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Top 38 Best Japanese and Korean Mascaras in 2021 - Tried and True! (opera, DHC, and More)

Thick, long eyelashes are almost always in fashion, and you can't help but feel envious of those with amazing lashes. Fake eyelashes, of course, are a great choice for making your lashes pop, but a good mascara is also essential. But with so many products out there, it can be hard to choose one to buy.

That’s why we ordered the 38 most popular mascaras from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) and tested for the following:

  1. Curl Staying Power
  2. Finish
  3. Ease of Use
  4. Smudge Resistance
  5. Ease of Removal

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese and Korean mascaras.

Experts featured in this article

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  • Last updated: 02-10-2021
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Table of Contents

Top 22 Best Japanese Lengthening Mascaras

Now to introduce the 22 best Japanese lengthening mascaras available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from 1.0 to 5.0.

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Japaneseデジャヴュ ファイバーウィッグウルトラロングF
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl5.0
Finish5.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance5.0
Removal4.0
Overall score5.0
2
Japaneseセザンヌ エアリーカールマスカラ
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl5.0
Finish5.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance5.0
Removal3.0
Overall score5.0
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D-UP  Perfect Extension Mascara 1

D-UP Perfect Extension Mascara

$16.35

JapaneseD-UP パーフェクトエクステンション マスカラ
TypeTubing
BrushStraight
Curl4.0
Finish5.0
Application5.0
Smudge resistance3.0
Removal2.0
Overall score4.0
4
EYEMANIA  Innocent Long 1

EYEMANIA Innocent Long

$17.07

Japaneseアイマニア イノセントロング
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl4.0
Finish5.0
Application5.0
Smudge resistance2.0
Removal3.0
Overall score4.0
5
Flowfushi  Mote Mascara Natural 1 1

Flowfushi Mote Mascara Natural 1

$25.79

Japaneseフローフシ モテマスカラ NATURAL1
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl3.0
Finish3.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance4.0
Removal5.0
Overall score4.0
6
Heroine Make  SP Long & Curl Mascara Advanced Film 1

Heroine Make SP Long & Curl Mascara Advanced Film

$13.08

JapaneseヒロインメイクSP ロング&カールマスカラ アドバンストフィルム
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl3.0
Finish3.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance5.0
Removal4.0
Overall score4.0
7
Browlash NEO  Lash Up Mascara Long 1

Browlash NEO Lash Up Mascara Long

$14.95

JapaneseブロウラッシュNEO ラッシュアップマスカラ ロング
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl4.0
Finish3.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance4.0
Removal4.0
Overall score4.0
8
Majolica Majorca  Lash Expander Long Long Long 1

Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Long Long Long

$13.08

Japaneseマジョリカ マジョルカ ラッシュエキスパンダー ロングロングロング
TypeWaterproof
BrushComb
Curl4.0
Finish4.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance4.0
Removal2.0
Overall score4.0
9
Japaneseオペラ マイラッシュアドバンスト
TypeTubing
BrushStraight
Curl3.0
Finish2.0
Application3.0
Smudge resistance5.0
Removal5.0
Overall score4.0
10
Heroine Make  SP Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof 1

Heroine Make SP Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof

$14.76

JapaneseヒロインメイクSP ロング&カールマスカラ スーパーウォータープルーフ
TypeWaterproof
BrushArch
Curl4.0
Finish2.0
Application3.0
Smudge resistance5.0
Removal1.0
Overall score4.0
11
FASIO  Powerful Curl Mascara EX Long 1

FASIO Powerful Curl Mascara EX Long

$12.95

Japaneseファシオ パワフルカールマスカラEX (ロング)
TypeWaterproof
BrushStraight
Curl2.0
Finish3.0
Application5.0
Smudge resistance3.0
Removal5.0
Overall score3.0

