Let’s be serious mascara has got to be one of the biggest challenges women deal with, beauty-wise. There is a limitless selection of wands and formulas out there, so how do we choose the best choice for us?
For length without all the extra clumps…a synthetic brush might be great.
The stiff plastic bristles help in separating the lashes individually while at the same time it combs away any product buildup. It results in long, perfectly defined lashes without the black blobs.
Our picks: CoverGirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher ($6.99, drugstore.com); Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara ($24, bobbibrowncosmetics.com).
Want to coat every lash? Try a big bristled brush.
Bristles that are large and dense help coat each and every lash — even tiny corner hairs. These mascaras help and add major volume but still make your eyelashes look lush and soft.
Our picks: DiorShow Mascara ($25, dior.com); Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Mascara ($6.99, ulta.com).
For serious volume, prep with a lash primer.
No mascara can get all that extra volume on its own – enter the lash primer. Layering up with a lash primer, gives mascara an already plump surface to grip. These formulas also contain conditioning ingredients to nourish and protect your lashes.
Our picks: MAC Prep + Prime Lash ($16, maccosmetics.com); Smashbox Layer Lash Primer ($17,sephora.com).
No false eyelashes on hand, try fiber formulas.
These mascaras contain tiny fibers that stick to lashes to do two jobs bulk up volume and lengthen at the tips — these fibres extend from the ends of lashes for a longer look. It’s the closest you can get to falsies without having them on hand.
Our picks: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lash Mascara ($7.94, target.com); Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Lashes ($26, lancome-usa.com).
To play up corner lashes…try a spiky, domed brush.
Eyelashes that extend at the outer corners make your eyes look bigger and create a subtle almond shape. Brushes with a spiky ball-shaped tip are designed to make grab these lashes easy to maneuver.
Our picks: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($30, sephora.com); Benefit They’re Real Beyond Mascara ($23,benefitcosmetics.com).
In need of curlier lashes, try a curvy wand.
This shape adds lift in the center of your lash line to create a rounded, doe-eyed effect. Position the brush with the curve facing upwards (so it looks like a frowny face, not a smiley face) and let lashes rest on the wand for a few seconds to set the curl.
Our picks: Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara ($19, sephora.com); Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara ($6.29, target.com).
If you have sensitive eyes, an all-natural formula might be the way to go.
Mascaras made from naturally materials have improved drastically over the years. All these offer you an ingredients list you can pronounce, also a great bonus!
Our picks: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! ($19, sephora.com); Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara ($9.99, physiciansformula.com).
If you tend to get emotional, try waterproof mascara.
Waterproof formulas last through wet weather, sweat and tears — they can basically get you through anything. Bonus: These mascaras have a stiffer texture, which can also help hold a curl.
Our picks: Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lengthening Mascara ($7.99, drugstore.com); Clinique Lash Power Mascara ($16, clinique.com).
*photo and mascara options are from Daily Makeover
What’s your favorite mascara? Do you have a favorite formula? Or prefer a certain type of wand?