The 4 Best Clear Mascaras

When shopping around for clear mascara, it may seem like there's little difference between one brand and the next. However, the best clear mascaras will help curl and separate your lashes without any stickiness or flaking throughout the day.

The first thing you want to consider is the type of effect you're looking for with your mascara. One common complaint in using clear mascaras is being unable to see a difference in volume or length when applied. While there aren't many volumizing clear mascaras to choose from, one of my picks is formulated with vitamin E to promote lash growth and encourage volume over time. Another pick of mine — a splurge-worthy mascara from Zuzu Luxe — even has herbal extracts to nourish, lengthen, and, yes, even add more volume to your lashes.

Another important factor to consider is how sensitive your skin is. If you're prone to reactions, you may want to opt for a mascara that's hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist-tested, like my overall best pick below.

The final thing to consider is your budget. While there is some disagreement over how often you should replace your mascara, the rule of thumb is typically every three months. It's important to keep this in mind to make sure you're choosing a mascara you can afford to replace that frequently. Below, I've included a budget-friendly pick that comes in a set of three for just $10, which makes it easy to stock up. All of my picks range in price, with something to suit every budget. Read on to find the clear mascara that works best for you.