Compare the Japanese Lengthening Mascaras

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dejavu  Fiberwig Ultra Long 1

dejavu

2
Cezanne  Airy Curl Mascara 1

Cezanne

3
D-UP  Perfect Extension Mascara 1

D-UP

4
EYEMANIA  Innocent Long 1

EYEMANIA

5
Flowfushi  Mote Mascara Natural 1 1

Flowfushi

6
Heroine Make  SP Long & Curl Mascara Advanced Film 1

Heroine Make

7
Browlash NEO  Lash Up Mascara Long 1

Browlash NEO

8
Majolica Majorca  Lash Expander Long Long Long 1

Majolica Majorca

9
Opera  MyLash Advanced 1

Opera

10
Heroine Make  SP Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof 1

Heroine Make

11
FASIO  Powerful Curl Mascara EX Long 1

FASIO

Name

Fiberwig Ultra Long

Airy Curl Mascara

Perfect Extension Mascara

Innocent Long

Mote Mascara Natural 1

SP Long & Curl Mascara Advanced Film

Lash Up Mascara Long

Lash Expander Long Long Long

MyLash Advanced

SP Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof

Powerful Curl Mascara EX Long

Features

Get Amazingly Clean and Long Lashes

This Lengthening Mascara Looks Natural and Doesn’t Smudge

Perfect if You’re Looking for a Crisp, Clean Look

Has a Perfect Finish and Ramps up the Volume

Mascara That's So Easy to Remove

Heroine Make’s Tubing Mascara Was Exemplary

Separates out Lashes and Extends Smoothly to a Sharp Point

Got Straight A’s on Everything but Removal

It Doesn’t Smudge and Is Easy to Remove

If You Prize Smudge Resistance Over Finish, Then You Might Like This One

We Liked That the Brush Was Thin and Easy to Use

Price$18.83$6.32$16.35$17.07$25.79$13.08$14.95$13.08$10.31$14.76$12.95
Japaneseデジャヴュ ファイバーウィッグウルトラロングFセザンヌ エアリーカールマスカラD-UP パーフェクトエクステンション マスカラアイマニア イノセントロングフローフシ モテマスカラ NATURAL1ヒロインメイクSP ロング&カールマスカラ アドバンストフィルムブロウラッシュNEO ラッシュアップマスカラ ロングマジョリカ マジョルカ ラッシュエキスパンダー ロングロングロングオペラ マイラッシュアドバンストヒロインメイクSP ロング&カールマスカラ スーパーウォータープルーフファシオ パワフルカールマスカラEX (ロング)
TypeTubingTubingTubingTubingTubingTubingTubingWaterproofTubingWaterproofWaterproof
BrushArchArchStraightArchArchArchArchCombStraightArchStraight
Curl5.05.04.04.03.03.04.04.03.04.02.0
Finish5.05.05.05.03.03.03.04.02.02.03.0
Application4.04.05.05.04.04.04.04.03.03.05.0
Smudge resistance5.05.03.02.04.05.04.04.05.05.03.0
Removal4.03.02.03.05.04.04.02.05.01.05.0
Overall score5.05.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.03.0
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Products That Didn't Make The Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Clumped, Heavy, and Messy

Clumped, Heavy, and Messy

Kanebo Natural Framing Mascara had our lashes looking longer, but the formula was quite thick and difficult to spread onto our lashes. If you aren’t adept with makeup, you’ll probably end up with clumps. Furthermore, because it was so viscous, it was heavy and caused our lashes eventually to droop.


Another mascara that had a clumping problem was Integrate Matsuiku Girls Lash (Sexy Long). The formula was thick and it clumped easily. It gave us this bulky and heavy finish reminiscent of a bad volumizing mascara. And that weight dragged our lashes down, eliminating all hint of a curl.


Leanani Premium Long & Separate Mascara clung on to everything, so we couldn’t get it to apply only to where we wanted it. Furthermore, the fibers were messy, and the lashes ended up looking like seaweed. And even though the mascara claimed to separate out your lashes, it actually bundled them together.

Clumped, Heavy, and Messy

Maybe it was because the curve to the brush was very slight, but Canmake Gokunobi Mascara was difficult to get even coats of mascara onto the lashes. There was fiber mixed in shaped like puffs of cotton, and it added on a lot of length, but if you tried to apply multiple layers, everything started looking sticky and heavy. It was really difficult to fix mess-ups, too. 


