Our Favourite Tubing Mascaras

If replacing your mascara is one of the things you neglected to do during lockdown, now could be the time to try a tubing formula. Unlike their conventional counterparts, the tube-like fibres wrap around individual lashes, which makes them seriously long-lasting. Even better, they slide off seamlessly just with warm water – no make-up remover required. Here are the ones the experts swear by…

Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara, £29

This brand-new mascara has already racked up rave reviews – especially among make-up artists, including Caroline Barnes. “Hourglass have nailed this tube formula and the brush," she says. "It allows you to get right down to your roots for extra volume, while the wand distributes colour evenly with rich, glossy pigment – it’s my go-to new mascara as it never smudges or flakes.” A must-try for those seeking volume and depth, no matter how stubby your natural lashes.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Sensai Lash Volumiser 38°C Mascara, £18.40

Just a couple of strokes of this well-loved mascara offer extra impact and definition. It has a shorter wand so you can get right up close the root, while the colour it delivers is an almost vinyl, glossy black. A-list make-up artist Mary Greenwell often says this is the one mascara she buys on repeat, thanks to the large brush head and the tubing formula.

Available at Amazon.co.uk

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No7 Stay Perfect Long-Lasting Volume Mascara, £13

Silicone-based, this high-street mascara is known for its smudge-proof properties. It rinses off easily in little silicone tubes that don’t leave behind any dark or grey staining, and with tightly packed bristles, the wand is great for those wanting to get close to the lash line without any transfer onto the eyelids. Expect a lifted, cat-eye effect that elongates and shapes.

Available at Boots.com

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Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara, £22

One of the first tubing mascaras to hit the market, this cult classic is considered one of the best thanks to its clump-free formula and jet-black colour. No longer a make-up artist secret, it’s become a bestseller on numerous sites and regularly sells out – so be quick. The thinner wand separates and curls lashes for a wide-eyed effect, while allowing for more even application on smaller eyes and lower lashes, too. Make sure you don’t pull the tubes off – instead, let the warm water soften them and gently remove with a flannel or cotton pad.

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

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Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara, £19

Make-up master and SL contributor Zoe Taylor recommends this Fat Brush Mascara. “With an impressive tubing formula, it never budges and the colour is deep and intense. I always have one to hand – especially for my clients who are looking for something that’s long-wear,” she says. The supersized bristle is a huge bonus, allowing for maximum intensity, while the keratin formula keeps lashes strong and conditioned.

Available at LookFantastic.com

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L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lengthening Mascara, £11.99

If you want to try a tubing formula on a budget, opt for this one from L’Oréal. Regularly spied in make-up artist kits backstage, it has both a primer and mascara to ramp up and lock in the look. That said, experts recommend you go sparingly on the primer – use only a tiny bit to avoid clumps. You’ll find this formula gives the appearance of fullness immediately, with its tube polymers quickly wrapping around each lash to lengthen and define.

Available at Boots.com

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MAC Extended Play Lash Mascara Gigablack, £14.45

Ideal for those seeking length over volume, this mascara is known for its separating benefits. Delivering a natural, everyday look, it glides through lashes with a glossy black finish that looks expensive. Despite being resistant to sweat and humidity – you won’t find any migration down your face come 3pm – it washes off well without the need for tugging. It has a very thin brush, too, so it’s great for catching the smaller lashes at the inner and outer corners for extra density.

Available at Boots.com

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