Consider the following scenario: There’s less than a minute until the Uber (that’s already late) arrives. After snipping off the Net-a-Porter tags, throwing on that new Proenza midi and scraping hair back into a sleek, low ponytail, you’re faced with a split 25-second decision: Apply lipstick, blush, or a coat of black mascara? A quick poll around the Vogue offices reveals that the overwhelming answer is to save the lashes first (you can always pinch your cheeks while en route, and stash a crimson red in your bag for post-dinner). And some of Hollywood’s best makeup artists couldn’t agree more.
While myriad formulas on the market promise to volumize, curl, and define, only a few stealth products make the professional cut.
Who better to trust for advice than experts who have tried them all, from drugstore to luxury and everything in between, and on famous lids belonging to the likes of Cara Delevingne and Charlize Theron?
Here are six of the most reliable and long-lasting mascaras that celebrity pros continue to stock in their kits year-after-year.
After all, those carryalls were made with rushed mornings and 14-hour days in mind.