MUJI Mascara Film Type earned a score of 1.0 for both its finish and curl. The liquid splurted onto the lashes, sticking them firmly to one another. The clumping was especially bad around the roots, and you’d probably feel that weight every time you blinked. It was easy to remove, though.


DDK 4D Mascara Long Extension Amazing Eyelash had to be applied by alternating between normal and fiber mascara when applying coats. By building on layers, we could get the lashes to extend to as long as we wanted, but we ended up with jagged edges and a messy finish. You have to choose between length and finish, either or.

Issues With the Brush

Issues With the Brush

Mitsuyoshi Stage Mascara had a lot of fiber strands, and it left fake lashes looking unkempt. We couldn’t imagine having to use this every day. It was impossible to get a natural or delicate look.


Brow Lash EXLash Sculpture had an interestingly shaped comb that arched to fit the curve of our lashes, but also got tangled in them, making it impossible to brush them out. There were also bits of lash where the mascara collected, and everything ended up pretty sticky, so we were worried about the mascara transferring onto our under-eye area.


The curve of Scalp D Beautè Pure Free Mascara's brush was awkward and didn’t work well, so the lashes ended up sticking together. It was more volumizing than lengthening, succeeding only in making the lashes bulkier. However, we liked how the mascara didn’t smudge and was easy to remove.

Dried to an Unsatisfactory Finish

Dried to an Unsatisfactory Finish

DHC Super Long Mascara EX dried slowly, and as we were waiting for it to dry, the lashes started sticking to one another. Once it was dry, it was resistant to both sweat and oil; however, it would not be good for busy mornings. The formula was quite thin and easily spreadable and it was also a very natural black and easy to apply. 


KATE Virtual Long Lash's brush fibers pasted themselves to all of the lashes, the finish turned out messy and disheveled. Plus, it caused the lashes to bunch together, making it nearly impressible to separate them out. Like DHC, it also took a long time to dry.

Top 16 Best Japanese Volumizing Mascaras

Next, let’s talk about mascara that volumizes!
1
DHC  Volume Mascara EX 1

DHC Volume Mascara EX

$16.55

JapaneseDHCボリュームマスカラ EX
TypeWaterproof
BrushArch
Curl5.0
Finish3.0
Application5.0
Smudge resistance4.0
Removal3.0
Overall score5.0
2
Integrate  Matsuiku Girls Lash 1

Integrate Matsuiku Girls Lash

Feminine Volume

$13.08

Japaneseインテグレート マツイクガールズラッシュ【フェミニンボリューム】
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl5.0
Finish4.0
Application5.0
Smudge resistance3.0
Removal3.0
Overall score5.0
3
D-UP  Volume Extension Mascara 1

D-UP Volume Extension Mascara

$22.80

JapaneseD-UP ボリュームエクステンション マスカラ
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl5.0
Finish5.0
Application5.0
Smudge resistance2.0
Removal4.0
Overall score4.0
4
MAQuillAGE  Full Vision Mascara Volume Impact 1

MAQuillAGE Full Vision Mascara Volume Impact

$25.76

Japaneseマキアージュ フルビジョンマスカラ ボリュームインパクト
TypeWaterproof
BrushArched Comb & Brush
Curl5.0
Finish4.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance5.0
Removal1.0
Overall score4.0
5
FASIO  Powerful Curl Mascara EX Volume 1

FASIO Powerful Curl Mascara EX Volume

$11.55

Japaneseファシオ パワフルカールマスカラEX (ボリューム)
TypeWaterproof
BrushStraight Comb & Brush
Curl4.0
Finish5.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance4.0
Removal2.0
Overall score4.0
6
Japaneseメディア ボリュームマスカラ S
TypeTubing
BrushStraight
Curl3.0
Finish4.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance3.0
Removal4.0
Overall score3.0
7
Flowfushi  Mote Mascara IMPACT 1 1

Flowfushi Mote Mascara IMPACT 1

$31.47

Japaneseフローフシ モテマスカラ IMPACT1
TypeFilm
BrushRocket
Curl4.0
Finish4.0
Application3.0
Smudge resistance1.0
Removal4.0
Overall score4.0
8
Heroine Make  SP Volume & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof 1

