sure my lashes are looking more rounded that straight. I'm wondering if I can do away with my lash curlers for good?

£15 for 7ml, stila.co.uk

9. Chantecaille Supreme Cils

A uniquely designed brush that looks from the end like a snowflake, it lifts, separates and lengthens every lash individually. It's long-lasting, completely humidity, tears and sweat-proof, but you don't need to scrub it off like most other water resistant mascaras – just a warm wet cotton wool pad and the colour disappears. A seriously luxurious buy, but worth it if you struggle to separate the lashes as it really does work on each individual lash.

£45 for 7g, spacenk.com

10. True Pro Paparazzi Volume Defined Mascara

An innovative new wand with a flat section to plump up lashes, then the round ball end defines, emphasises and separates. This gives seriously big lashes in just a few strokes, without breaking the bank.

£1.50 (usually £3) for 8ml, superdrug.com

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