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Our Best Mascaras for Volume to Try if You Have Thin Lashes

February 14, 2020

Let’s be real: Thin, stubby lashes likely aren’t on the list of your most sought-after beauty traits. On the contrary, most of us dream of thick, full lashes to frame our eyes. Of course, to make those dreams a reality, you’re likely on a quest for the best mascara for volume. Luckily, you don’t have to scour through endless pages on Google to find the best mascara for thin lashes—we’ve done all the work for you! Read on to learn about our best volume mascaras to add to your makeup bag ASAP.


Without further ado, allow us to share our best volumizing mascaras. Thin lashes? Don’t know them!

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup Lash Magnifying Mascara with Conditioning Serum: Formulated with a conditioning serum and jojoba oil, this mascara cares for your lashes while leaving them instantly volumized—no wonder it’s one of our best mascaras for thick lashes! The volumizing mascara is specifically designed for mature lashes, intensely magnifying to create a full and defined lash fringe. The ultra-gentle brush leaves lashes soft and supple. The formula is gentle enough for sensitive eyes, yet powerful enough to leave lashes lengthened and glamorous.

How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep up to the tips.

L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume: This instant eye-opening mascara curls and volumizes your lashes in a single swipe. The velvety, washable formula glides on smoothly to leave you with lifted, elongated lashes sans clumps. The unique Wide-Eyed-Brush—which features short and long bristles—effortlessly separates and coats every lash. The formula is also suitable for sensitive eyes. What more could a makeup junkie ask for? 

How to use it: Comb the Wide-Eyed Brush through your lashes, starting from the base and pulling up to the ends of your lashes. Apply just a few swipes or build on additional layers to achieve your desired lash look.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Washable Bold Eye Mascara: This cult classic volumizing mascara is uniquely formulated to resist clumping, keep lashes soft, and build lashes. The Volume Maximizing Brush quickly thickens lashes evenly for a full and bold look. Aside from building volume, the formula contains panthenol and ceramide-R to help protect and condition your lashes.

How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep up to the tips.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara: The next volume-boosting tube on our list, this mascara features a soft wavy bristle brush that holds the maximum amount of formula—not to mention it has over 200 bristles that catch every lash for a dramatic volumizing effect. This silky mascara glides on evenly and easily, leaving you with a full last fringe that’s feathery soft with plenty of volume and length.

How to use it: Place the brush at the base of your lashes and gently sweep up to the tips.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara: Last but certainly not least is this volumizing number. The black primer and fiber mascara system will give your lashes extreme volume and length. Sign us up! The two-step system first primes your fringe to build intense volume and color on each lash. Then, the fiber-infused mascara coats your lashes in fibers to take them to extreme lengths. 

How to use it: Start by applying the black primer, making sure to coat every lash from root to tip. Then, before the primer dries, apply the fiber-rich mascara on top of your primed lashes to create an extreme lash fringe effect. Repeat on the other eye.


It may not quite count as a mascara, but mascara primer can also be key in boosting thin lashes with volume. Just as wearing more than one coat of mascara can help, layering a coat of primer under your favorite volumizing mascara formula can really thicken the look of your lashes. Give either of the following options a try.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer: This lash primer has a lightweight, conditioning formula that builds dramatic volume and length on each lash, creating an even base that can help boost the effects of your mascara. The lash primer also acts as an eyelash conditioner for soft, nourished lashes over time. Win, win!

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Primer/Base: This pink-tinted primer makes lashes look thicker and helps enhance mascara wear. The conditioning lash primer formula, which is infused with rose oil, also helps adhere mascara to your lashes.

Now that you’re familiar with our best mascaras for volume, perhaps you’d like to focus on adding fullness to a different part of your eye makeup look—your eyebrows, of course! To fake thick brows worthy of your next Instagram selfie, check out our article, How to Get Fuller-Looking Eyebrows.

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