Heroine Make SP Volume & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof

$13.66

JapaneseヒロインメイクSP ボリューム&カールマスカラ スーパーウォータープルーフ
TypeWaterproof
BrushRocket
Curl4.0
Finish3.0
Application3.0
Smudge resistance5.0
Removal2.0
Overall score3.0
9
SANA  PowerStyle Mascara Super Waterproof Curl & Separate N1 1

SANA PowerStyle Mascara Super Waterproof Curl & Separate N1

$12.64

Japaneseパワースタイル マスカラ スーパーウォータプルーフ カール&セパレート N1
TypeWaterproof
BrushStraight
Curl3.0
Finish4.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance3.0
Removal2.0
Overall score3.0
10
Japaneseヘビーローテーション エクストラボリュームマスカラ
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl3.0
Finish3.0
Application4.0
Smudge resistance2.0
Removal4.0
Overall score3.0
11
EYEMANIA  Waterproof Strong Volume+ 1

EYEMANIA Waterproof Strong Volume+

$20.00

Japaneseアイマニア ウォータープルーフストロングボリューム プラス
TypeWaterproof
BrushArch
Curl2.0
Finish3.0
Application3.0
Smudge resistance4.0
Removal5.0
Overall score3.0
12
dejavu  Lash Knockout Extra Volume 1

dejavu Lash Knockout Extra Volume

$16.33

Japaneseデジャヴュ ラッシュノックアウト エクストラボリューム
TypeTubing
BrushArch
Curl2.0
Finish4.0
Application3.0
Smudge resistance2.0
Removal4.0
Overall score3.0

