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Dressing table: The best mascaras

1. Lash XL Maximum Length Mascara

Silk fibres cling to lashes, creating the illusion of larger eyes. The fragrance-free formula is ideal for lens wearers.

£18.50, Estee Lauder, esteelauder.co.uk

2. Extreme Party

This new formula provides volume with reapplication, and the brush is tapered to cover hard-to-reach lashes.

£17.50, Bobbi Brown, bobbibrown.co.uk

3. Masterpiece

A soft, flexible brush with spaced-out bristles which ensures each lash is coated and separated from the next.

£8.99, Max Factor, 0860 254 257

4. High Lengths Mascara

The unique willow applicator helps to curl lashes and coats to the very tip.

£14.50, Clinique, clinique.co.uk

5. Volume Million Lashes

L'Oreal's newest mascara innovation results in fanned out, look-at-me lashes. A great evening mascara.

£10.99, L'Oreal, from Boots, 0845 609 0055

6. Lash accelerator

Claiming to promote the natural growth of strong, long, lashes – perfect if you're fed up with false lashes.

£8.99, Rimmel London, rimmellondon.com