What is a tubing mascara, you ask? It’s the answer to your prayers for extension-like lashes in a flake-free formula that slides right off at the end of the day.

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No matter what time of the year it is, we don't bat our eyelashes at sweaty situations, oily lids, and anything else that makes our immaculately applied mascara run, smudge, and flake. Suffice to say, we don't have time to worry about constantly fixing instances of smudging. While waterproof mascara has longer staying power than its traditional counterparts, many of those formulas require a full-force scrub-fest to remove — and even worse, they often claim a few lashes as collateral.

Enter tubing mascaras. Unlike conventional, wax-based mascaras, these contain polymers that wrap around the lashes so they don't smudge or flake during the day, cosmetic chemist Ginger King explains. Instead of rigorously wiping your eyes with makeup remover or thoroughly massaging mascara away with cleansing oil, these "tubes" slide off with warm water and some gentle pressure. "Think of it as the saran wrap on your lashes," King says. "They add some bulkiness and are flexible enough to stretch for an eyelash extension look." 

If you've given them a go before, you're familiar with the oddly satisfying visual of your lashes appearing to shed like snakeskin while your real lashes thankfully stay intact. (On the other hand, if this is your first try, don't freak out when you see lash-like tubes going down the drain!)

Below are our tried-and-true, flake-free, and smudge-proof favorites, recommended by dearteassociazione.org editors and makeup artists, that'll give your lashes the illusion of extensions. They're that good.

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Need proof Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara is the real deal? It won a 2020 Best of Beauty Award for its falsies-like effects that become apparent from the very first swipe. Countless dearteassociazione.org editors have raved about its abilities to bless lashes with sky-high length that never flakes, thanks to its innovative tubing formula that wraps around each individual lash. And, with the addition of shea butter and castor seed oil, lashes stay looking healthy and conditioned during wear.$24 (Shop Now)