Compare the Japanese Volumizing Mascaras

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1
DHC  Volume Mascara EX 1

DHC

2
Integrate  Matsuiku Girls Lash 1

Integrate

3
D-UP  Volume Extension Mascara 1

D-UP

4
MAQuillAGE  Full Vision Mascara Volume Impact 1

MAQuillAGE

5
FASIO  Powerful Curl Mascara EX Volume 1

FASIO

6
media  Volume Mascara S 1

media

7
Flowfushi  Mote Mascara IMPACT 1 1

Flowfushi

8
Heroine Make  SP Volume & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof 1

Heroine Make

9
SANA  PowerStyle Mascara Super Waterproof Curl & Separate N1 1

SANA

10
Heavy Rotation  Extra Volume Mascara 1

Heavy Rotation

11
EYEMANIA  Waterproof Strong Volume+ 1

EYEMANIA

12
dejavu  Lash Knockout Extra Volume 1

dejavu

Name

Volume Mascara EX

Matsuiku Girls Lash

Volume Extension Mascara

Full Vision Mascara Volume Impact

Powerful Curl Mascara EX Volume

Volume Mascara S

Mote Mascara IMPACT 1

SP Volume & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof

PowerStyle Mascara Super Waterproof Curl & Separate N1

Extra Volume Mascara

Waterproof Strong Volume+

Lash Knockout Extra Volume

Features

Amazing at Keeping Your Lashes Curled

Separates Out Each Individual Lash With an Elegant Finish

Works for Both Length and Volume

A Long-Wearing Mascara That Keeps Your Lashes Curled and Your Lids Smudge-Free

Gives You Impact and a Whole Lot of Volume

Perfect if You Want Just a Bit of Volume for a More Natural Look

We Like That It’s as Light as It Is Volumizing

The Finish Wasn’t Special, but This Volumizing Mascara Was Made for Summer

Decent and Easy to Use in the Morning

Combines Lashes in a Beautiful Way

Adds a Lot of Volume

Get Thick, Doll-Like Lashes

Price$16.55$13.08$22.80$25.76$11.55$11.30$31.47$13.66$12.64$10.89$20.00$16.33
JapaneseDHCボリュームマスカラ EXインテグレート マツイクガールズラッシュ【フェミニンボリューム】D-UP ボリュームエクステンション マスカラマキアージュ フルビジョンマスカラ ボリュームインパクトファシオ パワフルカールマスカラEX (ボリューム) メディア ボリュームマスカラ Sフローフシ モテマスカラ IMPACT1ヒロインメイクSP ボリューム&カールマスカラ スーパーウォータープルーフパワースタイル マスカラ スーパーウォータプルーフ カール&セパレート N1ヘビーローテーション エクストラボリュームマスカラアイマニア ウォータープルーフストロングボリューム プラスデジャヴュ ラッシュノックアウト エクストラボリューム
TypeWaterproofTubingTubingWaterproofWaterproofTubingFilmWaterproofWaterproofTubingWaterproofTubing
BrushArchArchArchArched Comb & BrushStraight Comb & BrushStraightRocketRocketStraightArchArchArch
Curl5.05.05.05.04.03.04.04.03.03.02.02.0
Finish3.04.05.04.05.04.04.03.04.03.03.04.0
Application5.05.05.04.04.04.03.03.04.04.03.03.0
Smudge resistance4.03.02.05.04.03.01.05.03.02.04.02.0
Removal3.03.04.01.02.04.04.02.02.04.05.04.0
Overall score5.05.04.04.04.03.04.03.03.03.03.03.0
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Products That Didn't Make The Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Didn't Leave the Best Finish

Didn't Leave the Best Finish

Canmake Gokubuto Mascara didn’t smear and it kept our lashes curled. However, when it dried, it looked powdery and clumpy. The mascara stayed, but it was awkward and clumpy from the very beginning. Furthermore, the brush was thick and hard to use. If you aren’t careful, you’re going to get mascara on your eyelids.


When we pulled the brush out of SANA Super Quick Mascara, we were frankly shocked at how much product was on it. We wiped off excess on a tissue, but even so, the mascara clumped and stuck our lashes to one another. It was also very uneven and left us with thick lashes, thin lashes, and everything in between.

Smears Too Much

Smears Too Much

As soon as we sprayed on some water after applying RE:DUA by A-first Volume Mascara, rivulets of black started trickling down. When we rubbed at it, it just made everything worse. In the end, everything around the lashes was a muddy shade of black. It smeared too easily.


Missha 4D Mascara, likewise, also smeared with water and oil. Plus, it didn’t add on much volume, so if you’re looking for thick lashes that will throw your eyes into sharp relief, forget it. We did like that it kept our lashes separate from each other, but it certainly didn’t make them dense or luxurious. 

How We Tested the Mascaras

How We Tested the Mascaras

We tested the 38 most popular Japanese and Korean mascaras for each of the following things:

  1. Curl Staying Power
  2. Finish
  3. Ease of Use
  4. Smudge Resistance
  5. Ease of Removal

Test ① Curl Staying Power

Test ① Curl Staying Power
First, we looked to see how long the mascara kept your lashes curled.

We applied all the mascara to fake eyelashes and stuck them to a wall for eight hours. We looked at how much the lashes sagged, both right after application and after eight hours had passed. We then graded each product on a five-step scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

※In order to get as close as real life as possible, we also sprayed on some artificial sebum after four hours.

Mascara That Separates Out Your Lashes and Were Voluminizing Stayed Curled the Longest

Mascara That Separates Out Your Lashes and Were Voluminizing Stayed Curled the Longest

At the end of the day, most of the lashes that stayed curled were coated with “separating” mascara. This is the kind that combs out each individual lash. It may be because, since the lashes were spread out, each individual lash had to carry less weight, which kept it perky for hours.

In addition, volumizing mascara also tended to preserve curl. As long as the lashes were coated in a mascara that spread easily, rather than one that was dense and viscous, they could keep that nice upward arch for an entire day.

Test ② Finish

Test ② Finish
Next, we went more surface-level and simply graded each mascara on how it made your lashes look.

We applied mascara onto each of our sets of fake eyelashes and tried to make sure we got a nice clean finish with no clumps. If it was a lengthening mascara, we checked to see if the lashes were actually longer; if it was volumizing, we checked to see if they were thicker. We then ranked each product on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Mascara That’s Been Fortified With Superfine Fiber Lengthens and Plumps up Your Lashes

Mascara That’s Been Fortified With Superfine Fiber Lengthens and Plumps up Your Lashes
Mascaras that did well on this test usually had superfine fiber mixed into them. The fiber strands, which were so thin they were nearly imperceptible to the naked eye, adhered to lashes, adding on both length and volume.
Many mascaras that have fiber mixed into them clump easily and are difficult to use. However, as long as the fiber strands are super thin, then you’ll get a nice finish. Just make sure you aren’t coating your lashes with too much fiber at once. If a huge glob of the stuff gets stuck on your brush, wipe off the excess with a tissue before applying.
On the other hand, liquid mascaras that were thick and viscous received low ratings. They kept getting caught on things, making it impossible to get a smooth coat.

