Dating back to ancient Egypt, mascaras have been a staple in a woman's boudoir. It was used then to darken lashes, rims, and eyebrows to ward off evil spirits. Fast forward to the 19th century, Eugene Rimmel (Founder of Rimmel Cosmetics in the UK) and T.L Williams of Maybelline created mascaras using petroleum jelly and coal. Cake formulas soon after were introduced and as the decades pass, this makeup wonder continues to undergo improvements to satisfy our hunger for luscious lashes.
The hunt for the best ever mascara is constantly on the to-do list as long, thick lashes lend a sexy, come-hither gaze that women (and men!) love. It's an easy cheat to getting dolled up—just by curling those lashes and wiggling that clever wand onto them. To help you pick the mascara that really deliver lash-enhancing results, view our gallery.