With colorful mascara gaining popularity again, red mascara is standing out as a favorite. It’s becoming popular for brightening eyes and creating an overall funky—not cartoonish—look. Apply red mascara to both top and bottom lashes for a seriously bold look, or go more subtle. We love when people choose to apply the crimson hue just on the top or just on the bottom lashes and contrast with their favorite black mascara. It’s chic, not kid-like.

There are a bunch of ways to play around with red mascara. If you’re feeling especially daring, go for bright red and waterproof to keep your style on all day and night. Or for a more rich look, shades such as Black Cherry and Deep Burgundy bring all the focus to your peepers in the best way possible. Choose Maybelline New York’s Snapscara for a unique formula that comes right off with water. On the flip side, L’Oreal Paris’s Voluminous mascara is smudge-proof but comes off with makeup remover.

Shop some of our favorite red mascaras below and get ready to rake in all the compliments—and the Instagram likes, of course. We can’t forget about those.

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