Test ③ Ease of Use

Test ③ Ease of Use
Next, we looked at how easy each mascara was to apply.

We checked for things like whether we could get a smooth coat, no clumps or gaps, or whether it was easy to get just the right amount of product. We then rated each mascara on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Brushes With Densely Packed Bristles Coat All Your Lashes

Brushes With Densely Packed Bristles Coat All Your Lashes
Brushes with densely packed bristles made everything easier, no matter whether we were using lengthening or volumizing mascara. They could reach the fine lashes at the corners of the eyes, meaning there were no awkward gaps.
Furthermore, if the brush was soft overall, lashes didn’t get caught on it. This made for a smoother application and a beautiful, painless finish. On the other hand, if the brush was stiff and the bristles sparse, it made for a scraggly final look.

Test ④ Smudge Resistance

Test ④ Smudge Resistance
Next, we tested to see if the mascaras would smear or smudge.

We affixed the coated fake eyelashes onto sheets of paper and sprayed them with a mixture meant to simulate water and sebum. We then rubbed each five times with a wad of cotton and checked for smudging. We rated each mascara on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Dense Liquid Waterproof Mascaras Were Not Only Resistant to Water, but Also to Rubbing

Dense Liquid Waterproof Mascaras Were Not Only Resistant to Water, but Also to Rubbing
As would be expected, waterproof mascaras were the most smudge-proof by far. Non-waterproof mascaras couldn’t even compare.
In the waterproof mascara world, products that were thick but had some stretch to them were the least likely to smear. They were heavy, but that also allowed them to really adhere to the lashes and withstand friction.
In addition, if you use a mascara that’s quick-drying, you can blink without having to worry about it transferring onto your skin. This is something else to keep in mind if you’re concerned about smudging.

Test ⑤ Ease of Removal

Test ⑤ Ease of Removal
And finally, we looked at how easy each mascara was to remove.

If it was tubing mascara, we dunked our coated fake lashes in 104℉ water. If it was any other type, we used cleansing oil. We then looked at how much residue we were left with and graded each product on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Mascara That Bundles up the Lashes Tended to Be More Difficult to Remove

Mascara That Bundles up the Lashes Tended to Be More Difficult to Remove

If the mascara swept your eyelashes into little bundles, chances are that you’d have to rub at them to get them to come off, even if they were tubing mascaras. We tested the products on fake lashes, and thank goodness we did because when we rubbed at the lashes to try to remove the mascara, they started falling out in droves. They're probably not good for the skin either.

It might be a bit of a pain, but if you do choose to use mascara that gives you that bundled-up effect, get yourself a good eye makeup remover and remove gently.

How to Choose Japanese and Korean Mascara – Buying Guide

Here, we want to introduce three things you should look out for when picking out Japanese or Korean mascara.

Make Sure the Mascara’s Formulated to Give You the Finish You Want

There are two main types of mascara: lengthening and volumizing. Depending on which you use, you’ll end up with a slightly different look, so get the one that’s going to give you the finish you need.

If You’re Going for Dainty, Long Eyelashes, Get Lengthening

If You’re Going for Dainty, Long Eyelashes, Get Lengthening
You can probably tell from the name, but lengthening mascaras make your eyelashes longer. They’re great if you want to elongate short lashes or if you’re looking for a natural look (but still want to bring out your eyes).
If you want to go extra long, see if you can mascara that has fibers in it–known here as the fiber + long type. But there is a bit of a learning curve to fiber mascara, so if you’re a klutz with makeup, you might just decide it’s not worth the effort. We’ll talk about this in more detail later.

