Best Mascara to Beat the Summer Heat

A high-performing, non-smudging, clump-free mascara is a crucial step in any hot-weather makeup routine (aside from your bronzer and lip gloss). We've scoped out the best of the bristles and narrowed it down to our top five - sure to fatten up your lashes in an instant.

LENGTHEN & VOLUMIZE: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
Forget the days of layering your lengthening and volumizing mascaras on separately. Smashbox's new formula and oversized (in a good way) wand do it all in one quick stroke and promise a 104% increase in volume and length.

LONG-LASTING PIGMENTS: Napoleon Perdis Long Black Mascara
Infused with a double dose of black pigments, the sweet-smelling formula (it really has a fruity scent) produces dark, defined lashes that remain tinted all day and night. Plus, the slanted brush ensures more curling power.

POP OF COLOR: MAC Zoom Coloured Mascara in Plum Reserve
You are already aware of the purple eye craze seen on the spring runways (remember the gorgeous lids at Victoria Beckham and Jason Wu?). For a toned-down version of the look, try our pick for colored mascara - a violet purple shade that flatters all eye colors and skin tones.

CURLING EFFECTS: Stila Forever Your Curl Mascara
If you've never been that handy with your lash curler, Stila's new formula contains a resin that acts as a "perm" for your lashes by immediately holding the curl with greater curving results over time. And the skinny wand is precise enough to reach the tiniest of hairs.

LONG-TERM BENEFITS: Fusion Beauty StimulashFusion Lash Enhancing + Lengthening Mascara
The genius molded, flexible wand grabs onto every last lash and delivers the perfect amount of product so there's never any clumping. Wear the Sympeptide-infused formula every day, and see longer, thicker lashes in 4-6 weeks.

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