The Best Clear Mascaras to Master That Au Naturel Look

When it comes to mascara, most of us opt for basic black. (Unless you’re one of the bold few to reach for those colored formulas made popular on recent runways.) But if you want a subtler lift that fits right in with your no-makeup makeup look, clear mascaras are the way to go.

A good transparent mascara helps pull your fresh-faced look together while adding a little lift. But not all clear mascaras are created equal. You want to pick one that’ll build both volume and length. Some even boast healing properties to repair less-than-lush lashes. Plus, clear mascara makes all the difference in defining your lashes, especially when curling them.

Here are the best clear mascaras to add to your makeup bag.


Great Lash Washable Mascara in 110 Clear, $4.89 at Target

Maybelline’s clear mascara separates lashes without leaving behind any buildup. Win-win.


Yves Saint Laurent

Vinyl Couture Mascara in 0-I’m The Endless, $41 at Sephora

Designed to be used as a top coat, this mascara goes on white, but dries crystal clear.


Professional Natural Lash Mascara, $6.99 at Ulta Beauty

This clear mascara is ideal for thick lashes since it separates as it curls and conditions. You can also use it to keep unruly brows in check.

E.L.F. Cosmetics

Clear Brow & Lash Mascara, $2 at Ulta Beauty

This mascara works like a glossy pomade for both your lashes and brows. And the light and buildable formula won’t make your lashes crunchy.

The Body Shop

Brow & Lash Gel, $10.50 at The Body Shop

Enriched with aloe vera, this pick will enhance your lashes for a natural-looking finish. It’s also a great option for contact lens wearers.

Dr. Hauschka

Brow & Lash Gel, $22 at Dr. Hauschka

A transparent gel with nourishing botanicals? Yes, please.