13 Tubing Mascaras That Are as Good as Lash Extensions

Long, fluttery lashes are just a swipe away.
Last Updated
Jul 14, 2022

Many mascaras make bold claims about what they can do for our lashes. Some advertise over-the-top volume, ultra-black pigment, and falsie-level separation, others claim to strengthen, lengthen, and hold a curl all day long. But most mascaras can only do so much for your natural eyelashes. In the past, those of us with short, stick-straight lashes had to turn to lash extensions or strip lashes to actually achieve va-va-voom level length and volume. That is, until the innovative technology that is a tubing mascara entered the makeup scene. 

In addition to being less prone to flaking and smudging, these formulas rival the drama of lash extensions due to their unique ingredients that actually build upon your natural lashes. Not sold yet? We talked to top celebrity makeup artists for their insight on what makes these mascaras so special. 

What Is Tubing Mascara?

Tubing mascara gets its name from the way the formula wraps around each of your individual eyelashes to enhance them one by one. “While regular mascara coats your lashes with wax and pigment, tubing mascaras are made with polymers that adhere to each lash and create a tubing effect around them,” explains celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert, Nydia Figueroa. She points out that these formulas are especially great for those with oily eyelids who want something water-resistant, yet gentle on the eyes. 

Margina Dennis, a makeup artist who has worked with celebs such as Billy Porter, Mia Farrow, and Indya Moore, says tubing mascaras are a great alternative to the traditional waterproof mascara because “you eliminate the hard-to-remove aspect and dry feeling that comes with waterproof formulas thanks to the different technology.” She explains that the tubes are solidified as the mascara dries, so typically, only one coat is needed for maximum impact. Just beware—once the mascara has dried fully it can be difficult to layer without getting clumpy, so less is more.

To apply tubing mascara, work the wand through your lashes the same way you would a non-tubing formula, just pay a little extra attention to the tops of your eyelashes to build on them and add that lash-extension-level length. To remove, you’ll just need warm water and a washcloth and watch the tubes slide off. 

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