Try as we might, mastering false lash application is something of a work in progress for us. But one thing we can always get down with? A really, really good mascara. So we’ve road-tested a load of new ones to see which give the best full, fanned-out, flirt-with-me lashes (because we’re good to you like that). All you have to do is pick the wand that’ll make the most of what you’ve got. As for nabbing that office cutie? You’re on your own with that one…

Rimmel Rimmel Wonderfully Real Mascara - Black £7.99 Buy Now

If you long for that lash-extension look without the eye-watering salon bill, this stuff will take you one step closer. The tapered brush stretches and curls each lash without clogging or clumping. All you gotta do is find the nearest dancefloor.

Maybelline Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Very Black 9.5ml £8.99 Buy Now

If you thought thick, black, doll-like lashes were the stuff of dreams, you need Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in your life, like now. The genius brush has bristles of six different lengths to hunt down even the wimpiest lashes. The result? More lashes than you’ll know what to do with.

L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara 01 Black £11.99 Buy Now

If your biggest bug bear with your lashes is that they’re shorter than the great British summer, stretch ’em out with the new L’Oreal Paradise Mascara. Not only does it add instant volume and length, but its lash-loving castor oil formula will help nourish long-term. We’re all over it.

Max Factor Max Factor Masterpiece Lash Crown Mascara Black £10.99 Buy Now

If your eyes are on the small side, this mascara is a dream! Its clever crown tip might look a little weird but it loads roots with product for serious drama, definition and a wide-eyed look.  

Bourjois Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara Waterproof Black £10.99 Buy Now

Perfect for getting ready al-desko, this handy pack has a high-def mirror so you can catch every lash with its party-proof, volume-boosting brush, without having to draw too much attention to the fact you’re getting ready in office hours. Winning.