Growing up, I never had naturally long lashes; it was always something I yearned for. I would constantly find myself gravitating toward my eyelash curler and curling my lashes every chance I could get to achieve a more plump and volumized look. And in all honesty, it was exhausting, no matter what mascara I used, even if it said XXL volume, my lashes would never hold up. So I decided to part ways with my eyelash curler and began the hunt for the ultimate mascara, and let me tell you, it was a journey.

For starters, there is so much to be considered, from the particular brush you want to use to the goals you want your lashes to achieve. However, the good news is that after searching and testing out multiple brands, I’ve discovered tons of unique tubes of mascara formulated to *actually* give you a volumized look.

Here at Grazia, we usually test and critique each product that comes our way. So, believe me when I say I’ve tried a fair share of mascaras that have impressed and disappointed me, and now I have some seriously high standards when it comes to my everyday choice. If it doesn’t make my lashes look so good that they look like false lashes or extensions, then I don’t want it. And lo and behold, I’ve found my top 5 choices of the best-of-the-best mascaras that will meet any of your nit-picky standards.

Ahead, find a curated list of Grazia-approved mascaras to replace your lash strips and give you a natural volumized look.

1. huda beauty | volumizing and lengthening mascara

I’ve never met a mascara that does wonders like the Huda Beauty Volumizing and Layering Mascara. It’s a duel ended formula consisting of one side, which curls your lash, and the other adds the volume. This is my day-in and day-out mascara; it has completely changed the game for me. Now I look forward to applying my mascara, knowing I’ll have a volumized look all day – it’s a must-try!

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Huda Beauty, Legit Lashes Double-Ended Volumizing And Lengthening Mascara, Dhs120, SHOP N0W

2. Estée Lauder | multiplying volume mascara

Estee Lauder is the OG of all mascaras. It has a thick brush that applies the ultimate shine and brightness to your eyes to look more awake, all while elongating your lashes and creating the utter-most flattering look.

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Estee Lauder, Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara, Dhs181, SHOP NOW

3. milk makeup | volume mascara

I originally tried the MILK mascara on my birthday, as it was one of Sephora’ birthday gift options, and I didn’t know what to expect. Even though it came in a mini version, it was mighty powerful. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and leaves your lashes with an intense black finish. I always keep a mini version on hand in case I need a quick touch-up during the day.

MILK MAKEUP, KUSH High Volume Mascara, Dhs130, SHOP NOW

4. hour glass | extreme lash mascara

Asides the fact that the packing is beyond chic, the HOURGLASS mascara coats your lashes from the roots to the tip with a highly impactful formula and fanned-out finish. It’s been a go-to for as long as I can remember!

HOURGLASS, Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, Dh147, SHOP NOW

5. fenty beauty | volume, lift & curl mascara

Rihanna honestly outdid herself with this one, and what makes me even happier is that it actually does everything it says it’ll do. From instant volumizing to lifting, lengthening and curling, this mascara does wonders, and the best part is that it features a flat-to-fat brush that applies like a dream. I’ve never met a mascara more innovative than this one – you go, Riri.

FENTY BEAUTY, Volume, Life & Curl Mascara, Dhs125, SHOP NOW