If You’re Looking for Impact and to Really Open up Your Eyes, Get Volumizing

If You’re Looking for Impact and to Really Open up Your Eyes, Get Volumizing

Volumizing mascara makes it look like you have more and thicker eyelashes. It’s great if you don’t have many eyelashes or if your eyelashes you do have no body or spring to them.

It also really enhances your irises and pupils, so if you’re looking for a dramatic flair, you can’t go wrong with volumizing. The only thing is that it clumps rather easily, so you may want to comb out your eyelashes as you’re laying it on.

Match the Type of Mascara to Your Skin Type and Particular Situation

Mascaras can be lengthening and volumizing; they can also have tons of other effects and characteristics. Check out two of the most important below, and see if they correspond to any of your needs.

If You Want to Remove Your Makeup With Hot Water, Look for Tubing Mascara

If You Want to Remove Your Makeup With Hot Water, Look for Tubing Mascara
Tubing or tube mascara, known in Japan as “film type” mascara, comes off with hot water. If the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is wrestle with your makeup, go with tubing mascara.
But even though tubing mascara is only supposed to come off with hot water, there are plenty of products that start smearing as soon as they’re wetted with lukewarm water, way beneath 100℉. So if your eyes water constantly, especially during allergy season, you might find that your mascara came off without you even noticing–something to watch out for.

If You Want Your Makeup to Look on Point the Entire Day, Get Waterproof Mascara

If You Want Your Makeup to Look on Point the Entire Day, Get Waterproof Mascara
Waterproof mascara is also pretty self-explanatory; it’s resistant to water and doesn’t come off as easily as tubing mascara. If you need your makeup to stay on, especially at the beach or the pool, then waterproof is your best bet.
The only issue is that waterproof mascara doesn’t mix well with oil. If you secrete a lot of sebum around your eyes, with certain brands, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up looking black around the eyes at the end of the day. However, recently, companies have been coming out with waterproof mascaras that are sebum-resistant, so look out for those.

Pay Attention to the Brush, as It Determines Finish and Ease of Application

You wouldn’t think it, but the shape of the brush has a huge effect on your final look. We talk about the four most common brush shapes below; look out for which one seems easiest to use and will give you the finish you want.

Anyone Can Get More Voluminous Lashes With a Good Arch

Anyone Can Get More Voluminous Lashes With a Good Arch
Arches are the most common shape and the most beginner-friendly. They’re good for volumizing and curling your lashes.
It’s curved in a way that fits the human eye, such that you can effectively coat all your eyelashes with a single swipe. We especially love that it makes it easier to apply mascara to the very roots of your lashes.

Reach Into Nooks and Crannies With a Rocket Brush

Reach Into Nooks and Crannies With a Rocket Brush
Brushes shaped like rockets will volumize your lashes and help you get into those corners. That’s because the closer you get to the tip, the thinner the brush gets

When you use the center of the brush, you add some more volume to all your lashes; when you use the tip, you can apply mascara to more delicate areas, such as the corners of your eyes and your under lashes.

Separate Out Each Single Eyelash With a Comb

Separate Out Each Single Eyelash With a Comb
Because it brushes out each single eyelash as it applies mascara, comb-shaped brushes preclude clumps. They’re great for adding some curl or for producing long, delicate lashes. They also spread out your lashes, which makes you look wide- and bright-eyed.

Take Complete Control With a Gourd-Shaped Brush

Take Complete Control With a Gourd-Shaped Brush
Because there’s a dip in the middle, a gourd-shaped brush will apply different amounts of mascara to different parts of your lashes. That makes it easier to fine tune volume and length.
Furthermore, if you use just the tip of the brush, it’s easy to apply mascara to small areas. If you take the time to master this brush, you can play around with all kinds of subtle looks.

Stay Away From Fiber Mascara if You're a Beginner

Stay Away From Fiber Mascara if You're a Beginner
Make sure you check whether there’s any fiber mixed into the mascara. If you’re not good at applying mascara or simply not yet used to it, then you may find yourself slightly stumped by fiber mascara.
Fiber mascara’s great because it’s extra volumizing, adding on both length and thickness to your lashes. However, because there are a lot of products out there that utilize fibers of different shapes and sizes, they clump fairly quickly. When applying, take your time and comb out your lashes between coats.

