A woman is applying mascara to her lashes

11 Different Types Of Mascara Explained

Finding a Mascara That's Right for You

Mascara is the go-to beauty tool that every makeup fanatic needs in her (or his) makeup bag and cosmetic collection. It’s the perfect beauty tool for any makeup look because it does what it does best: enhances the lashes to make them look pretty and stand out.

There are plenty of mascaras out there created by a variety of different beauty brands. Let’s explore mascara in detail and let’s discuss the different types of mascara that you can find.

What Is Mascara?

Mascara is a cosmetic product that’s used to enhance the eyelashes. It can enhance the lashes in many ways, from volumizing to thickening them.

The best thing about mascara is that no matter what type of mascara you use, it’s the perfect product to help you to achieve bold lashes in an instant. Mascara can also be used to shape up, style and enhance the brows, and many brow products contain mascara-style wands.

Types of Mascara

There are many different types of mascaras. Let’s take a look at what they are.


One of the popular types of mascara is lengthening mascara. This works by enhancing the length of the lashes to make them appear longer than they are. This is the right type of mascara to use if you’re aim is to create super long ‘spider’ or ‘webbed’ lashes, and it’s a great way to make your lashes be bold and stand out.


Volumizing or thickening mascaras work by adding volume, thickness, and texture to the lashes. This type of mascara can give your eye makeup look a much more defined look and it brings life to the lashes.

You can also use cream mascara to volumize your lashes but this type of mascara requires a careful and precise application.


Isn’t it annoying when you apply mascara and it leaves your lashes in clumps? It’s irritating to deal with and it makes lashes look really bad.

Even though there are plenty of hints and tips out there that will help you to combat mascara clumps – such as applying excess mascara to a tissue or napkin before application – you can find non-clumping mascara, which will help to smooth out your lashes and prevent clumping.


Mascara can be prone to smudging. For example, rainy weather or crying can cause mascara to smudge or run. Waterproof mascara is able to withstand any water and it’s more likely to last.


Avoid smudges with smudge-proof mascara. This is the type of mascara to go for if you want a clean and clear eyelash look.


Whether you have naturally curly eyelashes or you use an eyelash curling tool, using a curling mascara is a good way to curl those lashes. A really good tip is to use an eyelash curling tool then apply curling mascara to create the ultimate super-curly lashes.


To add definition to your lashes, a defining mascara is best. This type of mascara gives the lashes a defined look and an even coating to help the lashes stand out and blend in as part of any eye makeup look.


To make your lashes as dark as possible, it’s best to opt-in for ‘very black’ or ‘dark black’ mascara shades. This is perfect for those who are looking to create a bold lashes or a bold eye look.


For those of you who really want your lashes to stand out, opt for a colorful mascara! Pink, blue, purple, green, yellow, orange – take your pick! Whatever your desired hue is, a colorful mascara will make your lashes pop with eye-catching shades.

Powder Mascara

Mascara commonly comes available in a liquid form, but you can also get it in a powder form. With this type of mascara, you add a few drops of water and use a wand to apply it. Then it dries and sets in.

Mascara Primer

Mascara primer in the same way as a foundation base: it’s the base for your eyelashes and you apply it before you apply your go-to mascara. It’s a good idea to apply mascara primer before applying standard mascara because this will make the mascara last longer.

What’s Next?

So there you have it! There are so many different types of mascaras sold by a variety of beauty brands.

While they all have different uses, they all work to make the eyelashes look stunning and beautiful. Also, you can use mascara for your brows too.