How to Get Beautiful Lashes With Mascara

You could get the best mascara in the world, but you still aren’t going to get the finish you want unless you know how to use it. You definitely don’t want to mess up and be left with streaks of black all over your lids.

Below, we’ve lined up a few tips and tricks that professional hair and makeup artists use, so be sure to try them out.

Wipe off Any Extra Product on a Tissue

Wipe off Any Extra Product on a Tissue
When a huge chunk of mascara gets stuck on the tip of your brush, make sure you wipe it off with a tissue before applying.
It might seem to be a waste of good product, but if you don’t want your mascara to clump, you need to do it. It’ll also ensure the mascara slides smoothly onto your lashes without looking too jagged or bulky.
If you wipe off the wand that attaches the brush to the cap, you can further ensure that absolutely no product gets onto your skin.

Change the Angle and Direction of Your Brush Depending on Where You’re Applying

Change the Angle and Direction of Your Brush Depending on Where You’re Applying
Raise your hand if you brush all your lashes in the same direction, in the same way. If you do that, however, you won’t be able to get your lashes to fan out. By changing the direction in which you apply mascara, you can end up with thicker, more beautiful lashes.
First, brush the lashes right above your iris straight up. Next, brush the lashes above the whites so that they fan out from either side. When you do so, make sure to brush from the roots of your lashes–this will ensure that they stay curled. If, however, mascara tends to smear when you apply from the roots, then apply mascara further up and use a clear top coat to firm up the bottom.
When applying mascara to the fine lashes at the corners of your eyes and your bottom lid, turn your brush so that it’s vertical, and you’ll have an easier time.

When Applying Multiple Coats, Brush Out Your Lashes With a Comb in Between Each Layer

When Applying Multiple Coats, Brush Out Your Lashes With a Comb in Between Each Layer
When you’re looking for extra volume or length, it’s common to apply multiple coats of mascara. Just make sure that when you do layer on product, you brush out your lashes with a comb in between each coat. This will prevent any clumping.
Volumizing mascara and fiber mascara clump up really quickly, so we’d say that you need a comb for those. Combs will also make sure your lashes are all separate from one another, resulting in a more natural look. If, however, alternating between an applicator and comb sounds like too much trouble for you, look for a mascara where the applicator is a comb.

How to Remove Mascara in a Way That Won’t Remove Your Lashes

How to Remove Mascara in a Way That Won’t Remove Your Lashes

If it’s tubing mascara, then all you need to do is rinse it off with some hot water; but, otherwise, we’d venture to say that most people rub at their mascara to get it off. And if you were to do that every day, then over time, your lashes might start falling out, leaving you with awkward gaps.

For the sake of your lashes, get a good eye makeup remover and take the time to gently get rid of all your mascara.
<How to Remove Mascara>
  1. Thoroughly wet a cotton pad with eye makeup remover.
  2. Lay the cotton pads on top of your lashes and let it soak for 30 seconds.
  3. Fold the cotton pads around your lashes and gently wipe them off.
  4. Soak a cotton swab in eye makeup remover.
  5. Take the folded cotton pad and line it up against your bottom eyelid.
  6. Close your eyes and run the cotton swab from the roots of your lashes to the tips.
  7. Gently wash off any remaining residue with lukewarm water.

Make Your Eyes Pop With These Products

Make Your Eyes Pop With These Products

You may be looking for even more amazing products to really make your eyes pop. Or you might even be just looking for more choices of tried and true mascaras. Here are some more amazing picks and buying guides to help you out.

Summary

We rounded up experts and members of our editing department, purchased the 38 most popular Japanese and Korean mascaras, and tested them all.

When you change up your mascara, you can change up your whole look. We hope you take this article as inspiration to go out and find a mascara that you can call ideal.

Author: Rio Sasaki/Translation: Jasmine Li


An Expert-Recommended Primer for Your Mascara

If you need a bit of help to prime your lashes before putting on your new mascara, then you'll want to check out this one recommended by beauty expert Aman.

Expert's
pick

L'Oreal ParisVoluminous Primer/Base Mascara

$6.74

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